Wow! There were so many comments on fashion disasters. I’m glad to know that what goes on in my embroidery studio also occurs in many homes across America. It’s funny, many of the ‘disasters’ you mentioned seem to happen after ‘careful planning’. I think I know why. There are so many variables in embroidery. When I’m planning a project, I often repeat the carpenter’s chant, ‘measure twice cut once’ translated into embroidery lingo – ‘measure twice, stitch once’. But I have to remind myself that wood is stable, fabric is not – it’s stretchy (even if it’s a woven) and pliable. Measuring it on a flat surface, and then measuring it on a dress form, then measuring again once it’s hooped, will produce three different measurements! Ugh!
Nancy Zieman and I certainly struggle with placement – everyone does if they attempt to embellish ready-made garments. But we’ve learned to eliminate the measuring. We focus now on matching centers and outlines. This technique nails the placement every time!
A professionally embroidered neckline is only successful when the embroidery is centered (if that’s the intention), symmetrical and pucker-free. Since the eye uses the actual edge of the neckline as a reference point, that’s what we use to make sure the embroidery is centered and symmetrical. I think you’ll find the placement guides included in the Designer Necklines – One Step T-shirt Makeovers irreplaceable! You can use those placement guides for any neckline embroidery – you’re not restricted to the floral designs that come with the collection. You can mix and match your designs – and still be guaranteed perfect placement!
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Last Friday we asked about your greatest fashion embroidery disaster. Our lucky winner of the Designer Necklines is Jean Guenther. She said…
“I was working on a V-neck t-shirt, purchased for this project, doing a lace cut out around the front neckline.I am always leary about walking away from the machine while it is working away….but on this day the phone rang, everything had gone perfect so far, so I just got up to answer and………. as I was talking I looked at my machine and the shoulder had dropped down and caught on the needle and was embedded into the design. Of course it was ruined. I had to cut a hole in the shirt to get it off the design….and couldn’t match up to finish……plus had a hole where I could not put anything that would match the rest of the shirt. I don’t know which I was most upset about. Ruining the shirt or ruining a NEW shirt! I can’t wait to read what others post!”