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Monday, March 21, 2011

I Learned Something New Today

I've had my sewing machine/embroidery machine for over five years already, but until now I had not tried applique in the hoop. Today, after watching a tutorial, I finally tried it.
I wanted to do one on a tee shirt for Irene, but first I practiced on a dish towel.
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Patterns are available on line. I like Embroidery Library. There I find designs, buy them with a credit card, and download them to my computer, using software that I bought with my machine.
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Designs come with instructions , steps in the process, and thread color changes to follow or adapt. I print out the instructions.
I download individual designs from the computer to the sewing machine card.
The card is inserted into the machine, and tells it what to do.
The first step is to run a paper template of the fabric pieces needed. These are stitched on paper with the sewing machine.
I punch these out and use them as patterns to cut the fabrics, which are backed with iron on stabilizer.
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The machine provides an outline to place each piece, one at a time, sews it down and then repeats for the next, until the process is complete. I change the thread color as needed, and carefully place the fabric pieces in the outlines.
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It is very cool. Now I want to do more.
I did get the design on the shirt.

13 comments:

  1. That is really cool! I have never been that great at sewing although I do most other crafts. I am working on a "craft vaccine" as every time I see something really neat like this, I am tempted to try. :)

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  2. This is very cool. Did you buy a Brother machine? I have been thinking about getting a new sewing machine for quite some time.

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  3. You did indeed learn something new, and learned it very well. I'm nervous just thinking about it.

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  4. Wow! That is totally cool, and I'm wondering what's next with this new tool, Linda. It's really lovely.

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  5. fantastic job-you are talented and brave to try new things. have fun embroidrying...

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  6. what's great is that you did the applique straight and centered, not crooked, on the shirt. Congrats!

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  7. Wow! I am so impressed. I love the colors you chose for the applique. Irene is going to LOVE this.

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  8. The whole process is amazing. Wow. I've never seen a machine appliqué done before. You did a beautiful job. Irene will love this t-shirt.

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  9. Great job there. Please has Rosemary Crawford conteact me when she perfects that vaccine as I have the same affliction.

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  10. the shirt is adorable!!

    isn't it amazing that you can download from the PC to the sewing machine! stuff like that still amazes me

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  11. Linda,
    I am so so so impressed; I love it!!! I bet you are going to have some fun now :) Wow!
    I love it on the t-shirt! Great job!

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  12. Beautiful Linda, I don't have a sewing machine anymore, haven't had one for years but yours sounds like we have gone into the jet age since my humble one from years ago.

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  13. That tee and towel are absolutely darling!

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