Free Brother MCS Design & Pink Baby Blanket

Swiss flannel daygown, bonnet and blanket for baby's homecoming

Swiss flannel daygown, bonnet and blanket for baby’s homecoming

NOTE:  The free design can only be used on Brother machines with the My Custom Stitch feature.  You must download the design and then import it to your machine via memory stick or floppy drive.  It cannot be opened on a computer or accessed any way other than through a Brother model which offers this feature.

It has been busy, busy, busy around here.  I’ve embroidered and framed more scripture verses for church, sewn a denim gored skirt for 9 yo Laurel from a fabulous pattern,   embroidered my son’s hiking back pack, altered his “thunderware” (YIKES!) and done a variety of other “utility” sewing projects.


This photo has been edited/darkened to better show detail.

This photo has been edited/darkened to better show detail.

While  trying to get some blogging done, I came across the forgotten post below in my draft folder.  Since two of my earlier posts on Brother’s  My Custom Stitch  feature,  Heart Swag Baby Shawl  and  T-Bonnet ,  there have been several inquiries asking about the zig zag feather stitch I created.  So once again, I am offering it to readers.  It can be saved to a memory stick or floppy disk or whatever device you use to transfer information to your sewing machine.  It is not a .pes hooped embroidery design.  This is done on the sewing side of the machine.

Swiss flannel bonnet, blanket and daygown for baby's homecoming

close up of zig zag feather stitch, worked with 30 wt. cotton thread

This  soft pink set was made for granddaughter Vivian Rose’s homecoming in January.  But she was a smaller newborn than our other three grandchildren so the size I chose was too big for her.  Now, 8 months later, the gown has been worn and outgrown.


This shows the feather stitch with greater contrast to better show detail.

This shows the feather stitch with greater contrast to better show detail.

Read on about this useful stitch and post your request for it in a comment.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

I love soft, luxurious Swiss flannel for a winter baby.  Especially here in Florida where winters are usually moderate, a baby dressed in this fabric can be out on the town without being bundled in a parka.

The creamy pink blanket will be a nice wrap or nursing cover-up.  It matches the bonnet and smocked daygown featured in earlier posts.

The floral embroidery designs are from the Fil Tire’ and Fancywork Combinations collection by Suzanne Sawko and me.  As usual, I have added hand stitched French knots.




The “C” monogram (or technically a royal cypher–see previous post) design is from Nivia’s Monogram 2 set.  I love every one of the collections she has done, most of which incorporate fil  tire’.


embcloseFI2cropcontrast                   color has been edited for better visibility of details

The first Nivia monogram collection has larger letters, but the second, which I used, has much smaller letters.

WOW!  I am shocked!  I just went to Martha Pullen’s site for a link so you could view the collection.  They are not there!  Martha no longer carries these spectacular designs.  However, there are at least two other Nivia collections advertised at AllBrands.  There may be other sources.

So many of my favorite designs are no longer readily available—the French Chefs from Amazing Designs, shadow work by Suzanne Hinshaw , and now Nivia’s sets.  What a shame.  I’m glad these treasures were added to my embroidery collection early on and hope any of you who look for them can find a set.

But back to the blanket. Worked a few inches from the pinstitched lace edging is a zig zag feather stitch frame.   I am really proud to have designed this stitch in  My Custom Stitch  feature on many Brother machines.  In my opinion, this attribute is seriously underutilized.

There is a great, in-depth book on the subject which I found to be very helpful.  Brother’s My Custom Stitch by Barbara Skimin was a valuable reference as I got  the knack of this.  For some time, the book was almost impossible to find, but now I see it is available here.

The description reads, “Barbara Skimin has written an easy and fun guide that can be used with any Brother machine with the My Custom Stitch feature. This book will teach you everything you need to know about My Custom Stitch. It includes in-depth instructions for creating your own custom stitches, complete instructions for four projects and detailed information on Brother’s Pacesetter models. If you can imagine it, you can create it!

On Swiss flannel, the zig zag featherstitch looks best, in my opinion, worked in 30 wt. cotton thread.  The look really pleases me.  I like Mettler’s 30/2 Machine Embroidery thread (yellow/gold lettering on spool) or their 50/3 Silk Finish cotton thread (purple lettering).  I use them interchangeably.

If anyone would like this design,  just leave your request as a comment.  It is simply downloaded from the attachment and then sent to your machine via one of the transfer methods.

For even more on this stitch and to see it a on batiste T-Bonnet, see this earlier post.   If any of you have designed stitches here, I’d love to see them.  There are many excellent MCS stitches you can download here on the Brother web site.

Gosh, I really got carried away about My Custom Stitch.  Please just check it out if you have that feature.

Back to my sewing room………



83 responses to “Free Brother MCS Design & Pink Baby Blanket

  1. Hilda Mellado

    I would like to receive this free pattern for my brother machine. Thanks

  2. Hilda, the MCS design file has been sent. I hope you enjoy working with it.

  3. There are things that I would love to do for different charities, and these patterns are just what I am looking for. Donate to the hospital that I retired from. Beautiful Pictures. I now have a Brother machine (new) and I love what all I can do with it. No one should sit idle, help others.
    Thank You

  4. Kathleen, the MCS stitch has been sent. Surely you will make beautiful things for your hospital.

  5. Amarilys Feliciano

    Janice I am new in the Brother Embroidery Machine! I bought a Brother SE 400 and I just received it today. I would like to receive this free pattern, Please!!!

