Who knew how helpful painter’s tape could be in the embroidery studio?
I’ve enlisted painter’s tape to tackle quite a few chores in the sewing room. I find it especially helpful when I’m positioning embroidery on jacket backs. I place the vertical beam of PAL2 on the vertical center of the jacket then place a piece of painter’s tape along the horizontal beam.
I use the painter’s tape to help square the garment in the hoop. Once the jacket is hooped, I check the position of the design by selecting the machine’s trace feature and watching the needle as it travels along the tape. If the foot (or needle) doesn’t glide along the edge of the tape in a straight line, I know I have to rotate my design (or heaven forbid, rehoop!).
It’s also perfect for holding things out of the hoop like the ribbed knit t-shirt I shared with you the other day.
But some people like to use it to hold things in the hoop. Monika Tocknell from Oma’s Place applies the tape to the edges of appliqué fabric to hold it in the hoop.
And even on the back of the hoop.
Painter’s tape comes in handy when you want to hold down dimensional embroidery.
Here, Monika tapes the butterfly wings down so she can stitch the body of this adorable butterfly.