Have you ever stitched out the wrong thread color while embroidering? We've probably all done that at least once. Hopefully, this tip will help prevent that from happening again!
Each Sew Inspired by Bonnie design comes with a stitch chart, similar to this one from the Merry Mermaids set. In addition to the design measurements and stitch count, it also shows the sequence of thread colors used.
Anytime I'm setting up for a machine embroidery project, I like to get all my threads organized next to my machine in the order that I'm going to sew them out. This helps to keep me from accidentally getting green hair on a design or some other color that I didn't intend on stitching. I also like to leave a gap if a color repeats so that I know something's missing. Then, I know that I need to look and see what color it is and get it in order.
In this example, the first two colors were the placement and tack-down stitches for the Merry Mermaids applique. Since any color can be used for those first two steps, I happened to use Color 4 (on the machine) since it had a little higher contrast. When I finish a color, I either put it back in line where it goes, or completely out of the way in a "finished" group so my line stays in order with the next color always in front. Color 3 is the Flesh Pink, 4 is Purple (on the machine which will be put back in its proper spot line once finished), 5 is Lavender, 6 is Flesh Pink (because it is a repeat, there is a space left for it), and 7 through 10, etc., are the remaining colors in the design.
You can see how the Merry Mermaid design stitches out using GlitterFlex in this video.
This method works well for me. How do you arrange your threads when you embroider?