Sunday, December 31, 2017

Looking Back at 2017

This year has been great! Can't wait to see what next year will bring!
Sew Spoiled Twist Apron

  • We finally reviewed the Bunny Bag from  The Makers' Journal Etsy Shop, in Australia. This is such a cute bag and they make adorable bridesmaids gifts. 

Bunny bag
  • February and March had school events happening! We had students attending the All-District Band clinics and we performed The Wizard of Oz at a local Community College!
The Wizard of Oz embroidery!
  • My daughter entered the #KidsCanLearn2Sew Contest! She did not win but we felt like winners because it was a fun project for us to work on together!
  • June through August we were fundraising for a Tuba for our band and we successfully raised over $4,000! See I am a band director, you can't fake this stuff. 😀

  • We took our students to see the Orchestra! Every kid should go to see the orchestra at least once in their elementary career! The NC Symphony Orchestra provides education concerts and explains each piece. We also practice a song that we sing with the orchestra playing the accompaniment. The students love it and grow to love classical music!
  • Then fall arrived with cooler weather and I made a beautiful sweater, I will share pictures later. 
  • This month we have focused on embroidery! Everyone needs help with this especially if you received one for Christmas. We want to help you get it out of the box and creating beautiful works!
What a fantastic year! I have grown as an educator and seamstress.
From our family to yours Happy New Year!

Friday, December 29, 2017

Embroidery Help; Lesson 3- What Items Can I Embroider On?

Do you need some inspiration for your embroidery? Below is my Embroidery Pinterest Board! I update it frequently and it has over 340 pins! We have 744 followers but we highly advise you following this board so you can continue to receive inspiration for new embroidery ideas.
Best wishes and tons of stitches!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Embroidery Help; Lesson 2- Set Up

Let's embroider a project!
                                  Wait a minute, wait a minute! Let's set up everything first.
  • Set up the design for the embroidery machine. You will need to get your design ready for your machine. I use Embrilliance Software to move letters or move design pieces around and size things. I like to center everything in the hoop graph on my computer software so that it will transfer that to the machine. I also baste all of my designs. If you do not have the software you can use stitches directly from your embroidery machine, you can purchase files online and transfer them to your machine via SD card, USB or with a cable. 
  • Hoop the stabilizer, leave a little excess around the hoop. Make sure the stabilizer has a little tension like a drum. I do not hoop my fabric or project. I baste the project down first and then my machine runs the embroidery files. That way if the baste stitch is the wrong size or if the design is not center I can start over, change the size or take out the stitches and move the fabric. You can get hoop burn if you hoop your project fabric. 
  • Mark the project with a Target Stickers or I like to iron a mark where I want the embroidery to go on my project. (I will show you how later.) You will notice that there are marks on the hoop; north, south, east, and west or your X and Y axis. Your needle should be in the center of your hoop. These markings will help you adjust your work so it is centered. Some machines even come with a plastic grid that you can lay over the hooped project to help with centering. 

  • Let the machine show you how large the area it is embroidering. This can also help you see if a design is centered.

  • For fluffy designs, you will need a top stabilizer. 
  • Lower the presser foot and start the design.
  • If the machine skips over and goes across the hoop to a new area to embroider pause the machine and clip the thread.
  • When the project is done embroidering. Release the hoop, take out the basting stitches, clip any excess threads and trim or tear away the stabilizer. 

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Embroidery Help; Lesson 1- What do I need?

I got an embroidery machine now what?
First, you need a few items to make your machine work.

  • Make sure you have a stabilizer, my favorite is tear-away
  • Embroidery Thread! Embroidery thread is different than sewing machine thread. It is shiny and made out of polyester, it is better for your machine because the thread has fewer fibers that will clog the machine. Also, You will also want the shine from the thread to stand out above the fabric.
  • If you want to embroider towels, or anything fuzzy, then you will want to purchase Water Soluble Embroidery Stabilizer. This stabilizer is for the top of your embroidery work so the thread will stand up on top of the fluffy fibers of a towel.
  • Embroidery Machine Scissors, these will make it easier for you to trim threads. Sometimes an embroidery design will move across the hoop and you will have extra thread across your design, trim them away while the project is in the hoop.
  • Baste Design! I use this for almost every design! I will show you how later. It is FREE! 
  • Software! My favorite is Embrilliance Embroidery Software. Or buy it directly here! I love this software because it is cheap(er than most embroidery software) and available for PC or MAC.  It will baste your design for you!
Do you have to have all of these items? No, you can certainly make your machine work without them but these items will make life embroidering much easier. If you already embroider and know of other embroidery products please share them with us in the comments!
Best Wishes and Tons of Stitches!
We will talk about setting up next.....