2019 Stitch Along Tour
Hello and welcome to my website!!! I'm so happy you are here. Happy National Embroidery Month! This has been an amazing tour with lots of inspiration and creativity, and there's lots more on the way!
When I was asked to join the 2019 Stitch Along Tour, I was thrilled because I love Designs in Machine Embroidery and working with pre-printed panels. I really enjoy doing machine embroidery and working with Baby Lock's IQ Designer, so this project was a perfect match for me!!! My twist on the new Farmhouse Collection - Sentiments by dime, was "sew" much fun.
I started this project using a Baby Lock Destiny, and about halfway through this project I got my Solaris!!! Happy Dance!!! So, of course, I had to let "Tinkerbell" play too! I used Sulky 40 wt. Rayon thread for the embroidery in a variety of colors.
I always test embroidery designs before I stitch them out. I also wanted to audition my ideas before stitching on the "real" panel, so here's what I did. I hooped Sulky Soft 'n Sheer™ Stabilizer, or you can use Baby Lock No-Show Mesh Stabilizer. As you can see in this picture, I made a free standing appliqué (heart) and I embroidered the lettering directly onto the stabilizer. After I trimmed away the stabilizer, I was able to get a better idea as to what it would look liked stitched onto the panel. I love this auditioning technique!!!
I pinned the heart in place and hooped the panel. At the machine (Destiny), I scanned the hooped fabric with the heart still pinned in place. Then, I was able to line up the design exactly where I wanted it to stitch ~ awesome!
This is a beautiful appliqué design, and I wanted to put a twist on it. I found the red gingham fabric in my stash, and it had a tendency to fray! I thought it would be perfect to give the panel a shabby appeal! I used my Clover Patchwork scissors to snip around the edges of the fabric for an even shabbier look.
Next, I focused on some fun features in IQ Designer that I'm so excited to share with you. Now, just to back up a little...prior to stitching the heart on the panel, I hooped the panel and scanned it in IQ Designer.
I used the Line and Fill properties in IQ Designer to trace around the letters and fill the letters with a satin stitch. I chose to work in the color red because it was more visible. I had so much fun doing this that I forgot to take a more current picture, but here's a picture of the time I practiced on the letter "t" in the word "Gather." When I was ready to start for real, I started from the beginning with the word "The."
When you save the artwork in IQ Designer and convert it to an embroidery design, the embroidery design is in the exact place where it needs to stitch, as long as you don't re-hoop! It's very important to note that I did not re-hoop my panel. Shown below is "The Gathering Place" design in the embroidery mode. Notice how I was able to zoom in 200%, so I could take a closer look. And, if I wanted to make any fine adjustments, I could have used the directional arrows to move the design.
Here it is, stitching out exactly as planned!!!! This is so exciting!
A lot of times when I work, I come up with new ideas at different stages. It turns out that I sewed on the border next! I love using Clover Wonder Clips, especially since I have a "help-purr" in my sewing room who likes to steal pins!
Perfect timing...the Solaris arrived! This was the perfect opportunity to use the projector to project the floral spray on the panel exactly where I wanted it. The projector is revolutionary and makes perfect placement so easy!
I really had fun using IQ Designer to transform the black border fabric!!!! Shown is the image of the scanned fabric. As you can see, I have just a wee bit more to finish!
I used the brush tool in the fill properties menu to "brush" exactly where I wanted the decorative fill stitching.
Here's what my embroidery designed looked like.
I used the Dual Feed Foot with the open toe foot attachment to stitch in the ditch between the panel and the border. If you aren't familiar with the Dual Feed Foot, it has a belt that you can't see in this picture. The belt helps to move the fabric from the top while the feed dogs move the fabric from the bottom! A really great foot to use when working with multiple layers!!! You can't tell in this picture, but I used Sulky 40 wt. Rayon thread in a variegated black and gray.
I used a Clover Bias Tape Maker to make the bias tape for the binding.
This was a lot of fun, and I hope you enjoyed reading about how I transformed the panel using my Baby Lock Destiny and Solaris machines, and IQ Designer.
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Thank you you so much for joining me here, and I hope you have a Happy Valentine’s Day!!!
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