September 21, 2012
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The Intermediate Embroiderer’s Bucket List
Last week, I posted the Embroiderer’s Bucket List for newbies. If you missed it, click here.
Many of you commented on the list – some of you have already checked
off all 10 items while others promised to work through the list. Here’s a
new list for those of you who are ready to move on to more challenging
machine embroidery tasks.
- Embroider a t-shirt. Placement is crucial when
placing a design on the left chest. It should sit fairly high on the
chest as you want to avoid the bull’s eye effect on the bust point.
Also, embroidery that drifts close to the sleeve seam and/or armpit is
very unprofessional. Use Designs’ Perfect Placement Kit left chest template for added insurance.
- Embroider a sweatshirt. Bulky sweatshirts can be
cumbersome when hooped so tame it by turning it inside out and resting
the bulk of the garment above the hoop. Plan the embroidery placement,
fuse polymesh stabilizer to the wrong side of the design area and turn
the garment inside out. Hoop the design area and ‘open’ the shirt to
expose the design area. Carefully attach the hoop to the machine.
- Edge Embroidery- try a border hoop, you’ll enjoy
the simplicity of the clamp-style hoop. Plan your designs close to the
fabric/garment edge and stitch away!
- Appliqué. When I teach across the country, I’m
always amazed to learn how many embroiderers haven’t tried an appliqué
design. Now’s the time – I’ll bet you’ll love how much impact appliqué
adds with just a little effort.
- 3-d appliqué. It literally pops off the fabric.
It’s fun, eye-catching and quite doable. These pretty little winged
creatures adorned the first cover of Designs.
- Stitch a border with evenly spaced designs. Learn
how to plan the whole layout, and then adjust as the stitching proceeds.
Measure the length of the fabric, measure the design, divide by a
manageable number (this is the number of repeats) and mark the fabric.
Start stitching, then continue to check the placement after you add each
- Stitch a matching set of napkins. You would think
monogramming a set of napkins would appear on the newbie bucket list.
But it’s actually a fairly tricky project. First, you want all the
napkins to match and you really don’t want to purchase 3 or 4 extra just
to get 6 that look alike. Since the monogram is normally placed close
to a corner (either on-point or straight) it can be challenging to hoop.
Just ask my Stitching Sister, Marie Zinno, she created these gorgeous
- Embellish the back pocket of a pair of blue jeans. You
only get one chance to do this right so it’s imperative to set your
self up for success. First, measure the pocket and select a design that
fills the space. Second, fuse the pocket shut so that you’ll be
stitching one layer of fabric – not two. Here’s a popular Designs cover
from the past.
- Design a layout for a skirt. A skirt is a large
(usually!) blank canvas. It’s the easiest garment to flesh your design
skills on because a basic a-line skirt has straight seams, one
horizontal hem and minimal tailoring features. You’ll learn how
embroidery draws the eye to the figure – sometimes that’s a good thing
- Create buttonholes with your embroidery machine. Let
your embroidery machine do one of sewing’s most daunting tasks –
buttonholes. All you have to worry about is marking the placement of the
buttonholes and the digital file will take over the rest – making
perfect duplicates, taming bulky layers of fabric and providing clean,
crisp stitches. I’ve shown you how to do this in a previous post – click here for details on buttonholes.
Thanks for reading!
Reprinted with permission from Eileen's Blog.