And the Christmas theme continues…. The past three weeks of free holiday embroidery and applique designs seem to have been a hit. So, I am going to keep going with it! In my quest to find holiday icons to digitize – I came up with the idea of digitizing an ornament. Ok – it’s not the most original idea – but it’s a classic shape, it fits in a 4″ x 4″ hoop, and you can customize the inside with a monogram or special message. And it’s free!
Here are three suggestions for how you might use this design.
My daughter’s good friend, Evelyn, is having a birthday party this weekend which presents a fantastic opportunity to make something with my embroidery machine. But what to make at the last minute. I needed something quick and readily available in my sewing room.
Evelyn is a pretty sophisticated little chickadee. Her parents are British and she is lovely like a little English rose. So why not make her a modern applique rose t-shirt?
One of the great things about this design is that stitches out very quickly. It makes a big impact with a very low thread count. And all the trimming of the appliqué fabric happens after the stitching is done, so there is no need to remove the hoop from the machine and place it back on throughout the process. For these reasons I love this design. Hopefully Evelyn will too!
Well – the future has arrived! Today I took the rose sketch design into my little computer and digitized it as a triple stitch design.
I think what prompted me to work on this design is the impending demise of my rose t-shirt (one of my favorites). I was wearing it the other day and noticed two small holes right in the front of the t-shirt. Dang! I love that shirt. it’s the perfect weight and the rose graphic is simple and bold.
Then I realized the my rose t-shirt looked a lot like the rose design I spotted in Anna’s book. Perhaps I could create something similar?
I think this design actually turned out quite well. I am wondering if you could purchase thicker, more decorative thread for the stitching to make the appliqué look more ornate. With my test stitching looking good – I may just have to remake my beloved t-shirt.
For a long time I was mystified by the machine applique process. I just didn’t understand how it worked. But now that I have studied up, digitized some applique designs and learned some lessons the hard way – I can officially offer up some advice the machine applique newbies out there.
1) Use designs with a placement line. A placement line is the first stitching that takes place which indicates where to place the design. Without a placement line – it’s pretty hard to know where to place the appliqué, right? So always ask – if buying a machine applique design, “does this have a placement line.”
2) Wash and dry both your applique fabric and the garment or fabric on which you are digitizing. You don’t want one to shrink after the fact. It will cause buckling.
3) Heavily starch your appliqué fabric. Why? It makes it super stiff – which helps with more precise cutting and less bunching when being stitched.
4) Use adhesive spray on the wrong side of the your appliqué fabric to stick the paper pattern to your fabric to help you cut it out more precisely.
5) Cut slits in any “holes” in the appliqué fabric. This will make it easier to trim away these area. For example, in the peace sign today – it is important to slit out the open areas inside of the peace sign before stitching it down.
6) After the appliqué fabric is stitched down with a zigzag stitch, use appliqué scissors to trim around the object. Appliqué scissors make it much easier to trim close to the design without trimming the fabric underneath.
I hope these tips are helpful for you as you embark on your adventures in machine appliqué.