Has this ever happened to you? (Part 3)

By Denise Holguin

What a productive day I had planned! I created a fun embroidery project using the new Calligraphy Project Designer Software program. Plus, I unearthed a secret stash of fabric and thread. I grabbed my trusty Snap Hoop Monster, some polymesh stabilizer and some spray adhesive. It’s time to start stitching!

Rather than trim the large piece of fabric, I decided to hoop it all and just trim later. Besides, I’m not entirely sure what I’ll make with the stitch out.

After loading the Snap Hoop Monster on the machine, I pressed the magic “Go” button and left the embroidery studio to let the machine do all the work.

But the machine kept beeping for attention. I had to babysit it every few minutes.

I wasn’t overly thrilled with my thread color choices so I decided to abort the mission. I removed the hoop and as I was carrying it to Eileen’s office to ask “WHAT WENT WRONG?” I noticed the back of the hoop.

Oops! I accidentally hooped the excess fabric to the back of the hoop, created a double layer of fabric. No wonder the embroidery machine kept beeping!

I didn’t give up on stitching the design—especially given the quotation! I did change thread colors and am happy with the results.

Here’s your assignment this week:

We’ve showed you plenty of mistakes we’ve made in the past few weeks and asked you to share your stories as well. Now we’d like to know the funniest mistake you’ve ever made! We’ll choose one random comment below to receive a $25 gift certificate to use on the DIME website. Thank you for sharing your stories with us in our Has This Ever Happened to You series.

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The winner of last week’s assignment is:

Finding creative solutions to mistakes isn’t limited to machine embroidery! Tell us about a time you had to solve a problem and the end result turned out better than expected. Maybe while sewing…cooking…baking or ? We want to know! One random comment will be chosen as the winner of a $25 gift certificate to Embroitique.com website. Someone will get paid for making a mistake and recovering from it! Not a bad deal!

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And the winner is…Denise “I had made a dress for my 12 soon to be 13 yr. old daughter . The cap sleeves were curling up slightly and needed just a little something extra. My daughter likes dresses but usually does not like frou frou styles so I was hesitant to put lace on it. That was just the extra weight that was needed! I had just enough lace with flowers to go on the / under the sleeves. It looks great and she is happy with it also ! Denise!”

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73 Comments on Has this ever happened to you? (Part 3)

  1. Tammy
    April 23, 2014 at 1:36 pm (6 years ago)

    Since a lot of things need to be ironed, I made a small ironing board to go under my hoop so I don’t have to take it off to iron. I use a very small iron, lay the board under my hoop and iron. The only problem is I forget its under there until I have sewed a few stitches. You will never believe how many times I have had to cut it out of my design. I post a not on my machine not to remind me to remove it before I start sewing.

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  2. Kristin Kaufmann
    April 23, 2014 at 1:41 pm (6 years ago)

    Leaving the paper backing on the heat n bond lite while doing an applique…so completely finishing the shirt then noticing that is sounds and feels crinkly! UGH!!!

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  3. Erich Campbell
    April 23, 2014 at 1:42 pm (6 years ago)

    As a commercial embroiderer I’ve done the above many, many times- most recently to a one-off purse sample. After carefully unstitiching the lining so as to embroider a side-panel cleanly, I managed to fold the lining under the hoop and negate every bit of care I took by permanently stitching it to the very unforgiving faux leather of the main bag. Ugh!

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  4. Jeanie Church
    April 23, 2014 at 1:51 pm (6 years ago)

    Long tail of water solvable doubles under. Not a save on that but repair was super easy.

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  5. debbie
    April 23, 2014 at 1:59 pm (6 years ago)

    I think my “dumbest” mistake was, one time when I was trying to hurry to finish up a project, I accidentally hooped the corner of the shirt that I was wearing along with the baby blanket that I was hurrying to finish up.(I was wearing a long button down shirt over a tank top, and the shirt was unbuttoned.) I never even realized it until I had already embroidered the first color on the blanket! When I reached over to grab another color thread, I felt a tug on my shirt, and that’s when I realized what had happened.

