Applique and machine embroidery

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I found that if I take a square of stabilized fabric to fit the machine hoop and embroider it in the middle, I can create a wonderful embroidered applique’ using Wonder Under. When I use the Wonder Under and trace the applique’ shape on the rough side of the fusible webbing using a permanent marker, I can bond the Wonder Under to the wrong side of the applique’.  The marker will leave trace line I can cut out.  I now have a fusible patch I can bond to a back ground fabric.

Here is an embroidered heart quilt I created a few years ago.  I used decorative stitches to decorate the edges of each applique’.  Fuse and Tear is a great stabilizer for the embroidery and applique. It gives the right firmness to the fabric background for you to sew any decorative or zig-zag stitch you wish to use.  You can create many unique appliques this way.  Add crystals, lace and ribbon.  I have included my pattern so you can try the hearts applique’.


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Bonnie is passing over us with lots of rain

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Since it is raining outside this fine Memorial Day I am using some of my free time to watch sewing videos. With sewing for summer being the theme I found this shift dress video. Brings back memories of ” sew today and wear tonight projects. I had plenty of shifts. They are great beginner projects and great for medium weight knits and wovens. The instructor even offers a pattern download.

Learn to Sew at Jenny’s Sewing Studio in Salisbury, MD and you too can make the instant shift dress to wear tonight.

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Wrapped in Fabrique

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fallfabriquea.jpgWrapped in Fabrique! I love this techinque of making decorative fabrics and scenes from free motion, applique and decorative stitches. In the 1990’s the book “Wrapped in Fabrique” was inspirational. The book is long out of print but the technique has grown, especially on Pinterest. I collected a few of my favorite ideas in this blog. I also shared with you some of my own creations.

Years ago I purchased a fun book on fabric texturing and have decided to revisit this creative topic. The book is no longer published but the techniques are still current. To create a brand new textured fabric, use  decorative threads, free motion stippling, decorative stitches, twin needle sewing, and the cording foot.  Creation of your own fabric art is easy and lots of fun.  If you would like to copy my project you can. The technique looks great on a vest, gown bodice, purse or pillow.

To start your creative design you will need to collect applique fabrics and prints to complement the base fabric. you will need fusable web plus decorative and couching threads. tex3.jpgYou will need to purchase a base fabric and a fusible knit interfacing to add body. I used bengaline or silk dupioni. I suggest a mid weight fabric. You can also use suede twill or quilted denim. Purchase fuse knit and fuse it to the wrong side of your main garment pieces before you cut. Rough cut the main garment pieces so they can be embellished and then the base fabric can be cut to the pattern shape. Allow at least 2″ all around the basic garment shapes. 

Step1- Lets free motion stipple to gather or pucker fabrics to use in the applique’. Use straight stitch and free motion.

Step 2- Let’s twin needle. Use a 2.5 needle and remember to keep the width of any decorative stitch below 2.5 or if you have a safety switch put it on. Twin needle pieces of applique fabric to cut out later. Twin needle the base fabric in a random design. You can use 2 spools of gold metallic or even matching thread. The twin needle will pucker the base fabric to create a texture effect. 

Step 3- Use decorative stitches to give a base to the custom design on your project fabric. Switch to an open toe applique foot so you can see the stitching. 

Step 4- Use the braiding and the cording foot to couch metallic cords to the base fabric.

Step 5-Bond wondetex1.jpgr under to the wrong side of your applique fabric, If the “flower is 3-D bond a piece of backing to the underside of the flower and free motion your applique’ edges and then cut The flower out to apply on top of another applique. Apply the flower to the base applique with free motion tack down stitches in the center of the flower. After all the surface textures have been applied lets cut out and construct the sewing project to create your fabrique.

Let’s look at the cording foot. It is a great accessory to apply decorative threads with.

See a video of the use of the cording foot and you can also purchase a cording foot at out web site.

You may also need a twin needle. Here is a link. 

More ideas on Pinterest!

blue vest


 blue flower



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Learn to make your own throw pillows

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A great project for the beginning sewer is a piped throw pillow. I have instruction that one of my students composed and I edited. You can make any size pillow. We created a 16″ pillow which is perfect for the couch. The piped edge makes the pillow look professional. The pillow top can be almost anything.

Dscn2474I have made lots of pillow gifts. My favorite is when I use embroidery or lettering. For wedding I usually place the bride and grooms names and wedding date  in the pillow. I like using built-in sewn writing the best and usually try to incorporate the writing into strip quilting. My favorite technique is using crazy quilting. Here are a few pillows I have made and a few I like a lot. The gold pillow is a link to the pillow instructions. Enjoy the project or join me in class at Jenny’s Sewing Studio! 

You can also visit my Pinterest pillow favorites at this link to see more pillows I have collected.
yellow pillowpillow wrapxmas wrapfloral 2butterflypillow

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Fabric Purses and Wallets

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I have been having fun creating quilted fabric wallets and purses along with my Hancock students.  I keep finding fabrics that inspire me and the next thing you know, I am quilting fabric to make another custom gift for some lucky friend.

The fabric wallet and purse are great beginner projects and are so easy to do I recommend anyone who would like to explore sewing again to spend a day trying these projects. The first thing we do in class is pick out the fabric and trim. Next we mark and quilt the fabric using the walking foot. I give everyone a free pattern and we use this guide to draw the cutting lines on the quilted fabric. After we cut out the pieces the edges are serged to give a nice finished look. I provide the serger for you to use. Next we spend the remaining class time constructing the pockets and inserting the zippers and handles and trim. by the time you leave class you have a finish purse or wallet.


Hope to see you in class soon.


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Placemats Classes and Patterns from Jenny’s Sewing Studio

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heart appliqueLearning to sew or starting to sew again? I think students can learn to sew and become more confident of their sewing skills with fast and easy projects. I offer a few classes that will help you learn and have some fun with your machine. Some ideas include Fabric Quilted Purse, Strip pieced Wallet, and Sewing for the Home. My newest project class is “Placemats”!

I will create a new Placemat idea and pattern the seasons of the year. Take a class now and take one later to make all the creative applique, patchwork and decorative stitch ideas. My first placemat class is Sunday January 26th from 12:30pm till 4:30pm. We will be creating a valentine applique placemat. Learn to applique, Use your decorative stitches, machine quilt, do strip piecing and do a quilt binding.

heart placematIn  April I will do an Easter Egg placemat. Come and have some fun at Jenny’s Sewing Studio. I will be looking for you.  Here is a link to the patterns and to the class schedule.

easter egg

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