An Indispensable Tool


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.

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    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.


    Comments (3) -

    It is so much easier to stitch the design on either tulle or a nylon mesh stabilizer, cut or burn away the excess and the stitch the design on the onsie.

    Maybe is it a forgone conclusion that anything embroidered that will be touching bare skin needs to be covered.

    There are products for this, or you can use iron-on Tricot interfacing.

    Marsuz - I am looking at that PAL2 with great anticipation.  I hope to get one soon.  I think that a onesie is too small but the PAL2 would be wonderful on other sized projects.  After all, it can be challenging getting everything perfectly straight.

    Eileen is talented and innovative.  Practice with the onesie and PAL2 is likely to be the key.  Then again, practice is good for many things.

    Pattiann - Good catch.  I think it is good to remind ourselves of the little tricks that will make our project the best it can be.

    I know that I used to do Pashminas all the time but switched to doing hankies for my retail site.  I had not done a Pashmina for 6 months.  I nearly had forgotten all the little details for a successful monogram.  

    Great Blog

    Pat, The Avid Embroiderer

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