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  6. Barbara King
    April 23, 2014 at 2:06 pm (6 years ago)

    Yup I’ve done the very same thing several times, was able to remove the stitching once and selvage project, the rest I just tossed aside and started over. Funniest mistake I’ve made was using a machine embroidery quilting design on a quilt and after doing it in several areas it all of a sudden tightened up the stitches and just distorted everything. I’ve picked stitches for nights to remove the error before I can finish this quilt.

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  7. Donna randall
    April 23, 2014 at 2:07 pm (6 years ago)

    I was sewing out a badge design with 40,000 stitches for the police department. When it was finally finished I noticed it had caught the shoulder of the very pricey polo. Another one bites the dust. LOL what else can it say?

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  8. Heidi
    April 23, 2014 at 2:14 pm (6 years ago)

    it seems that the most common thing is getting an extra piece of fabric caught up where it doesn’t belong…I have the same problem, more than I want to count!!!

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  9. Lorraine
    April 23, 2014 at 2:25 pm (6 years ago)

    While embroidering the strap of a Nancy Zieman and Eileen Roche designer handbag the strap got between the hoop. The only solution was to cut the strap in half in the middle to get the hoop off. BUT rather then throw out the whole project…I took about a 3 inches piece of material, folded it in half and layered it over the cut strap and made a layered strap to conceal the cut which added a strong wear ability to the strap…I cut the other strap to match and it turned out great!

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  10. Vicki Dudai
    April 23, 2014 at 2:25 pm (6 years ago)

    I was embroidering the name Denise in cursive on a pretty, lacy and satin ribboned diaper cover. Took it off and realized I call up the wrong name on the disc and to this date I’ve not found any baby named Dennis who’s parents would let him wear that beautiful little bloomer.

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  11. Dorothy Le
    April 23, 2014 at 2:33 pm (6 years ago)

    10 years ago, I embroidered a high school spirit t-shirt on the wrong side, I had taken it apart because it was way too big for a xs teen girl.
    But when I showed it to her, she laughed and then she wanted it to left with the seams showing on the outside and be unique, now I see them sold that way in the stores. She was ahead of her time.

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  12. Marcie Bayhi
    April 23, 2014 at 2:43 pm (6 years ago)

    I sewed a bag into my Slimline Clamping frame. OH if only my machine had beeped I would have loved it. My machine sewed through the top of the pocket, the pocket and the portion that was folded over. In all there were SIX layers of fabric sewn through since the bag was lined. I spent ELEVEN hours chopping out, erasing, picking out about 30,000 stitches. I had bruised fingers when it was over. I was determined to save the bag and I did. The worst part got a matching embroidered patch over the damaged part.

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  13. Lynn
    April 23, 2014 at 3:22 pm (6 years ago)

    Having a basket set on the sewing table that was too close to the hoop … and leaving it to stitch out while I was doing something else … there was no save for the way that stitched out. The one-color design was all over the place!

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  14. Jane Jarvis
    April 23, 2014 at 3:32 pm (6 years ago)

    I was making sure my design was centered perfectly in the hoop on the fabric. It was perfect. And the design looked so good on that plastic grid with the perfect fabric under. I use that grid to center in my 4X4 hoop every time. The best looking snowman I ever stitched.

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  15. Joanne Gilliam
    April 23, 2014 at 3:35 pm (6 years ago)

    Making a picture with embroidery and cut it too small! I had to think outside of the box and decided to make my own fabric mat. It turned out even better than the original and have planned to make many just like that.

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  16. Terri
    April 23, 2014 at 4:01 pm (6 years ago)

    Was making the airborne bag from the designer knockoff collection and I decided to make it a little smaller. After stitching the corners, zippered back pocket, it was time to put the straps on. The straps went on the front of the bag perfectly. When I went to put the straps on the bag back, I started to stitch and sewed the back pocket closed! When I reduced the bag size I should have made the pocket shorter. I was able to attach the straps half inside the pocket though. Too much work invested not to try and save it. Turned out ok though. I am the only one that knows its wrong. Until now!

