If you havn’t been watching this series, catch up! Lynne is brand new to machine embroidery and knows nothing about it, other than watching OML Live! videos and learning with me on Sundays while we stitch out Anita Goodesign projects. She had so much fun, she decided to join in with her own machine!
Lynne has learned so much – she is fantastic at trimming applique and learning her new machine. Satin stitches are her favorite type of stitches because they cover up any trimming mistakes. In the Hoop is her thing, she loves her own creations!
Last weekend, Lynne took her embroidery machine home and joined in her first OML Live! sew along stitching out the pretty Halloween flower machine embroidery design!
She did a great job – looks great – but had some issues and then broke a needle. Join us for this video where we discuss what happened, change the needle and try to fix the design that is still in the hoop! Can we do all that??
Another week has gone by fast…now it is that time again! Sunset with Sue: Digitizing after dark – one hour of digitizing fun. This week we are going to be creating spider webs in every corner, nook and cranny – custom made with the running stitch and ready to add a spider! Of course no jump or trims included.
I didn’t think that the spider webs would take that long to do, so I added in a pumpkin too. The pumpkin is made from ovals, and copy and paste and then we are going to fix the nodes so it looks awesome!!
Last week’s sew along was so much fun and I love how the in the hoop B turned out. I used bright fabric – oh, I LOVE the green and black diamonds for the top of the B!!)
The first O looks really cool in purple! I don’t have much in the way of purple – the right color of purple, so I will probably pick a different color combination – maybe even use a purple and black diamond pattern to compliment the B? I will figure it out for Saturday – maybe everyone watching can help me decide on the color scheme!
Join me for this fun sew along, nice and early for Halloween. It’s all finished in the hoop, all you need is a bit of ribbon to finish the design and hang it up. I think I might hang mine in my front bay window and then move it into my office after Halloween – just so I can make room for the Christmas designs that I will be stitching!!!
Where are you going to hang yours? Let me know in the comments!!
Did I scare you? Don’t be scared, it’s the name of the machine embroidery design that we are going to be stitching on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 10AM on the OML Embroidery youtube channel!
This is a new and really cute design from Sweet Pea Machine Embroidery designs and I think it will be a lot of fun to stitch it out! This design is available in 3 different sizes – and yes, you get all 3 sizes when you purchase the design – from 5×7 to 7×10. Each letter has some cute designs and decorations and the whole design is completed in the hoop! Each design is going to have to be stitched separately, so we will start with the B and see how much time we have left.
Run! go get your bright halloween fabric and thread colors and get ready for Saturday’s Sew Along with Sue!
WOW! Can you believe that it is almost September? You know what happens at the first of the month…IT’S DIME DOOR STITCH ALONG TIME!
Are you ready for the new September Door machine embroidery design free from Designs in Machine Embroidery? The september door is my new favorite door – it is so cute, and I love the new techniques that we are going to work on! This #dimedoor makes you want to go and explore the forest and hope to see a cute gnome and his gnome home!
All of the step by step instructions are in a PDF that comes with the download of the files, along with the C2S file – the native file for Perfect Embroidery Professional software- so you can change the design elements or resize the entire embroidery design!
Happy Stitching and we will see you all at the OML Embroidery Youtube channel for a fun and creative sew along!
The continuing series, Embroidery on a Budget by the Economical Embroiderer! This week’s topic is FABRIC. You can’t embroider without fabric (other than FSL, of course) and actually finding cheap fabric is not always easy.
First, I would like to point out that there is a difference between CHEAP fabric and INEXPENSIVE fabric. Cheap fabric is also inexpensive, but the lack of “quality ingredients” can make the cheap fabric a nightmare to work with. The inexpensive fabric is the way to go – the better quality fabric that is on sale or you can find it free or really super cheap. That is where the money is well spent – and if you don’t put the quality fabric into your work, it will show in the end, and your final product will undoubtedly be lesser quality too. So how do you get high-quality fabric and save money?
LOOK FOR SALES: OK, this one is pretty easy. If you are in a fabric store and there is a sale, make sure you check it out. I don’t pay full price for any fabric at a fabric store – eventually, it all goes on sale. For example, after Christmas or even in the summer you can find Christmas prints on sale – and sometimes really great sales in the offseason. Buy as much as you need or want, and then store it for the season – and you will have a great selection of less expensive fabrics for your Christmas stitching.
