Category: embroidery

How to embroider on really thick fuzzy Christmas Stockings

This is a little easier than you think it would be. The problem is the fabric is so thick that the embroidery foot on the machine doesn’t jump high enough to move to the next spot without snagging. What you need to do is make the fuzzy part temporarily thinner.

Start by putting a tear-away sticky-back stabilizer on the back of the part to be embroidered. On the front use a thick/heavy wash away stabilizer. Using a regular sewing machine run a basting stitch (1/4″ stitch length) up and down the area that will be embroidered. This will tie the two stabilizers together, sandwiching the whole thing into something that will be thin enough to work in the embroidery machine.

Next, hoop up the stocking, pick a design, and start the machine to stitch it out. After the machine finishes all you need to do is remove the base stitches and pull the tear-away stabilizer off. The fabric that was sandwiched together will fluff back up, leaving a very nice design.

Stocking with basting stitches and stabilizer still in place. The machine embroidery has already been finished.

The stabilizer and basting stitches are gone. As you can see, the fuzzy part of the stocking is all fluffed up again.

More Boo Boo Buddies

I have added a new Boo Boo Buddy this week. One of the local dentists wanted some shaped like a tooth to use as cold packs for the younger patients. He liked the sample and ordered a bunch! So the rest of weekend I’ll be making Boo Boo’s.

Placemats, Table Graces

Last year I bought a pattern at Times Square Sewing called Table Graces. This is very easy and fun to do and will make a great wedding or house warming gift. I also think these would be great to do for each holiday. You could have a different set for Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter. They do take a little bit of time to make so you won’t be seeing them on my Ebay site.  If you’re interested in a set, contact me for pricing.

I cut all my fabric out ahead of time. Of course I had to embroider mine so I sewed the fabric right to the stabilizer. This made hooping and centering the design very easy. Next I lay the back and front wrong sides together, placed that on top of the batting and sewed around the outside edge. I left a small opening to turn it right side out and pressed with an iron. I finished by quilting them in the ditch starting at the center and working my way out. I also stitched around the outside about 1/8th of an inch from the edge. This closed up the opening that I had when I turned it right side out.

After it was done I had a great gift. Even a beginner can follow this pattern. This is at the top of my list and a must buy for all quilters. Locally you can pick this up at Times Square in Quincy, IL or you can get it online at QuiltWoman.com.

Corn Holing and Tag Bags

Yep!  Summer is here and backyard games are a big seller.  Cornholing is not a bad word – well, it could be – but today we’re talking about the game.  It’s kinda like horse shoes.  You have two boards set up at a distance from each other.  Each board sits at an angle with a hole at one end.  Then you take bags full of corn and toss them, trying to hit the hole in the board.  There are rules and every thing. For all the rules you’ll have to go to ACA website.

I’ve been selling a ton of bags in my Ebay store.  I use the 350E to personalize them with anything your heart desires – maybe a person’s last name or a bar’s name like “Pete’s Pub”.  “The Corn Hole King” and “USA” are also big sellers.  The bags are made to regulation specs, 6″ by 6″ with 15oz of corn, double stitch with upholstery thread.

The college kids also use them as tag bags.  I shouldn’t have to explain this but I will anyway.  You run around trying to hit each other with a small bag of corn.  If you leave a bruise on someone you get points.  If it’s on his arm, 5 points, black eye, 30points, butt 40 points, groin 100 points.  Yes, these are college kids – who else would make a game of trying to hurt each other?

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Neat Stabilizer Trick

(written by Jason)

Alaine figured out a neat trick.  She’s using Janome Wet N’ Set stabilizer when making these bottle aprons and wineglass cozies.  Towards the end of each job, there’s a step where another piece of fabric has to be added to the underside of the existing project.  That doesn’t seem like a big deal until you consider that pretty much all self-stick stabilizer on the market is only self-stick on one side.  So, the general idea is to use the self-stick on the top side, and when that back fabric needs to be added, stick it on with spray-stick adhesive. (more…)

Embroidery Digitizing Software – update #4

(written by Jason)

Well, good news and bad news!  The good news is we decided we like Digitizer Pro enough that we went ahead and paid for it – so now it’s ours.  The bad news is that now that we’ve paid for it, we’ve got to keep busy using it so it will pay for itself.  The reason why that’s bad news?  Because Alaine stays busy enough just keeping the machines going, so any extras like custom designs, end up waiting for me to do in the evenings. (more…)

Embroidery Digitizing Software – Update #3

We took a right turn in our search for a quality digitizing software.  We had been trying to get a copy of Digitizer 10000 activated, and we’re having much luck.  The last progress we made, Janome wanted us to ship back the hardware key to be replaced.  That would be kinda hard to do, since we didn’t own the software yet, we were just evaluating it from our local dealer. (more…)

Embroidery Digitizing Software – Update #2

Things aren’t going so well with the Janome Digitizer 10000 trial.  The local Janome rep couldn’t seem to make anything happen, so we talked directly to Janome ourselves.  Apparently we need to send the USB key back to them for a replacement to get things working before we can even trial the Click-to-Design.

Ironically, the trial of Click-to-Design is the key factor in whether we’re even going to purchase the software or not.

My opinion – this “used” copy was offered to us at $500.  Every day that goes by where we have to work with Janome directly just to get the software working should knock $100 off the purchase price.

Embroidery Digitizing Software – Update #1

(written by Jason)

Well, so far NOT so good.  I got the software all loaded up, downloaded the patches from Janome and got it all patched up as well.  I started it up and it seemed to be working, so I moved on to cleaning up the logo that I was going to auto-digitize. (more…)

Embroidery Digitizing Software

(written by Jason)

Trying something different today.  Alaine got a contract job that needs a custom embroidery design made from their logo, and their logo unfortunately isn’t the simplest to digitize.  Our experience with digitizing software hasn’t been that great, but then again it’s been primarily with free or extremely low-cost versions.  The open-source movement hasn’t hit the machine embroidery world yet, so free still means pitiful and cheap still means worthless. (more…)