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  17. darlene
    April 23, 2014 at 4:10 pm (6 years ago)

    I know that we all make mistakes and we have to laugh because if we don’t we’d all go crazy. At christmas time i went to make a design on a zippered sweatshirt for my daughter.This was a zippered sweatshirt.Got it hooped thought i had it all set to do the design out and started the design. Looked about 1/2 way thru the 1st part and noticed i had the hood of the sweatshirt in the design. I spent 8 hours trying to get the stitches out and decided that it was time to cut it to get my hoop out. I thought to myself i will never make that mistake again but guess what i did. This time another sweathirt but not a zipper one.I had it hooped thought and checked this one i’m set to go.Started my design and then realised the back was underneath my hoop luckly didn’t get that far this time and was able to get the threads out. Now i keep a note at my machine check and recheck to make sure all is out of the way.

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  18. mad14kt
    April 23, 2014 at 4:17 pm (6 years ago)

    Embroidering my handkerchiefs together when I thought everything was cleared. I still have them today to remind me what not to do. I was grateful that I had a new set to start over again. I was so hurt that day 🙂

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  19. Rita Wahl
    April 23, 2014 at 4:30 pm (6 years ago)

    I had an order to embroider names on 1 dozen cosmetic bags. When I got to the l2th name, I did not have a bag left! It turned out that I embroidered another name twice…I spent hours picking it out of the waffle weave bag. I was able to do it & do the correct embroidery over it & no one could tell.

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  20. Cathy
    April 23, 2014 at 4:59 pm (6 years ago)

    Worst mistake was using a “scrap” of water soluble topper, trying to save money. Well as the design stitched and I was in the other room, the presserfoot got caught on the topper and ruined the item I was making.

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  21. Donna
    April 23, 2014 at 5:39 pm (6 years ago)

    Of course I was in a hurry! At the last minute I decided to make Easter baskets for my grand-daughters. I carefully checked the first one as it went together. Apparently, I did not check the second one. When all but the last hand stitching was done, I discovered that Gabby’s name was upside down. After stressing out, I came up with embroidering her name on a separate coordinating patch that I appliqued over the upside down name. Turned out to be cute! The girls loved the baskets.!

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  22. Mary Royster
    April 23, 2014 at 6:05 pm (6 years ago)

    I was embroidering some dragonflies on a set of placemats. I wanted the centered in just the right spot so I used my template to center it. I had placed the stabilizer on the hoop because the placemats were thick and everything wouldn’t fit in the hoop. I put my project over the hooped stabilizer with a tear-away on top, and stitched the basting stitch to hold everything in the hoop. As I was stitching the design the thread kept breaking and finally the needle broke so I removed the hoop from the machine, took the placemat off. Only to realize I forgot to remove my plastic hoop template! I’m still trying to free it from my project so I can gift 4 placemats instead of 3!

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  23. Joyce Andersen
    April 23, 2014 at 6:17 pm (6 years ago)

    Our store had an outdoor booth at the county fair. I had a sweatshirt cardigan in the machine, water soluble on the top. It started to get really humid, and the water-soluble was getting sticky. My boss said to keep the machine going. Then, it started to rain. I went around turning all the machines off. He told me to turn them all back on, and keep embroidering. All the water soluble was by then melted into the garment. I looked at him, told him he could fire me if he wanted, but I was NOT going to turn those machines back on! A couple years later, th!e owner asked me about it. That bum told them HE wanted the machines off, and I was the one who insisted we keep them on and going! He definitely belongs on the list of “not a good boss”

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    • Joyce Andersen
      April 23, 2014 at 6:18 pm (6 years ago)

      I should add- that was several years ago, when I lived in another state!