  6. Amarilys, I am so happy for you! This is a great machine–small and portable but with so many features. I know you will love it. I have the earlier version of that machine, the 300 SE. I’m not certain that your machine has the MCS capability, but I’ll send the design shortly. Happy stitching!

  7. Ann Fitzgerald

    Janice, after a 10 year sewing hiatus I am finally getting back into it, and I am very drawn to the types of projects shown on your site. As a matter of fact I have been glued to your site ever since I came across it yesterday. I have 2 Brother machines that have the MCS feature, and I would love to receive your free design!

  8. Ann, welcome back to the wonderful world of sewing! Your Brother machines are workhorses but with the style of a show horse. I hope you enjoy using this stitch on your new projects.

  9. Janice, I just came across your site looking for machine feather stitch. If you still have it, I would love to receive this pattern for my Brother machine. I have not tried to use MCS yet, so this would be perfect to try.
    Thank you

  10. Robin, the design has been sent. Have fun with your Brother MCS.

  11. Me gustan sus diseÑos soy venezolana y no entiendo mucho el ingles y tengo una maquina brother pe500 y no dispongo de muchos diseños y por aqui no utilizamos dolares asi que si me pueden ayudar con diseÑos gratis estare muy agradecida les deseo mil exitos

  12. Amarilys, this design will only work on Brother machines which have the My Custom Stitch feature. I don’t think the PE 500 has it. You have a great machine. I wish I could be more helpful. I will send you a few free designs which will work on your machine. Thank you for writing.

  13. Amarilys, I have written to you privately.

  14. Is this free design still available? I have a Brother embroidery machine. Thank you

  15. Becky, the design has been sent. I hope you enjoy the MCS feature on your Brother machine.

  16. Where Can I get the File Tire by you and Suzanne? I am going to be a grandmother again in the spring. Son Gregg got married last October. So excited. He has a stepdaughter, which I don’t like the word, my granddaughter who is 6. WE have 114 full time students at Sewing at the Beach Wish you were coming

  17. Linda, what a lot of good news! A new granddaughter, a new baby in the spring and 114 students at SATB!!!! WOW! SATB and your life (and YOU!!) just seem to be getting better and better as time goes on. I’ll write to you privately about the fil tire’. Of course, I love it and it seems so do you.

  18. Please would like to have very much for my old Brother Pacetter Disney 3 if is not too much to ask. I have been trying to do & asked many talented digitizing persons to no avail. Thanks from the bottom of my heart!

  19. Sara, the design has been sent. I hope you find time to play with the fabulous MCS feature on your machine. The ULT 2003D is a GREAT machine. I love mine.

  20. Sara, the MCS design has been sent. I’m so glad you are interested in this great Brother feature. I hope you find lots of uses for this zig zag feather stitch.

  21. Sally Hilfiger

    I would love to try your zigzag feather stitch. I am going to attempt a christening gown\n and i think that would be a lovely addition to the fancy band. I have a Babylock and I think it should work!

  22. Sally, I’m sorry but the stitch will not work on anything but a Brother with the My Custom Stitch feature. Brother always holds back one or two feature from the comparable Babylock and this is one. It could only be saved in a format that only this program/feature can read. I wish I could be more helpful.

  23. I too would LOVE to receive the pattern. I have the Brother VQ2400 and am currently getting to know her better and investigating how to custom stitch when I ran across your blog tonight.
    Thank you!

  24. Else, the MCS design has been sent. I hope you enjoy working with this wonderful Brother feature. There seems to be very little information about MCS, which is why I recommend Barbara Skimin’s book. I’m glad you found my blog and hope you will visit again.

  25. Thank you, Janice!! I have received your email and thank you for the file! I am trying to purchase the book by Barbara Skimin but until now have found postal rate triple the value of the book…. so I will keep on looking.

  26. May I receive the free Brother design? Thank you

  27. Becky, the zigzag feather stitch (MCS) has been sent. There are so many ways to use this. I hope you enjoy playing with it.

  28. Karen Kinghorn

    I would love this design. It’s beautiful!

  29. Karen, the MCS designs will only work on a Brother machine with the My Custom Stitch function. The file is in PMI format, exclusive to Brother. I’m sorry it won’t work on your Viking.

  30. I know this is an old post but I would also like the zigzag feather stitch you designed and any others, for that matter. Thank you.

  31. I just read the comment above mine. I have a low end Brother, doesn’t have the My Custom St function, so the design may not work for me. Mine is a PE 750D, pes format.

  32. Toogie, the MCS zig zag feather stitch has been sent. I hope you find many uses for it.

  33. Oh, Toogie, I’m sorry I didn’t scroll up in the messages. I’m sure you enjoy your machine but I don’t think it has the MCS feature. But check anyway.

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