Embroidery design perfect placement

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The secret to perfect embroidery design placement is all in the planning. Sticky paper and templates are the key. Remember to center your design in your software before you “save it as”.  Print off a template and tape it to your garment to set the stage. Stand back and look at the effect before you decide to embroider.
 
Sticky paper stabilizers definitely have their place in the embroidery world. I have relied on sticky paper as long as I have been doing machine embroidery and that has been over 20 years ago. Jenny’s Sewing Studio offers several brands. Here is a roll of Peel N Stick and here is Stitch and Tear. Either brand works well for the machine embroidery perfect placement. If you are using sticky paper with a napped fabric, fuzz can build up on the needle. Use a cotton ball and some rubbing alcohol to clear the needle occasionally.
 
Place the sticky paper in the hoop, shiny side up and hoop. Score the top side making a big X and peel off the shiny paper to reveal the sticky side. Print off a template from your software. I use a awl to cut holes in my template crosshairs to mark the crosshair location on the garment or project. Mark through the template and draw a cross hair on your garment to mark the design center by connecting the dots. Draw a cross hair of the center of the hoop on your sticky paper using a permanent marker.  Align the 2 cross hairs (garment and hoop) and push the garment into the sticky paper so it is flat. Use the software trace feature to check the placement before you embroider.
 
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A very pretty quilt by Grace!

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Grace has been taking classes from Jenny’s Sewing Studio to learn to sew and make pillows and curtains. She is working hard on a new quilt for her daughter in purples. Here are some pictures of Grace’s latest creation. This quilt is an Eleanor Burn’s Quilt in a Day  called “Quick Trip”. I think the colors are very nice. Grace had to pick 12 colors for a twin size quilt. This is the 3rd 3 hour lesson and it will probably take 2 more classes since she wanted to do a larger size quilt. Her next step is the borders and quilting. Once that is done she will bind the quilt. Great job Grace! To see the pictures better you can click on them for a closeup.

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Embroider a belt on your machine

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I have updated the post! Using any embroidery machine you can embroider a sectional belt easily. I have loaded 3 autopunch designs you are welcome to try. The designs are .jef and .pes and you can download them by clicking on the picture. The clip art used made the autopunch software perfect for the formation of my designs. I used the Singer Futura and the Stitch N Sew software to create with. To see how auto punch works view the process here.

To embroider the designs and construct the belts, pick a background fabric that has some body. Use denim, canvas, or sandwich a fusible fleece in between to pieces of broadcloth. This heavier fabric will give your sections a rigid body. Trim each embroidery to the edges. Mend the embroidery together to create enough width to fit your waist.  The multi zig-zag stitch or the feather stitch will work well. To finish tack a cord to each edge so you can tie your belt in place or velcro an overlap. You can also make a buttonhole and button as a closure. Hook and eyes will work too. Check out the buttons and fastener at your local fabric store for other finishing ideas.

Remember I have not always stitched out every embroidery so test the designs before committing them to a garment.

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Happy 4th of July

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I wanted to share a quick project with you to help celebrate the upcoming holiday!  The project was done using a serger wide flat lock to put together red white and blue strips of fabric to form a flag wall hanging. The flatlock is created by tightening the lower looper tension and loosing the needle tension. I used one needle in the left position on my 4 thread serger. You can use decorative thread or regular thread on the upper looper.

The flag wallhanging uses rustic plaids and was hung from a twig to make a country statement. The project was done by one of my employees years ago but it is an oldie but a goodie.

Recently I recreated the same strip flag idea to make a placemat with my serger.  As you can see in the photo below the star blue square was serged separately and top stitched in place. You decide which one you like best!

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I graduated from High School 50 years ago!

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I had been planning on attending my high school 50th reunion for months. Due to some unforeseen events I was unable attend. Even though I could not go, I did get some great pictures of the party from class mates. I was there in spirit and it was great to reconnect with a few old friends. I could not let the event pass without sharing some of my memories of Seaford Senior High school and Seaford, De with you. Maybe I will be able to attend my 55th reunion, only time will tell! Thank you to all the class of 68′ who kept me updated! I also placed a link to a wonderful website on memories of Seaford, Delaware. The link to Seaford Delaware, a look back in time !

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My Mom’s Favorite Restaurant

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I just had to show my mother in her favorite place, Chick Fila. Every week we go to the local Chick Fila and everyone knows her name. She loves it. Here she is eating her favorite sandwich, a grilled chicken sandwich on a whole wheat bun. We go out to lunch everyday and she has social followings in Lombardi’s, Chick Fila, Denny’s, Dayton’s and Bob Evans. Usually we do a little shopping and then it is home for a nap.  She is 96 so she can do naps anytime she wants.

She does not do the internet or computers so she will not see this unless I show her. Of course if you see her tell her you saw her on-line.

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Sewing Class update

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Barbara has just been to Jenny’s Sewing Studio and has updated her skills. In her first class she wanted to learn buttonholes and setting in a sleeve. A new pajama of super hero’s was then created for her grandson.

This week we worked on bias tape and quilt binding. Barbara made a hand mitt and we both learned that when creating a small curve on the ends it was easier to stay stitch the bias first, clip to the stitching and then pin it in place before sewing. The bias was attached to the wrong side, right sides together, sewing in the fold groove. We then  flipped the folded bias over the edges and steamed the bias in position to top stitch in the ditch. Good job! Great gift project!

   I also pictured a small sample we made of making bias and piecing it. Barbara learned to press and sew the quilt binding to the quilt, mitering the corners. She told me her daughter paid $80.00 to have a quilt bound. I told her it was probably a good price. Next time she could do the job for extra spending money.

I look forward to seeing Barbara again later this summer. She is off on vacation for now!

 

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The fox family in the backyard

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This Spring my garden shed was invaded by a mama fox. She dug in under the concrete foundation and in the leaves under the wooden floor, on top of the concrete. She has several means to escape and I have a huge dirt pile all over the tools in my back lean-too. I was going to clean up the brush and equipment back there this Spring and had to give it up. The fox is in control. The local dogs went wild with barking. Rice’s Pest Control came out and told me he thought she would not attack me. She was more afraid of me then I was of her. If he trapped her he would have to kill her and the pups. I did not want that.  She has since had 5 pups. Mama has very good control of her litter. They hunt the woods behind my house, my yard, and quite a few neighbor yards at night. I do not have any bunnies this year or moles in the grass. Even the squirrels are quiet. That is a good thing. It has been quite amazing to watch them. I can not get close when they are out or they will run away. It is hard to take pictures with my equipment, The fox really blend into the background. I tried my best to capture a pose.

My garden tractors are in the shed and when I need to start them up the fox are very quiet for a day or 2.   The pups are probably as big as a small dog to medium small dog so I imagine they will move on soon for more hunting. I can hear them under the floor when I am in the shed servicing the mower or looking for paint brushes. If the fox move on then my work begins refilling the shed floor and putting up wire fencing to keep them out. I said why me when the fox first appeared, I figure God must have a special plan to entertain my mom and I.  2 big Canadian geese walked into my front yard the other day honking at a few frisbee golf players from across the street. I threw open the front door and said, no no not here. No more wild life.

I use to go out at night to my parts shed to fill orders but do not do that right now. The Fox are evening creatures.  The Fox family seems like a little too much to run into while crossing the backyard in my night gown and robe.

Ever notice how much nature tries to take over! Weeds, blown branches, insects, squirrels that chew, bunnies that eat our flowers and the pollen. I do love it outside. You can left click on the pictures to see them better and right click to copy and paste them

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