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  24. kathy
    April 23, 2014 at 6:20 pm (6 years ago)

    All we can do is laugh at ourselves later when we are creative. Last minute is how I tend to sew even though I say next time will be different. This time. I was walking around my sewing table to get a fabric for an applique and when I returned my screen was black and the needle was down. I panicked that my machine had broken saying enough is enough and then I realized I bumped the plug in the outlet. The machine came back on but the design I was making I had resized and didn’t pay attention to what I had resized it to.

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  25. Jo
    April 23, 2014 at 6:27 pm (6 years ago)

    Purtty much done all the above and then some. Wish I would just slow down and pay attention. I was making a onesey and for reasons no one would ever figure out I just slipped the onesey over the loop and stitched. Well the loop was now smugly secure inside. Had to cut it off to get loop out and of course another trip to store for new onesey. UGG!

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  26. Barbara McKenzie
    April 23, 2014 at 7:10 pm (6 years ago)

    I have a couple of projects that finished with a little extra “stabilizer” on the back. But my most common error is forgetting to pull my sewing table away from the wall when I’m using my jumbo hoop, and that lovely “klunk” when the hoop runs into the wall and readjusts itself! If I’m lucky, I haven’t changed the position of the design from how it opened, so I can turn off my machine, then back on and advance the design to the point where it hit the wall. If I changed the position, it’s a little more complicated….

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  27. Mary Ann Ross
    April 23, 2014 at 7:14 pm (6 years ago)

    Do you make the Monster Snap hoop for the Bernina 830 Jumbo hoop

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  28. Janice Svercek
    April 23, 2014 at 7:20 pm (6 years ago)

    The worst mistake I have made was spelling my best friend’s name wrong on her Christmas gift. OOps.

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  29. Esther Hopland
    April 23, 2014 at 7:27 pm (6 years ago)

    My sister asked me to sew her a bikini from terry cloth. I sewed the bikini using old

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  30. Esther Hopland
    April 23, 2014 at 7:29 pm (6 years ago)

    My sister asked me to sew her a bikini from terry cloth. I sewed the bikini using old elastic and we went swimming at the ocean. Well, the first wave left my sister naked! It was too much weight for the old elastic! Thank God she had a spare bikini with her.

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  31. Susan J
    April 23, 2014 at 7:50 pm (6 years ago)

    I made a wedding quilt that included blocks with messages written by the guests at the reception. It was a Fall wedding and leaves as one of the decorative themes. I decided at the last minute to embroider leaves in the border. Big mistake. The leaves just didn’t work. No way to start over so I spent three days picking out the design stitch by tiny stitch. After all the stitches were out, the backing fabric showed where the stitches had been removed. What to do? Cover it with the quilt label!!! It worked and the couple never knew about the mistake that lurked under the label of their beautiful quilt.

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  32. Sandy Guba
    April 23, 2014 at 8:00 pm (6 years ago)

    The worst mistakes I make are always at midnight.

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  33. Brenda
    April 23, 2014 at 8:58 pm (6 years ago)

    OK, so maybe it’s not too funny but it is recent. I signed up to participate in a Earth Day swap. The object was to use NO NEWLY PURCHASED MATERIALS, only items in the stash or on hand. So I used my knitting machine to knit a tote bag body, and to embellish it I added an embroidered panel. I decided to use burlap for the base of the panel. The loose weave of the burlap proved to be my undoing, literally, since the embroidery foot going forward caught under the threads of the burlap and jammed everything up. The registration of the design got moved, I had to turn everything off to reset the machine to the proper alignment. Luckily the worst spot is under an appliqued bird, so it may not show in the finished design. “Put a bird on it” was the advice from a popular TV show and I am glad for it. Meanwhile, Earth Day has come and gone and I am NOT DONE YET.

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  34. Donna N.
    April 23, 2014 at 9:46 pm (6 years ago)

    Somehow I got the plastic embroidery sheet used for alignment between the stabilizer and the item to be embroidered and had the design almost finished before I realized it! I wondered why it kept breaking threads!

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  35. Mary
    April 23, 2014 at 10:12 pm (6 years ago)

    While making candy cane holders for Christmas, twice I forgot to float the piece of felt on the back for attaching the two pieces together via the buttonholes and the last stitch out. Some how I will salvage them when time permits.

