February 1, 2013
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We are excited to have Eileen Roche, Editor of Designs in Machine Embroidery share this content with you, which was originally posted on Eileen’s Machine Embroidery Blog
I can’t believe how indispensable this tool is. Recently, I was stitching 24 onesies, a daunting task even when it’s not crammed into a heavy travel, teaching schedule. I think the only thing that kept me sane during the process was thinking of the new parents of twins who would eventually receive the onesies. I know they haven’t slept more than 2 hours at a time in over three weeks so my task paled in comparison.
Back to the embroidery – the placement for center chest embroidery on onesies was simplified with the Center Chest templates from the Children’s Perfect Placement Kit.
Instead of using a round target sticker, I used the rectangular version and placed it lengthwise on the target area. This gave me a clear visual guide when hooping the tiny garments.
I hooped Floriani Wet ‘n Gone Tacky water soluble adhesive stabilizer in a 5” x 7” hoop for my single needle machine. Then I scored the protective paper and remove it to expose the sticky surface. I placed the hoop under PAL2, aligning the beam with the hoop’s centering marks.
I turned the onesie inside out and lifted the back of the shirt away from the front to expose the target sticker. Then I carefully placed the center of the target sticker under the beam.
Once aligned, I smoothed the shirt to the sticky stabilizer, working above the target and then below.
When it comes to quilting, PAL2 can multitask. I use it to find the center of a block.
And to make sure my seams are square.
I’ve been know to use it to trim blocks and cut fabric strips – all without using a ruler! I just align the beam with a line on the cutting mat, place the fabric edge on another straight line and then slice on the beam of light. Makes large cutting jobs fly by!
Thanks for reading!
Reprinted with permission from Eileen's Blog.