I love using templates and often use the very same method Eileen shows here. I recently produced a dress project currently featured on the official Brother blog. I used templates along with Brother Innove-InnovEye® Technology and a scanning feature built in to select Brother models to precisely position a connected strip of designs for the center front of the dress.
In addition, there is a tutorial on Brothersews that shows you how to properly make use of the template grid included with hoops that come standard with machines. CLICK HERE to read this informative set of instructions.