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  36. Carolyn Goodworth-Ford
    April 23, 2014 at 10:15 pm (6 years ago)

    I was new at embroidery and was putting a name on the back of a sweatshirt. I centered it perfectly, and it embroidered out beautifully until I took it out of the hoop. I discovered the name was up-side down. It took lots of time to unpick it. At least I’ve never made that mistake again.

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  37. Sheila Wagner
    April 23, 2014 at 10:15 pm (6 years ago)

    A white blouse with buttons down the front and a collar that called out to me to embroider. I did just fine on the front side with a
    paisley design and one on the bottom of the other side. I then used my embroidery template for the collar and ligned it up just so and stitched it. I then wore the blouse to my next class when one of my friends noticed that on side of the collar was good but I had stitched the design on the other side wrong side up. Was I embarrased?

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  38. Mary Ellen Perry
    April 23, 2014 at 10:37 pm (6 years ago)

    302 W. Hickory Ave

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  39. Donna G.
    April 23, 2014 at 10:38 pm (6 years ago)

    I once embroidered sweatshirts for my swimming group, and spelled the name of the group wrong on every single one! I chalked it up to a “senior moment” and too much chlorine!

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  40. Sandy
    April 23, 2014 at 10:42 pm (6 years ago)

    I had stitched out a cute beach towel with a beach umbrella and it said “Life at the beach” it came out so cute that I decided to put the same thing on a tote and turn it into a beach bag. I hooped the bag, hit start and left the sewing studio to do something else. Came back to check on it only to find that I had not flipped the design the right way and my umbrella stitched upside down. Since I live in FL, my friends said I should put “Life at the beach, after a hurricane”

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  41. Mary Ellen Perry
    April 23, 2014 at 10:45 pm (6 years ago)

    While preparing for a 3 day Quilting Retreat I decided to make embroidered Quilting themed T-shirts. The designs were baby chicks and a saying. After the 3 chicks that were ‘teflon badges’ by time they were done I moved on to the saying above them. On the last word,my machine scrunched the last 4 letters of the word so totally terrible I was extremely disappointed in the site I bought it from….until I realized I had placed my HV Ruby embroidery machine too close to the wall and it was throwing my alignment off. DUH. So, I creatively covered it with matching cotton fabric, appliqued it on and technically now had highlighted the word ‘peeps’ as in ‘quilting with my peeps’ and wore it anyway.

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  42. Pam
    April 23, 2014 at 11:09 pm (6 years ago)

    They sure don’t seem funny when I do them. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh

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  43. Frances Powell
    April 24, 2014 at 6:45 am (6 years ago)

    I had been monograming on scarves all day and had rotated the designs so that they were upside down so I could support the scarves while they hung off the machine during the embroidery process. When I decided to monogram a purse for a friend, I automatically rotated the design just like I did when doing the scarves. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I looked and noticed that the design was stitching out upside down on the purse. I didn’t stop to look at how the design was going to stitch out. It is funny now, even though it cost me the amount that my friend paid for her purse.

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  44. Pam Perry
    April 24, 2014 at 8:02 am (6 years ago)

    I was embroidering gym shorts for my granddaughters when they entered high school. Found a design that matched their school mascot and everything – was very excited to do this for them as a surprise. Got the designs done on both shorts, only to realize I had embroidered the design on the rear, not front of the shorts!

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  45. Brenda Melahn
    April 24, 2014 at 9:05 am (6 years ago)

    I had just purchased my retirement gift, Baby Lock Ellisimo Gold, and taken the classes. It was time to try this baby out … got a hand towel from the guest bath and input my name M-e-l-a-k-n … it worked like a charm. WAIT … my name is not MelaKn … my name is MelaHn …hahaha this ought to be good, I can’t even spell my name right. I learned quickly the little button that lets you check the letters before you go forward.

