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Date: 2/16/13 3:39 AM

Please feel free to transfer this post elsewhere if you think it might belong somewhere else...

My Bernina 350's alphabet is just not going to cut it I don't think, for writing (sewing/embroidering) a sentence on a pillow I'm making for each of my boys. I'd like the letters to be a little bit bigger and the font - for lack of a better word - is too odd.

I've been looking at youtube videos on how to embroider lettering and it doesn't look *too* hard (knock on wood), however the problem is that what I want to hand-embroider through is a pretty stiff velvet that appears to have a soft denim-like backing. Edit: I just googled a bit and it might be called velveteen (very short pile and not something that you could drape - it's a bit too stiff for that I think). I found a bunch of it in the fabric trunk of my grandmother who died 10 years ago and stopped sewing probably 25-30 years ago!

If you know, will this fabric be too thick to do this on? I hope not - I really want to use it for this project. Any special tools/needles/thread etc. that I need to make it work? I've yet to buy any of the things I need.

Thanks very much!
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Subject: I hope you dont mind my posting here (?!) Date: 2/16/13 7:06 AM

I've seen letters machine embroidered, but done by hand. Basically they stenciled the outline of the letter(s) on the fabric, then satin stitched them by machine, just changing stitch width when necessary.

If this could apply to this particular fabric, I'm not sure. Do you have any extra to practice on? I would attempt this by chalking the letter outlines onto the fabric, then basting some water-soluble stabilizer on top so the stitches don't sink in. If it's really stiff, you probably don't need to stabilize the back too.

Or you could embroider letters with floss/yarn by hand. I'd buy a thimble or three. ;)

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Date: 2/16/13 8:53 AM

For a cursive style, I would use a fabric pen or chalk to write out the message and name, and then use the sewing machine and a straight stitch to stitch over your pen/chalk lines.

Use a piece of stabilizer over top of the fabric; water soluble if the item can be washed, or a melt-away if not. This will prevent the stitching from sinking into the fabric.

Another idea would be to cut out the letters, ie L E And O out of another fabric or fabrics, and then applique them to the heart fabric.

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Date: 2/16/13 9:18 AM

If you want to do it by hand you should go for it. You really don't need much in the way of supplies to find out what you will really need is patience to do it. Some people absolutely love doing hand embroidery, I sure did at one time.

Your local Walmart should have what you need and you could try it out on a scrap of your fabric. You'll need some embroidery floss (or yarn or whaterver you'd like to use as thread) (I would recommend for you first time to stick with the floss, it's stranded and you usually 2-3 strands), an embroidery needle (the tips are a bit blunt) who's eye is big enough for your floss, and a small hoop.

Have fun.

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Date: 2/16/13 2:50 PM

Short pile cotton velveteen that is washable is very easy to hand embroider on. All you need is some hand embroidery thread (use maybe at least 3 plies out of the 6 in it though to show up) a needle, and hoop, you need no stabilizer or topping or anything actually.

Also if you combine some machine embroidered letters done in a hoop embroidery machine, with hand embroidery done around and in them afterwards, you can get much richer and more 3D effects than you ever could just using any kind of computerized machine to do that.

One thing that always looks nice, is to use a machine to make machine embroidered satin stitched letters and then go back in with hand embroidery and thickly hand outline/backstitch stitch around all the edges of them later, with maybe something like 4 or 5 strands of matt cotton black DMC embroidery floss or even thicker gold or silver metallic pearl embroidery floss for the outlines around the previous satin stitch. Done that way (combining both together- machine and hand work) you get a very impressive textured look, you would never get with just only using any machine hooped embroidery with out that hand done embroidery laid around and onto it/into it and top of it later.

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Subject: I hope you dont mind my posting here (?!) Date: 2/16/13 10:17 PM

All such interesting options!

Biochemistress (love your name...is that really what you are? Way cool, if so) - I do have extra to practice on. I don't understand what you're suggesting though (?). Are you saying to stencil the writing on then fill it in by sorta free-motioning - kinda like darning? Duly noted on the 1 or 3 thimbles. ;)

LynnRowe - Feeling pretty dumb here. How would you sew over cursive without free-motion sewing (which would be fine...is that what you're suggesting)? Or are you saying to manipulate the fabric combined with pivoting? And what do you mean by preventing the stitching from sinking into the fabric? Isn't that what sewing is? Sorry to be so dense! I like the idea of appliqueing the letters on, however I want to write a short sentence and there won't be room to applique I don't think (lettering would be too small).

TammyAnn - I don't mind learning. I remember when I was a little kid my great-aunt taught me. Watching a couple of youtube videos was like a blast from the past. It was surprising how much I remembered (which is not to suggest it wouldn't be somewhat challenging still). Not a huge fan of Walmart but my local sewing machine store I noticed has hoops and floss so I'll go there tomorrow, thanks!

Beauturbo - that's good to know! As for the machine idea, I really want to use my machine or else do it by hand. I don't have what it takes to learn how to use a borrowed machine and my machine is basic - not an embroidery machine. I'm not sure but I *think* my machine could take a hoop, in theory. So I guess it could do some free-motion "embroidery?" Again, the font on the built-in alphabet is too small cause it's limited by the stitch width of the machine. I could try to use my machine to write the message in their ugly font using the underscore button for spacing between the words, but the writing will be a bit small. However it might be worth at least trying since I have enough of the red to practice on. I guess it would make sense to cut out the heart, embroider and THEN applique the heart on (duhhh)! Also I could try your last suggestion and use the built-in alphabet then go over it by hand which would at least solve the problem of the L in the name LEO being too short for the E and the O (I wish they hadn't done that)!

Thanks everyone! I'll let you know how it goes and will also attempt to include pics of the red velveteen since I took some to share.

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Subject: I hope you dont mind my posting here (?!) Date: 2/17/13 7:50 AM

Therese - thank you, yes, I have a degree but am currently a SAHM.

WRT the embroidery, trace the letters onto your fabric, then set up your sm for satin stitch and trace over the letters, pivoting when necessary. Once letters get a little bit bigger than the built-in ones, they look better in satin stitch than running stitch.

If you have a professional embroidery place near you, they would be able to embroider whatever words you want, probably for about $8/pillow. Don't know how that compares to the cost of floss etc., but yet another idea.

Have fun and post pics!

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Subject: I hope you dont mind my posting here (?!) Date: 2/17/13 9:15 AM

I have also used a triple straight stitch to do "freehand" lettering. I did this one on a denim "Let It Snow" vest(I made for a daughter who was living in Hawaii.) the vest also had appliques. It turned out very well, and people who saw it thought it was hand embroidered.
I recently was thinking of trying this for a large Redwork design.

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Subject: I hope you dont mind my posting here (?!) Date: 2/19/13 5:37 PM

You can get an embroidery hoop from Nancys Notions that slides under your machine's needle and you would do free motion embroidery.
Practice first- like darning. You drop the feed dogs and use a satin stitch to trace the name or word that you wrote on fabric.
That was how we did machine embroidery in the 70's and 80's.

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Date: 2/26/13 2:25 AM

Please click here and scroll down,if you like a machine embroidered hand lettered floss stitch.
Hand Lettered Font comes in .5", 1", 2", 3" and 4" heights.

Fancy pen floss font comes in 1", 2", 3", 4", and 5" heights and old script floss font comes in .5", 1", 2", 3" and 4" heights. 17-thread-layer floss stitch with standard embroidery thread and no special setup required.Stitching is left to right and the price is very reasonable.

Edited to add,I didn't realize your Bernina was not an embroidery machine.

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