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Posted by: Diane Yaghoobian

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Posted on: 3/1/03 11:43 PM
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I was hesitant to try free-hand embroidery by machine. I have an embroidery machine and like "letting it do its thing" but I wanted to try other things. I have just done cutwork on a girl's dress collar. Here's how: Using blue quilt marker I traced a design (actually a design from a card I don't have) onto stabilizer. I went to Joann and got one of those low-profile metal spring-action embroidery hoops, put embroidery thread in top and bobbin. I hooped the fabric (not yet cut into a collar) with stabilizer above and fusible behind. I just followed the design on the stabilizer with a close satin stitch and I'm cutting out the simple design now. This stabilizer marking is very neat, would work well for placement of buttonholes and any hand-work. I know they sell premarked stabilizer for quilting but you could do it yourself. Just don't use ball-pen- the color will sink into your fabric when you rinse away the stabilizer.

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crazyquilter said... (4/14/03 3:03 AM) Reply
this sounds like something i can do! i am desperate to learn some techniques to make my garments more noteworthy. i will try this! thanks for the infomation!
Dale C said... (3/5/03 3:07 PM) Reply
I'll have to see if I can do this with my machine. I don't have an embroidery machine (yet... still saving up), but I'm sure it can be done on my regular one. Thanks Diane
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