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Embroidery and Embellishment / I goofed!
« on: June 10, 2021, 16:49:52 PM »
I wanted to embroider a Mickey Mouse face on a shirt. I got well into it before I realized that I had forgotten to orient it in the correct direction. It was way too late to restart or rip out the work. So Mickey will be lying on his side. if anyone asks why, I'll just tell them he was sleepy.

Patchwork & Quilting ... Welcome to the Darkside / Echo foot
« on: June 08, 2021, 22:24:05 PM »
I bought this set of feet, mostly for the ruler foot that is much easier to put  the machine, than most.

Since it came with an echo foot, I gave it a try, on some scrap fabric.  Of course, my sewing was a mess, as I have never used it before, and it clearly will take some learning. 

Has anyone here ever used one? If so, I would welcome any hints.

Embroidery and Embellishment / Monogrammed napkins
« on: June 04, 2021, 13:30:57 PM »
Some folks on another site inspired me to start using cloth napkins instead of paper, on a regular basis (cheaper & less wasteful, over time) So I got a set of 12 dark blue ones and used our favorite monogram. As we do not share any initials, our monogram for anything food-related is E.A.T. (BTW, this pic is not true to color. The embroidery is bright white on navy blue.)
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I just got a set of these. I set a good part of today practicing with them, on some scraps of pre-quilted fabric. I’m beginning to get the feel for them

Has anyone else used these? If so, I would welcome any tips or opinions.

Tech Know How / Why do my pictures show up sideways?
« on: May 10, 2021, 23:04:42 PM »
It doesn’t happen all the time. But when I post pics here, some of them show up sideways, even though that is not how they look on my camera or tablet.

I don’t know why it is happening or how to correct it.

I finished my latest quilt. While overall it is cheery sand certainly useful, there is one problem I can’t figure out how to solve.
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When I do the quilt stitching, fabric bunches up in a number of places. This has happened  to me on other projects as well. I have no clue why, so of course, I have no clue how to avoid it. Hints are welcome

House Beautiful / Need some advice on making a curtain
« on: April 26, 2021, 12:13:47 PM »
Here is the problems; There is an opening under our stairs, leading to some storage space.
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It measures about 20” x 30”. Like many homeowners here, we covered it with blinds. But they have been up for close to 20 years and recently fell down. Putting them back up was quite a chore and they are almost impossible to keep clean. So if (more likely when) they fall down again, I want to replace them with a curtain, hung on a tension rod.

Curtains with no fancy ruffles or pleats are easy enough but I have a couple of questions.
1) How big do you make the bottom & side hems?
2)Since it will just be a single curtain, would you make it the exact width of the space or a bit larger? If larger, how much larger?

BTW, why didn’t I just put up a curtain in the first place?  I hadn’t yet learned how to sew.

Here is my latest project;
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Look closely and you’ll see how many places that don’t match up.  I know what’s nice about it, but what isn’t is my ability to measure & cut accurately.  My cuts are straight.When I cut them, I think I’m measuring accurately, but clearly I am not. 

Yes, I know, “Measure twice, cut once”.  If that worked for me, I wouldn’t need to start this thread.
So I would like to open a discussion of techniques for correct measurement.

Machine Accessories / Embroidery machine riser
« on: March 22, 2021, 19:08:27 PM »
I just got this set up for my embroidery machine. It serves 2 purposes; to raise it higher (not all that important to me) and to provide something like a free-arm for embroidering on shirts. I really want it for the free-arm function.

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Embroidery and Embellishment / In the hoop projects
« on: March 16, 2021, 15:53:23 PM »
I attended a webinar while back, on the topic of In-the-Hoop. The project, for which I bought the kit, was to make embroidered key fobs from vinyl.  In the process, I learned a few tricks on using the Embrilliance software.

Here are the 3 that I made.
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Embroidery and Embellishment / Little machine-big shirt
« on: March 09, 2021, 21:50:05 PM »
I wanted to embroider a polo shirt to wear at archery club events.  My machine does 4” x 4” which is fine for the design I wanted.  The challenges (for someone of my limited experience) were A)placement and B)getting a plus-size shirt under the machine without accidentally sewing over some part I didn’t want to sew.

But I did it! I took some good advice & printed the design, pinned it on the shirt and then floated it on the stabilizer. (Yes, I removed the paper, before I started to sew.) I took care to bunch up the parts that were not getting sewn, so they were not under the needle.  Here it is;
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Sewing Spaces and Furniture / New Sewing Table
« on: February 20, 2021, 11:42:04 AM »
At long last, the table I ordered is coming, on Wednesday. It's an Amish Oak gate-leg table with some storage.

It's a little high for sewing, so I got a drafting chair to use with it.  But when both leaves are open, it gives me some nice cutting space at a comfortable height, a I am tall. 

My current table is a folding plastic table about 4' long.  That will be stowed & kept for larger cutting jobs.

Dolls and Toys / Fun with Bears
« on: February 11, 2021, 16:30:22 PM »
I had some fun with the new Embrilliance tricks I learned, from a Webinar, this week. I happened upon a design for a red & black buffalo-check truck. Since 2 of the bears wear red & black buffalo check PJ’s, it was too good to resist. I was able to delete part of the design, merge other elements in and change the angles of some items. So I made a cute little sleeping bag for little Jean-Pierre and his big brother Grand-Pierre.

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Embroidery Machines / Need help with Embrilliance
« on: February 02, 2021, 20:22:40 PM »
I wanted to try a Split-hoop design. It seemed pretty straightforward, when I was working with the software. I saved a design to my USB stick and it broke it down into 3 parts, as expected.

The problem came when I tried to stitch it out. My machine (Brother PE535) just ignored the graphics and stitch out nothing but 3 overlapping rectangles. What am I doing wrong?

BTW, I looked at the manual from the machine.  It said nothing helpful.

Fun with Fabric / Sewing leather
« on: January 27, 2021, 21:47:32 PM »
I posted in another thread about making a wrist rest for my laptop.  I made it from some scrap flannel, which is A)a little small, due to the size of the scrap I had and B)still a good learning experience.

So next, I want to make a better one from leather. I ordered a piece (soft, pliable stuff, not thick saddle leather) that is the right size. I have also acquired leather needles, feet and suitable thread for my sewing machine.

I did some practice on some scrap leather. Here is what seems to work;
1)Set my stitch length to 5.
2)Sew slowly. As soon as I picked up much speed, thread loops formed. None did, when I went slowly.
3)My machine will tie off the thread (with a push of a button) but with such heavy thread, it leaves a noticeable bump.  So I do it the old-fashioned way and lock it down with some back-stitches. 

I would love to hear any insights from those of you who have more experience with this.

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