REMNANTS ARE COOL: Yep! always make sure you check out the remnants – you never know what you are going to find! And the price of the fabric is usually pretty amazing, and you can end up paying less than 1/2 of the original costs! Remnants are much cheaper than fat quarters, so you can select a whole bunch of different prints and save tons of cash! If you need the fabric for making appliques, fabric remnants cut into odd shapes and less than 1/2 a yard can save you a bunch. You don’t need to have neatly cut fabric to do appliques, so don’t pay for it. Remnants can sometimes be found in a big bin or rolled up nicely in a bin with prices on it. I check my local store every time I go there. I once found 1 yard of fancy expensive sparkly organza for much less than the regular price – and 1 yard goes a long way. It was gorgeous material that I used to embellish so many Halloween projects. Check it out, you never know what you are going to find.
THE END OF THE ROLL: Know the policies of some fabric stores – there are a few that have some “quiet” rules that you only hear about if it comes up – for example finishing the roll of fabric! There are two stores around here that will offer you an extra 15% off your fabric if you finish the roll of fabric! You can take that into consideration when you are looking at the fabric to purchase. If you need a lot of one fabric, make sure you pick a smaller roll if possible, so you have a chance at finishing the roll and getting that discount. A 15% discount on a large amount of fabric will go a long way in the end and you can save a ton of money!
JOIN THE CLUB AT YOUR STORE: If your local fabric store has some kind of a club, be sure to check it out. We have one store that has a club, and it works out incredibly good for the cost bottom line of all our purchases for the year. For this particular store, they charge a small yearly fee of $20 to join the fabric club. Once you have joined the club they have regular discounts for club members on any fabric purchase, but they also have special days or weekends where club members can get extra savings on the regular or sale prices. If you combine a sale price plus the members discount, you can save a ton of money! We sometimes buy fabric in bulk, so usually our first purchase after paying the club fee is saved with that cool member percentage saving, so it is all savings after that – make sure you take that into consideration when you are checking out the club – you will probably save more on your purchases than you spent on the club membership. Also, it is great to get a nice discount off of everything that you purchase! Never pay full price for fabric!
THRIFT STORES: Now don’t stop reading here or discount this idea, because you will be very surprised!! I was SO HAPPY when I went to my local thrift store to check it out. THEY HAD A WHOLE SECTION FOR FABRIC. People had extra fabric and were not going to use it, so it ended up donated. And this was a gold mine. I spent time looking at what they had, and I was amazed. I saw tons of pretty organza, pretty prints, very expensive embellished fabric, upholstery fabric, outdoor fabric and yes, some butt-ugly horrible fabric from ancient times, too. But there was more than I ever imagined, and I had so much fun checking out all of my options. The best part? THE PRICE!! I purchased about 4 yards of beautiful silky and embellished flower fabric for a mere $3.99!! You can’t complain about that price, and it is enough for a full project, too. It is not a scrap of material, 4 yards is quite a bit of material and the price makes it LESS THAN $1.00 A YARD. Tell me where you can purchase fabric for $1.00 a yard?
PRO TIP: Because the material is so inexpensive, get yourself going a little fabric stash for test stitching! If you are test-stitching a design that you are going to put on a fleece jacket or shirt, you should be test-stitching it on the same type of material. Save yourself a ton of money and use thrift store fabric for this purpose. You should always be test-stitching your designs, so you might as well save the money on the fabric!
PRO TIP 2: Pretty fabric like above can be used for test stitching, but can also be used for propping your pictures! This fabric has lots of shine, interest and beautiful colors, it would be great to show off embroidery as the background for the photo, or as a prop addition (picture the fabric draped beautifully off of a work table with matching thread spools beside it. Your product photos just have to LOOK expensive and elegant, but they don’t have to be! If you were to carefully line a cardboard box with this fabric, you would have a stunning photo box for cheap!
I can think of many other ideas for this or any other kind of fabric that is priced at $1.00 a yard! You can experiment, use it for projects, create backdrops and make pretty pictures, you can use it for test stitching and even making pillows! Comment below how you would use this fabric!
I have had fun doing the research to become an Economical Embroiderer!
This week we are talking about stabilizers, and how to be economical with stabilizers. Some people will go to extreme lengths to save a few pennies on stabilizers, and I am not going to suggest any of these solutions – I will briefly talk about them and why I don’t suggest following those suggestions, but that is going to be it on that subject. I don’t really want to ruffle those darn feathers today!
