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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Embellisher / Felting Machine ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Date: 2/25/09 7:45 PM

Are there others who would like to discuss embellishing / felting machines? Where do you find the best roving selection and prices? What do you make with your machine? What type of base do you use for your projects? Where do you find wool curls and other such things?
Kym, USA

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Date: 2/26/09 2:03 AM

Lots of good questions. I don't have answers for you but I will be following this thread with interest. I bought an embellisher a few years ago, but have still not used it. Just haven't had the time.

I do know one PR member, Liana, has reviewed some items she has embellished and the items look gorgeous.

All I can say is that I have heard it is better to have an embellisher (ie separate machine) than to buy an embellishing attachment for your regular machine. The reasoning being that there is a very large amount of fluff that will gather in the machine from the roving wool etc. The embellishing only machines are not very expensive and so I felt it was worthwhile to buy a separate one.

I also know there is a thread somewhere on PR about converting a regular sewing machine (if you have an older one you don't want to use anymore) into an embellishing only machine, but I don't know how to find that thread.

Hopefully you will get a lot of responses from sewers who do embellishing. I think this could be a very interesting thread.

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Date: 2/26/09 11:01 AM

I got to try out the Janome last week. I will not be buying one right now.

But as far as wool rovings, I live in an area with lots of spinners and weavers, we have a great shop called the Loom that carries lots of wool and silk roving, both died and natural.

I saw some beautiful scarves last week with the felting done on silk.

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Date: 2/27/09 3:52 PM

Well, I've taken some pictures of my latest embellishing projects. I'm not as advanced as some, and I love *different* and fun! Clothes have to be fun to fit in my wardrobe. So, with that in mind, I'll show some of my items.

Visit this page of my website to see!
this page

Anyone else want to share? I'll add more as I take pix.
Kym

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Date: 2/27/09 4:48 PM

Love the yellow jacket! The little ladies are adorable Did you applique them or attach with the embellisher?

I also like the detail on the purple jacket, very nice.

I have had my BL embellisher for about 3 years and LOVE it! Though I have not used it as much I as I would like to, I have made a few things. Most notably the lapel on "Valerie's Butterfly Garden" that you can see at the bottom of my blog.

For that one I used a hand dyed heavy silk for the base and a wide variety of fibers for punching, not just silk and wool rovings.

I am currently working on an art quilt where I have used kunin felt as the base for stitching and punching hand dyed roving and curls to build a dimensional 'goddess' shape. It was then cut out and will later be applied as an element to the quilt.

I have also just felted large sheets of layered roving to use later to make a hat, booties, a purse -- whatever I end up deciding it will be when I get around to it

Tons of ideas, never enough energy...

heidi
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Date: 2/27/09 5:50 PM

OOOOHHHH, I love this thread! I have been looking at an embellisher just recently, but I have wanted one for several year. I have looked at the new Babylock with the 12 needles.
More, more. I have signed up to a couple of the yahoo groups but this is my favorite site, so MORE.

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Date: 2/27/09 11:10 PM

Kym your jackets are lovely,
and Heidi your butterfly garden robe is beautiful.

Wow both of you did very inspirational work. Congratulations.

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Date: 2/28/09 9:30 AM

Heidi,
I love "Valerie's Butterfly Garden." It's absolutely gorgeous.
What is kunin felt? I'm not familiar with that. I do know that any fabric left from my projects is now tossed into a large box - for use with felting. It's amazing what can be done with this machine.

My ladies were felted - then I stitched around the plaid skirt to keep it "stuck." It was a design on whim to liven up an outfit.

Kym

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Date: 2/28/09 12:06 PM

Glad you both liked 'VBG' -- it was a really fun and challenging project.

Kunin felt is just basically 'regular' felt, identified as such to distinguish it from wool felt or other 'good' stuff, lol. It also has the distinct ability to melt when you use a heat gun or soldering iron on it, thus it is used for interesting surface design techniques.

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Date: 3/3/09 8:42 PM

I just got Nancy Notions newest catalog and they have an Embellisher, 5 needle, with clear extension table for 299. Good Deal?
Or I am looking at a Babylock 12 needle, new for 399.
Please help me decide. Janice

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