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    • Denise Holguin
      April 24, 2014 at 11:08 am (6 years ago)

      Brenda,
      Ha, ha! You’re in good company! I usually type my name too fast when ending emails….instead of typing Sincerely, Denise… I type Sincerely, Dense. At least your first embroidered project is a memorable one!

      Denise

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  46. Marjorie Pantuso
    April 24, 2014 at 11:22 am (6 years ago)

    I found out how “strong” my machine was when I embroidered completely a flower head pin. I had to sit and look at it for a while I was so amazed, then I just picked the stitches out backed up the design and continued on. Project saved, pin a complete loss.

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  47. Royce Zook
    April 24, 2014 at 11:41 am (6 years ago)

    Just yesterday! My spouse purchased a new pair of jeans, stretchy, peg legged and very small from the knees down. She wanted a quite large paisley rose design low on the leg which required opening a seam (too small leg for my hoops and the design). I carefully planned, even through stitching a trial. All was good until the last color when I noticed one edge of the leg lapping over the side of the hoop. Yep! She now has the same design but on a pair of short legged, stretchy, no pegged leg jeans. My FIRST time to experience the issue of excess fabric under the hoop and stitched with the design!

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  48. Joanne Banko
    April 24, 2014 at 3:03 pm (6 years ago)

    Oh the beauty of embroidery on a “chunk” of fabrc! When one chunk fails, just cut another and start over. Looks like you used one of my all time favorite fabrics Denise. Is that buttery soft faux suede I see in the photo? And . . . what font style did you select from the Calligraphy Designer Software Program? It is very attractive.

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  49. Kristal
    April 24, 2014 at 4:47 pm (6 years ago)

    When I was embroidering a blanket with the words ‘Sweet Baby’, I stepped away
    from my machine to find part of the blanket had been caught under the embroidery hoop.
    It wasn’t such a ‘sweet’ moment for me!

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  50. Mary Haggenmaker
    April 24, 2014 at 8:19 pm (6 years ago)

    I was embroidering bowling shirts for a team. They furnished the shirts and everything on the back of the shirts were just fine. It included a picture I had digitized and thge name or nickname of the wearer on the back. On the front was the name of the team. I did a lot of guessing for the placement on the front. Most of these ladies were large and extra large. Finished the shirts and turned them over to them. They came back to me the next day because the name placement ended up in some sensitive areas. The shirts were too flimsy to get the names out without ruining the shirts. Paid them for their shirts and refunded the money they paid me. My granddaughters had some cool looking night shirts. After this fiasco I invested in one of those placement tools.

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  51. Mary Haggenmaker
    April 24, 2014 at 8:21 pm (6 years ago)

    I was embroidering bowling shirts for a team. They furnished the shirts and everything on the back of the shirts were just fine. It included a picture I had digitized and th
    e name or nickname of the wearer on the back. On the front was the name of the team. I did a lot of guessing for the placement on the front. Most of these ladies were large and extra large. Finished the shirts and turned them over to them. They came back to me the next day because the name placement ended up in some sensitive areas. The shirts were too flimsy to get the names out without ruining the shirts. Paid them for their shirts and refunded the money they paid me. My granddaughters had some cool looking night shirts. After this fiasco I invested in one of those placement tools.

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    • Mary Haggenmaker
      April 24, 2014 at 8:22 pm (6 years ago)

      Looks like I need a placement tool for my comment!

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  52. Karen B.
    April 25, 2014 at 10:51 am (6 years ago)

    I was trying to make a cord by twisting several pieces of yarn with my bobbin winder–it was pretty long, so I stood on a chair to hold the yarn straight up. But, I forgot about the ceiling fan!! Sheesh!!

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  53. Max
    April 25, 2014 at 1:06 pm (6 years ago)

    My DIL brought a hooded sweatshirt jacket and wanted the babies name and football design embroidered on it. I setup my machine, hooped the material and stitched the design. It sewed out beautifully. Now to un-hoop it. Uh Oh, the top of the hood got caught underneath the design. No way to get those stitches out. I cut the hood where it caught. Now how do I fix this mess? I made a football patch and sewed it onto the hood as if it was part of the original design.
    I fudged and told everyone it was to keep the baby’s hood from blowing off his head. The extra weight did help!

