The Avid Embroiderer Presents – Registration is the key! And a Purrfect kitten freebie.

Registration (a line edging the design to create more detail) is one of my earliest recollections of issues that I dealt with in embroidery.

In the case of these identical kittens (or Chipmunks?), the red line is the registration stitches. Without them, the second kitten looks a little strange.







Worse than losing details, if that red line is not in sync with the design, you have something that is not as professional as you would like.

At first, I thought that the digitizer had not done a good job. Then I realized that the fabric had actually moved 1mm creating a gap between the body and the detailed outline. 

I normally would have placed a basting stitch around the kitten but in this case, my software allowed me to do an "offset." Offsets can be used for emphasis, outlining or basting. I did set the stitch length at 4.0mm so that it will be easier to remove upon completion. If you forget to place a basting stitch on your design, you can add it from the 'frames/outlines" available on your machine. Just be sure to add that section on at the beginning so it can do its work as you go.

With all my expectations of a perfect project, I do need to remember that preparation is important. A stabilizer is needed in this instance as well, I have always said, it is difficult to 'over stabilize' but 'under stabilization' is a disaster in the making.





Here is the Freebie for this time, it is 'reverse' outline. That is it leaves empty space to give the details. I think it is really cool!


Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.



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AccuQuilt + Embroidery = Very Merry Christmas Ornament

AccuQuilt + Embroidery = Very Merry Christmas Ornament

AccuQuilt Very Merry Christmas Ornament

Embroider a holiday design on a piece of wool felt and you create an ornament. Trim it with an AccuQuilt die and it becomes an extraordinary keepsake!

I'm hooked on AccuQuilt. Clean, crisp, quick, and consistent, the dies make my ordinary projects extraordinary. This project combines machine embroidery with a wool felt Christmas tree cut with AccuQuilt's Holiday Medley die.

AccuQuilt Holiday Medley Die

I have always loved this Grand Slam design. Using only two thread colors, it stitches out quickly in a 100 x100 hoop. My berries are always some shade of red, but the text looks good in cream, white, or gold. In the test stitch-out, the design was too wide so I reduced it to 90 percent of size and resaved it (with a new name, not overwriting the original file) in resizing software.

Grand Slam Very Merry Christmas Tree design

Cut two pieces of wool slightly larger than the grey tree die area. I prefer to use Marcus Brothers wool felt whenever possible. Hand-dyed wool is also lovely, giving the tree a more realistic color palette.

With the die, right side up, layer both pieces of wool felt on top (Yes, they cut perfectly at the same time!), followed by the cutting pad. AccuQuilt Holiday Medley Die Free Project

Roll it through the AccuQuilt GO! and you get two perfect Christmas trees, one for the front and blank one for the back.

AccuQuilt Holiday Medley Die Free Project 

Hoop a piece of adhesive tear-away stabilizer or medium-weight tear-away with spray adhesive to hold your tree in place (for the back of the tree, not the stabilizer). Mark the hoop's vertical and horizontal centering lines.

 AccuQuilt Holiday Medley Die Free Project

Center the tree in the hoop, using marked lines as guides, and finger-press it in place.

AccuQuilt Holiday Medley Die Free Project

The berries stitch first, followed by the text. Be sure to clip berry jump stitches before stitching the text.

AccuQuilt Holiday Medley Die Free Embroidery Project

When stitching is done, remove it from the hoop and carefully separate the adhesive tear-away stabilizer from the back.

Dot glue on the blank back piece, leaving about three-quarters of an inch unglued at the top of the tree. Line up the embroidered front with the back, place under a flat object, and let it dry.

AccuQuilt Holiday Medley Free Embroidery Project

Create an ornament hanger by cutting a piece of 20-gauge wire 2" in length. Slide on an angel body, wings, head, and halo from a string of Darice Enchanted Angels. Bend a hanging hook for the top end and a smaller hook at the bottom end.

 AccuQuilt Holiday Medley Free Embroidery Project

Sandwich a hanger in between the tree layers at the top. Add glue, place a lightweight, flat object on top. Let it dry overnight and it's ready to hang!

AccuQuilt Very Merry Christmas Ornament

Debbie SewBlest

Comments (3) -

I love this idea!


It is quick, unique, easy, and nobody will have one like it!


I love this too... very unique!!


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