Machine Embroidery Techniques I FAQ
I have just purchased my first embroidery machine. Is there a more basic lesson to get me started?Expand
Fundamentals of Machine Embroidery now comes as a bonus with the Machine Embroidery Techniques I class. It goes over the basics of machine embroidery, including threads, stabilizers, needles, etc. It would be a basic class to start your machine embroidery experience. The combination of the two classes would allow you to grow with your machine, progressing from the basics to special techniques.
If you don't have or can't find Angelina could you use something else?Expand
You could use Sparkle organza or any other fabric with a shine instead of Angelina.
How can I download the designs in this class?Expand
To download the stitch files, click on the Drawings Tab. To download the color charts (in PDF format), click on the Documents Tab.
What affordable software for this would you recommend?Expand
I use Pfaff/Viking 5D system, which I really like. Just like with a machine, however, I would purchase a software system where you can get dealer support. There is a learning curve to using the software and classes are very helpful. In addition to dealer support with the 5D system, there is also online support, both through the company and independent instructors. I don't think you will be disappointed with 5D.
You used the word "affordable." Unfortunately, none of the embroidery software programs are cheap. Go to your local machine dealers and ask for a demonstration of their software and ask about classes and support.
How do you attach the lace design when completed on the edge of a napkin or whatever you want to use it on with the cut away of the material that it is replacing?Expand
- Hoop 2 layers of water soluble stabilizer very tight in your hoop. Please do not try to use a hoop larger than 5" x 7" and do not stitch more than one motif in a hooping.
- Stitch out the motif.
- Cut away excess stabilizer.
- Align the motif on a napkin corner. You can use pins or a basting stitch.
- Stitch the lace with your sewing machine to the fabric using a zigzag stitch width 2.5mm and density 0.5.
- Cut the excess fabric away at the back.
- Soak in warm water until the stabilizer has dissolved.
- Apply a bead of Fray Block to the cut edge of the napkin on the back side.