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  54. Jean B
    April 25, 2014 at 6:11 pm (6 years ago)

    I have been embroidering for 15 years. I have gone through three hi end machines. All of the above I have done at least twice. The funniest was when i took a design my son in law wanted me to digitize and embroider onto a shirt for a friend of his. It was a bit complex but I did do it and it came out beautiful. My daughter and he were about to have a baby so I thought it would be fun to put this design on a bib for the baby and give it along with several others I had embroidered. I didn’t really know the meaning of the design just thought it was a little goofy(he had a skateboard company). When it was opened at the baby shower, he immediately shoved it into his shirt. I later learned it was not something he wanted to share with the others at the shower. I later learned the meaning. Sean only wears it at home and with his dad.

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  55. judy wentz
    April 25, 2014 at 10:14 pm (6 years ago)

    I’ve done this more than once. I’ve edited and combined designs on the machine. Then I got distracted for some reason and had to leave the machine. When I came back, the screen was dark. Without thinking, I reached over to turn the machine “ON”, but actually turned it “OFF.” I have done this before starting to stitch, as well as in the middle of a stitch out. The moment the machine went OFF I realized what I did.

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  56. Paule-Marie
    April 26, 2014 at 9:20 am (6 years ago)

    Long ago and far away, I was making a jumpsuit (no you can tell how long ago – I was in the 6th grade). I put the zipper in backwards. Ripped it out, put it in again – backwards, ripped it out, put it in yet again – backwards and I had double-checked it. Kicked it across the room, felt better, ripped it and resewed it correctly. I don’t know what was going on, I KNEW how to put a zipper in. Zippers and Y-seams don’t frighten me. When it comes to embroidery, it’s usually the stabilizer.

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  57. Debbie
    April 27, 2014 at 6:05 am (6 years ago)

    I was embroidering an alter cloth for our church on a piece of purple satin to go with the set for lent. It had a total of seven hoopings to complete it. Things were going fine. I had them all lined up perfectly six down one more hooping to go. But OH NO the end of the cloth had gotten under the hoop. There is no way to fix that. I was lucky that there was just enough fabric to do a second one because the rest of the set was already finished.

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  58. Tammi Berry
    April 27, 2014 at 11:31 am (6 years ago)

    I was placing embroidery on a baby quilt – I used a baseball, football and basketball- I was down to the last 6 on the quilt. The hoop popped off – The design was really dense – I had to remove all the stitches from the baseball- I was placing the design so they could be seen on both sides– this was the first time I had ever had this happen – I was placing them randomly all over the quilt- I won’t make that mistake again . I will always mark the placement of my patterns- it is such a pain to remove the dense stitches.

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  59. Sandy P
    April 27, 2014 at 2:42 pm (6 years ago)

    I was embroidering the phrase “What-ever” on the back of my shirt but when I was done found I had done it upside down. So I found a lady in all black with whirls around her and embroidered it underneath. It just goes so perfect with the upside down What-ever.

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  60. Judy Goshy
    April 27, 2014 at 9:34 pm (6 years ago)

    Have the cutest size 3T dress for patriotic holidays. Empire top out of solid t-shirt knit. Skirt cotton. Set machine up for 3 letter monogram. Hooped and centered and place on machine. Starts and what! Top is hooped upside down but I don’t want to re-hoop. Remove stitches. Place back in machine. Flip monogram. What? Now although stitching isn’t upside down, it’s stitching the last letter where the first one goes. After removing stitches again, I think I am still capable of out-smarting this machine. So I move the middle name initial position to the first name initial position. Swap them out. Last name initial is still fine in the middle position. Now, all is backwards and upside down. But hey, that’s what my machine is doing. Start again. What?! Stitching letter in 3rd position first. I realize at this point that the machine is going to stitch in the order I chose them. Once again, I remove stitches. By now, I think I see a couple of tiny holes in the knit. I re-hoop, flip the monogram, switch the letters back. Sure enough, all stitches perfect. ALB. Not upside down and not incorrect order. Don’t know yet how I’m going to fix the holes and I have learned that I cannot outsmart my machine.

