Let me introduce you to PAL – Perfect Alignment Laser. I use PAL for common machine embroidery tasks: finding the center of a quilt block or pocket, squaring my fabric/design in the hoop and continuous embroidery. First, I’ll show you how easy it is to set up PAL in your sewing room.
Once it’s set, use it to find the center of a project. Watch how quick this task is mastered.
If you struggle with hooping square, you’ll be amazed at how easy PAL can get you on the straight and narrow path to success.
PAL is great for hooping square but PAL is also ideal for more complex embroidery projects like continuous embroidery. I know many of you struggle with continuous embroidery. There are quite a few ways to tackle continuous embroidery. The old school method is to print templates of the designs and use them to connect the designs.
Stitch the first design. Remove the fabric from the hoop. Align the image on the template with the stitched design. Tape the template to the fabric. Hoop the fabric, centering the template in the hoop. Stitch the second design.
A newer method involves stitch marks or placement marks. Some machines let you add these stitches to a design while some software programs feature easily-positioned placement marks.
However you opt to add them, the method for stitching is the same. Stitch the first design with its alignment marks. Remove the fabric from the hoop. Hoop tear-away stabilizer and stitch the alignment marks in the second design. Spray the stabilizer with temporary adhesive. Align the marks on the stabilizer with the marks on the fabric. Press the fabric to the sticky surface and continue. Many embroiderers actually insert thumbtacks into the alignment marks on the stabilizer (tacks are inserted from the back of the hoop) and then puncture the fabric with the tacks for a seamless joint (image from Vol. 72 Designs in Machine Embroidery).
When I first witnessed this technique, I have to confess I was horrified. Rarely is there a garment I’m working on that I’m willing to shove thumbtacks through. But I did admire the accuracy. I think that’s what got me thinking about a new tool and that’s how PAL was born.
Now let me show you what PAL can do for you during the complicated embroidery process of continuous embroidery. Watch how PAL perfectly aligns one design to the next.
I have been having a ball using PAL in my sewing room. It’s perfect for beaming a straight line on the sewing machine bed so I can stitch accurate seam allowances. But I showed PAL to my sister. No, not my Stitching Sister, Marie. One of my other sisters, Liz Scully, the real artist. She’s a painter and immediately turned on PAL and beamed the crosshair on her canvas. Now she uses it to streamline proportion drawing and the like. She told me other crafters would love this tool too – scrapbookers, rubber stampers, cake decorators and more!
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