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Posted on: 9/4/06 10:37 PM
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As part of the preparation for my daughter's recent wedding, she requested that I personalize her "spa" outfit, a two-piece terry cloth outfit that she had bought from Vicky's Secret. (A spa outfit, I found out, is for doing hair and makeup before putting on the big dress). At the last minute my embroidery machine refused to cooperate. "Do SOMETHING!" she wailed.

In desperation I found some stencil letters used for a school project, about 1" high, and proceeded to cut them out of a cotton/lycra knit, backing them with a fusible applique I had bought from Sew Baby. I then satin-stitched them onto the outfit. Much to my surprise, they came out even better than the embroidery would have, I think, kind of bold and in-your-face. As you can see from the picture, she is quite satisfied.

I'm sure this is an obvious tip to many, but it sure works in a pinch and I'm keeping those letters on hand!

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nancy2001 said...
What a creative solution. Necessity really is the mother of invention.
9/5/06 8:47 PM
ginaT said...
Thats looks so now..... and really professional.Your DD looks so happy too.When's her big day?
9/5/06 8:18 PM
AnneM said...
Great job!
9/5/06 3:00 PM
Rhoda K said...
Ditto to the comments above, I don't have an EB machine either. Looks good.
9/5/06 11:13 AM
Stilltheone said...
Great idea! I'm glad your daughter was pleased. Good tip for me as I don't have an emb. machine.
9/5/06 8:49 AM
OP Gal said...
My machine doesn't have embroidery capability, so this tip will be very useful for me. Thanks for the tip.
9/5/06 8:48 AM
 
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