I have a fancy sewing machine. It's computerized. It can do fancy embroidery. I bought it in 2005, the year I retired from teaching. I have had a lot of fun with it in the past, like when I was making special dresses for Irene. But then she informed me several years ago that she wouldn't be needing any more of those dresses, so I have not used my sewing machine much sine then. I did make a quilted jacket for myself two years ago which included embroidery, but since then my sewing machine has been sitting idle except for an occasional mending or hemming job.
I picked up a couple of red checked dish towels at a Christmas shop somewhere and was going to embroider them as a gift for myself, but I never got to it.
Well, now Christmas is over and gardening is still a ways off and there is time to fill. So. I decided it was time to dust off my know how, refresh my memory, and set up my machine for an embroidery project.
All of my designs were purchased on line and are stored on my desk top computer.
Selected designs are downloaded to the sewing machine memory card.
The card goes into the machine.
I selected this design for the first project. These guide sheets were printed from my original design purchases from Embroidery Library. They give the color list for each tread change of the design. Since the color numbers don't match my thread supply, I have fun deciding which of my colors will match, or if I want to change the colors, I can.
Stabilizer is applied to the back and the fabric is hooped, centering the design where you want it placed. I load up the threads in the correct order, place the hoop on the holder and press the button. Things can go wrong, like the thread breaking, so I usually stay right there. When each color is done, I change the thread, which is easy with the automatic threader.
And, ta dah, the finished product. It takes several hours. I did this one Wednesday.
Thursday I did a second one, but didn't hoop the stabilizer out to the edges and into the hoop, and the fabric bunched up a bit. It's always a learning process. Don't skimp on stabilizer.
But since it is a gift to myself, it's OK.
The prettiest one is now hanging on my oven door.
Time to dig into my sewing project box and see what I can work on next.