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  61. Susan Burns
    April 28, 2014 at 11:50 am (6 years ago)

    I embroidered a complicated design on a t-shirt that a friend had purchased as a gift for her father. The design had taken many thread changes and 1 1/2 hours to complete. I took the finished product off the machine but still on the hoop. As I was admiring the design I discovered that I had embroidered it completely upside down!

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  62. Doreen Wales
    April 29, 2014 at 4:29 pm (6 years ago)

    I am completely new to embroidery and making many mistakes ,having read the above comments I have many more to make.:)
    I am making the beginner ones like wrong stabiliser,wrong threads in the bobbin.Cutting to close for the appliqué .
    It’s good to know I am just normal 🙂 and I will always have an opportunity for error .

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    • Sandy P
      April 30, 2014 at 3:25 pm (6 years ago)

      That’ right and you learn from your mistakes and I would never give up machine embroidery…..LOVE IT

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  63. Cindy S
    April 29, 2014 at 6:08 pm (6 years ago)

    I have accidentally sewn extra fabric on the back too!

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  64. Debbie Toth
    April 29, 2014 at 8:07 pm (6 years ago)

    In addition to the above, including a design on the back of shorts! I learned a lesson in resizing. Having spent a great deal of time on a quilted Christmas stocking for my grandson only to find out his paternal grandma was making him one of felt and glue that would match the family’s other stockings, I was determined to be a good sport and would repurpose the stocking for my grand nephew who’s name was close with the exception of the 1st letter. I tried ripping out the previous letter with not much luck. So I found a perfect gingerbread wide letter to go over it–except it was 4″ and I needed it to be 1.5″–I did this in my software. Having done this before, I did not worry about a test stitch-out. BAD IDEA! I watched perplexed as the 4,000 stitch design (which should have been much less when I made it smaller) began to look very dense. I thought maybe because of the thick quilting? I continued to watch in horror as it became a sort of “thread-leather” that began to warp and curl on the stocking. I was frozen–I watched until it was so thick the needle broke and my machine started flashing red. Part of the design had perforated the quilted stocking and the rest was not stitching out. What WAS there was NOT good! In disbelief, I began to try to remove the stitches with a seam ripper which broke. I tried picking the stitches, but they almost seemed “waxed” in! I finally used a craft knife blade to gently cut some of the stitches from the stop to relax the quilted fabric to almost normal and then applied a properly resized appliqued letter (and made a matching patch for the inside!) Definitely a one of a kind!

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  65. Karen Poole
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    I was making something for a gift, I don’t remember now what it was, but it was one of those days when Murphy law was well in practice and everything was going wrong! I was determined I would finish this item and after multiple things going wrong, I finally had my project in the hoop and embroidering nicely! It looked like I was able to kick Murphy to the curb finally, when my 3 year old grandson came in and wanted to watch the machine stitch I happily said yes as long as he didn’t get to close and bump the machine and disturb the stitching. He assured me he would be very still and not sit too close. In my efforts to make sure the chair he was sitting in wasn’t too close to the machine, apparently my backside bumped the hoop, which I hadn’t noticed until the stitching was done and the last thousand or so stitches had been sewn totally out of alignment!! Murphy was back!! All I could do was laugh at myself and stop sewing for the day!!

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  66. Berenice
    April 30, 2014 at 12:12 am (6 years ago)

    Hmmm… sewed design upside down, check. Got fabric under hoop, check. Spelled a name wrong on sweatshirt with seven hours of other designs on it, check. Inserted quilt sqaure (embroidered of course)in quilt so bobbin side was out, check. Forgot to fix density when resizing, check. Loaded bobbin with several colors of thread and came back to find part of design not done because machine thought there was still thread on bobbin even though it was not catching needle thread, check! Love machine embroidery, double check!!

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