This is a great year to make a conscious effort to sharpen your sewing and embroidery skills. Focus on incremental improvement – don’t worry about perfection or trying to catch up to someone else who you think has superior skills. Focus on your personal achievements, no matter how small!
A few months ago I was making an embroidery project that turned out really cute… except to complete the project I needed to learn how to install snaps. I froze. I didn’t move forward. What if I ruin my embroidery project? I stashed the project away…but not before I made a half dozen variations of the same project… and they ALL need cute snaps for closures. Right now they are sitting in a bin… unfinished….
Then this weekend happened. I decided to download the cute Snappy Key Fobs design from ZippyDesignZ. I was drawn to it for several reasons:
- It’s a New Year. It’s time I embrace the task of learning how to install snaps. This is the perfect project to make me learn!
- Turning narrow fabric isn’t on my list accomplishments. It’s time to add it!
- I really enjoy embroidery designs that offer a foundation for me to customize to my heart’s content. These key fob designs not only include a variety of styles (9 quilting patterns in 4 sizes) but I can also personalize with my own collection of designs. The cherries and the hearts shown below were built-in designs in Perfect Embroidery Pro. Think of the fun designs and variations you can make!
- These key fobs don’t require a lot of fabric! I can use my favorite scraps I’ve been hoarding.
- Use what you have! (Related to #4). I had a smorgasbord of D-ring sizes. I like to make the supplies I have work for my needs. This is especially useful if 1.) the weather is horrible and you can’t get to the store for supplies 2.) you live far away from craft/sewing stores. This also forces you to think out of the box.
Denise’s Newbie Tips and Useful Advice for All Skill Levels
1. Don’t assume you know it all! READ the instructions! I read “In the hoop” and thought, yes, I’ve done that. Place fabric on top… tape fabric underneath the hoop… blah, blah. I’m a pro. That’s what I thought until I trimmed my first key chain and realized this project used a different method. (Place back fabric on top of hoop, wrong side up, then TURN the fabric). Oops!2. If you do add your own designs to the key fob, be sure to double check the color sequence. For example, you don’t want to stitch your custom designs after you’ve placed the back fabric. (I didn’t make this mistake but came very close to it!)
This week’s assignment:
Now it’s your turn! Tell us about a recent accomplishment that you’re especially proud of! This is your chance to share and inspire other readers. It can be related to machine embroidery, sewing or any other skill you’ve honed! 4 random comments will be selected and each person will win a $25 gift certificate to go on a fun shopping spree at Zippy DesignZ.