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The Advanced Embroiderer’s Bucket List

Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog

The Advanced Embroiderer’s Bucket List

  1. Continuous embroidery

    Since we love embroidery, we also love LOTS of embroidery!  Filling a border or quilt strip with continuous embroidery is number one on the advanced embroiderer’s bucket list.  There are several ways to attack connecting designs end to end but they all result in the same great look – luscious colorful stitches, stacked end to end.  Read more here on how to connect designs, end to end on any machine.

  2. Linked Embroidery  Linked embroidery takes continuous embroidery one step further. Linked embroidery is when you want to take a single design and turn it into something like this.Eileen's Machine Embroidery BlogEileen's Machine Embroidery BlogEileen's Machine Embroidery BlogLinked embroidery involves overlapping the designs in a continuous and predictable pattern.  Again, there are a few ways to do this but one of my favorite techniques is explained here: watch another technique here:!
  3. Continuous AppliqueEileen's Machine Embroidery BlogThe wave border on the Seashell quilt is made of two fabrics: the quilt top is white and the appliqué is the blue batik– both are 43” long.  A fun but challenging technique, continuous appliqué gives the illusion of a giant hoop when in reality it’s multi-hooping on a home embroidery machine. It’s a quite a bit easier with a flat magnetic hoop like Snap-Hoop but here’s how you do in a standard hoop:
  4. Stitch a matching set of terrycloth towels.Eileen's Machine Embroidery BlogIt always cracks me up when a brand new embroiderer tells me she bought an embroidery machine so she could monogram towels. I know it looks so simple but boy can it stymie the best of us. Let’s break it down: terrycloth is bulky, loopy and easily damaged by pulls; life expectancy is long and includes frequent laundering; plus towels comes in sets that are expected to be exact replicas of each other and coordinate with other items (hand and bath towels, shower curtains, trash can liners, etc).
  5. Embroider a RibbonEileen's Machine Embroidery BlogNow that you’ve stitched a perfectly-matched set of towels, wrap them in tulle and swaddle them with an embroidered ribbon. If that doesn’t scream personalized – then nothing does!  Select a sheer ribbon, use water soluble stabilizer and hoop on a cutting mat to get the ribbon square in the hoop. Add a personalized message and voila! Instant gift card!
  6. Reverse appliquéEileen's Machine Embroidery BlogHow do you do reverse appliqué? Add the appliqué fabric to the wrong side of the garment and trim the garment away.  Sounds scary but if you’ve mastered ordinary appliqué then this is a no-brainer.
  7. CutworkEileen's Machine Embroidery BlogIt’s beautiful, timeless and time-consuming. Each opening is cut away by hand before the beautiful satin stitches are added.  But oh wait, it’s not that time consuming anymore. Today, your machine can transform with a cutting device.  Learn how Bernina and Baby Lock and Brother 10-needle owners do it.
  8. Insert a Zipper with the Embroidery MachineEileen's Machine Embroidery BlogMany sewists struggle with inserting a zipper between two pieces of fabric.  No wonder, it can be a daunting task.  If you use your embroidery machine, be confident that you’ll get professional results. Just remember to keep the zipper tab AWAY from the embroidery foot. Download the zipper design here.
  9. Design and stitch an embroidery layout for a jacket (front bodice or jacket back and other details such as collar points, cuffs, hemline, etc). You’ll have to rely on your fashion design skills to pull this off. Keep in mind that wherever the embroidery is placed, you’re bringing added attention to that area of the figure. All fashion should be flattering so if the embroidery is going to accent a figure flaw, then change it up! Frame the face, create long, slimming vertical lines or sprinkle designs delicately across the canvas.  Have fun but remember, you’re trying to improve the jacket.Eileen's Machine Embroidery Blog
  10. You tell me. What did I overlook? If you need a refresher on the newbie and intermediate bucket lists, just click here and here.   Leave a comment and tell me what task you think should be added to the Advanced Embroiderer’s Bucket List.  The winner will receive Stitcher’s Hardware with a Feminine Twist.

The winner of last week’s assignment answered the following question:

I’d love to hear how you use appliqué – is it for beauty or function? Leave a comment and you could win a copy of Applique FUNdamentals.

The winner is…Diane Crane  “I use applique for both beauty and function.  I especially love making baby items that are both beautiful and useful, such as burp cloths, baptismal blankets, and sweet onesies.”

Congratulations Diane!


Embossing…with an Embroidery Machine

There’s a hot technique you might want to try, it’s embossing with an embroidery machine. It takes tone-on-tone embroidery to a whole new level. In fact, 90% of the thread is invisible. But it’s the remaining 10% that really makes or breaks the design.

Here are my favorite tips for stitching machine embroidered embossed designs successfully.

  1. Choose a highly textured fabric like terrycloth, Minkee or a nubby fleece.
    Hoop the fabric with tear-away stabilizer. I like to use Magna-Hoop Jumbo for lofty fabrics because it holds the bulky fabric firmly in the hoop and doesn’t leave hoop burn.
  2. Use same color thread as the fabric for the portion of the design that covers the fabric, the fill stitches.
  3. Select a slightly contrasting thread for the outline of the open areas, the word clean in my sample, and the frame. I think a slightly contrasting thread adds extra ‘pop’ to the plain area.
  4. Skip the topper. The heavy fill stitches will hold down the textured fabric plus it saves time after the embroidery process. No need to wet the fabric to remove any water soluble stabilizer.
  5. Remove the fabric from the hoop and tear-away the excess stabilizer. Gently brush your fingers over the open areas of the design to fluff the textured fabric.

You’ll find tons of embossed designs on the web. Here are a few sites that I found in a quick search:


A Christmas Towel Text Design Pack Md from Embroidery Library

Click here to view the complete collection

I taught this technique this past weekend in Denver , CO with my Stitching Sister, Marie Zinno. We had a wonderful time with 95 passionate embroiderers. Our host, Above and Beyond Sewing, did just that – they went above and beyond everyone’s expectations.

I told all of the students that it’s not too late to enter into a highly-rewarding contest, Everyone Smiles. It’s so easy to enter, just snap a photo of yourself with a cover of Designs magazine and post it on our Facebook page. Tag it and add a caption and you’re good to go. Enter now because the prizes are huge! Click here to see all of the prizes.

Here’s your assignment this week:

Please leave a comment this week telling me what was the last embroidery/sewing/quilting class you attended. Online classes count too (I’m enrolled in one right now!). One lucky participant will win a $25.00 gift certificate to Designs in Machine Embroidery.

The winner of last week’s assignment answered the following question:

Tell me what new designs you would like to see in the Stipple Collection and you could be the lucky winner of a Magna-Hoop Jumbo.  If you’re curious to know what Stipple Collections are available now, just click here to view them.

Congratulations to Jackie for posting her comment:
“I’d love to see one with a variety of sizes and shapes of snowmen.”

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