START OFF WITH THE BASICS: When you are starting off building your stabilizer stash, it can be quite overwhelming because there are so many options out there. Where do you start, let alone how do you save money? In this situation, my advice would be to start with the basics so you can get doing some embroidery. The basic stabilizers are cutaway, tear away and WSS (water-soluble stabilizer). That’s it! 3 rolls and you can get started on any embroidery. Now there are different weights, sizes, cuts and so many other options for each kind of stabilizer. I say go for the middleweight and get the fabric type WSS stabilizer, that will get you going.
THE BIGGER THE BETTER: The only way to really be economical with stabilizer is to purchase the stabilizer in bulk – the bigger the roll the more money you will save. Again, stick with the basics on cutaway and tear away. You can really save a lot of money if you purchase larger rolls of stabilizer – for production purposes, we purchase huge rolls of 500 yards of tear-away stabilizer – it’s a massive roll – I only wished it lasted longer!
USE COMMON SENSE AND KNOW YOUR PRICES! you always have to be careful when making ANY purchases – use common sense and of course, know your prices. If you are purchasing large rolls, make sure the price per yard is less than the smaller rolls. Also, use your common sense – make sure that what you are purchasing is actually used for embroidery – that is super important – and make sure you will use that particular stabilizer. Some people have purchased large rolls of stabilizer only to find out that they hate how it hoops or the end results in their hoop. For that reason, spend the extra money and don’t worry so much about being economical, and purchase a SMALL ROLL of that stabilizer before you purchase the large roll. Test out the type of stabilizer and make sure it is useful for you – and once you decide that it is, THEN purchase the large roll. Having a large roll of stabilizer that saved you money and you hate using really is not saving you money in the end, is it? Know your prices and make sure you are getting a good deal – some stores will just make it look like you are saving money – know your prices and make sure it is a great price.
MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ROOM FOR LARGER ROLLS: Yeah, that may seem like a stupid thing to say, but some of the economical rolls can be very large – larger and heavier than you think! You must be able to use the large rolls, and you must be able to store them somewhere. In our workroom, we have a large strong table that can support the weight of the roll, and a cutting board underneath it so that we can cut the sizes that we need. If you don’t have a set up like this, you may not be able to use a large roll effectively. Make sure you have room in your workspace and make sure you can get at the stabilizer easily when you need to!
REMEMBER YOU PAY FOR CONVENIENCE: If you purchase pre-cut stabilizer of any sort – even perforated stabilizer of a certain size, remember that you are paying for that convenience. Sometimes it can be a lot more money per square if it is pre-cut! Now I am not saying that pre-cut stabilizer is not economical – it certainly can be under some circumstances. Production would be a good example of when the pre-cut cutaway stabilizer is economical. If you need to stitch say 40 shirts on your 4×4 hoop, it will save you tons of time to just grab a perfectly sized square of stabilizer and then hoop and go. In that example, the extra cost of the pre-cut stabilizer is saved in time. Time is money, and if pre-cut stabilizer will save you time, it will save you money too. I have a bunch of pre-cut stabilizers left over from our t-shirt production days, and I seriously rarely use it! It does look great sitting on my shelf though – almost inviting me to do some 4×4 designs once in a while just to use it up!
NOT RECOMMENDED: Here is where some feathers may get slightly ruffled – but remember this is just the writer’s opinion here. I don’t think anyone should bother stitching scraps of stabilizer together to be economical, for any reason. The stabilizer in your embroidery is the foundation of all embroidery – the foundation of your hooping and material. If that foundation is weakened for any reason (such as running stitches holding it together), then your embroidery is going to be “weaker” as well. If I have larger pieces leftover from other jobs, I will cut them into 6 x6 squares and save them for the 4×4 hoop, but the rest of the scraps won’t fit into any other hoop, and those small or medium pieces need to be thrown away. Remember that your foundation is everything. Being an economical embroiderer is great, but I don’t think you can take shortcuts with your stabilizer foundation.
KITCHEN PRODUCTS ARE NOT STABILIZERS AND ARE NOT DESIGNED FOR EMBROIDERY ON YOUR EXPENSIVE FINE-TUNED EMBROIDERY MACHINE. Enough said, right? Foundations, foundations, foundations. Coffee filters are for coffee, and you don’t make coffee on your embroidery machine….or do you?
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