Part 5: Anita Goodesign Sew Along Halloween Town

Welcome to Part 5 of the  @Anita Goodesign  Halloween Town Sew Along! In this video, we are going to stitch out a quilt top, step by step! Lots of bright Halloween colors, pumpkin applique and scary ghosts – and of course the scary Halloween trees!!

Anita Goodesign Quarter-Turn Quilt with a twist…a Halloween twist!

Think outside the box: OML Embroidery shows you how to make small changes to any embroidery design and create a new looking embroidery design. Anita Goodesign Quarter Turn Quilt from the All Access February 2019 edition. If you don’t have All Access, then you can get this amazing machine embroidery design here: https://www.anitagoodesign.com/produc…

Here is what you need to get started on this machine embroidery project. This is an embroidery design for beginner embroiderers and advanced embroiderers too.

Anita Goodesign Quarter Turn Quilt embroidery pattern , cutaway stabilizer (no show mesh cutaway stabilizer works best for quilting projects), fabric – you can use a layer cake for this project, depending on the size of the embroidery design you select, embroidery thread, tacky spray, quilt batting, duck-billed applique scissors.

The first step in this machine embroidery project is the foundation of the quilt block. Hoop the cutaway stabilizer and then add your quilt batting. Once it is stitched down, you can get your applique scissors out and trim the batting as close to the line as possible. Now you are ready to get stitching some applique in the hoop! Each applique piece has two parts – the first stitch is the placement stitch and then you add your applique fabric, then the second stitch is going to hold down the fabric. Once that has stitched, then you can use your applique scissors to trim the fabric.

In between some of the applique ITH in the hoop pieces, there will be satin stitches to cover up the applique raw edges. The satin stitches should be in a contrasting embroidery thread color so the satin stitches really stand out. Once you have finished all of the applique pieces and have trimmed them all with your applique scissors, then it’s time to sit back and watch the embroidery magic happen with all of the embroidery detail work: embroidered flowers, decorations and quilting detail work to complete the embroidery project.

Learn to hoop towels the easy way!

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In this video, I am going to show you how to hoop a fluffy bath towel with little or no hoop burn. You can use your embroidery hoop properly for towels! Yes, it can be done! If you do get some hoop burn, I will show you how to get rid of the hoop burn quickly and completely. Hooping a towel: there are a few things to do. If you have a hooping workout, you are not doing it properly and you are causing the hoop burn! Yes, it is true, you are. Hoop burn is caused by the compression and subsequent “dehydration” of the fabric that is compressed and squished between the two parts. When the hoop is too tight and you have to push, you are further compressing the towel fabric. The solution is to make your hoop fit the towel better by making sure that the hoop is loose enough so that it goes into the right place with only a little bit of pressure. Once you take your towel to the embroidery machine and stitch out your design, remove the hoops and fluff up the towel fabric. That’s pretty much it! In this video, I hooped the towel with a 4×4 hoop from my multi-needle embroidery machine as well as the small hoop from my Brother Dream Machine 2 (McDreamy) (both brother embroidery machines, a multi-needle and a single needle embroidery machine) to show you that hooping a towel can be done with any embroidery machine hoops. Using this technique, you will be able to hoop any type of fabric and create any type of embroidery design. You can do applique on a towel, or an in the hoop embroidery design (just skip the last step) so anything goes. Pro TIP: for a large embroidered towel like the one I am using, make sure you have your support table on your brother Multi needle machine. If you are using a Brother Dream Machine 2, make sure that you have the embroidery design and hoop rotated so that the bulk of the towel is not going to get caught up on the embroidery machine arm and doesn’t get too heavy for the embroidery arm to move properly. Plan it out so the towel stitches out smoothly.

MACHINE EMBROIDERY EDUCATION. FOR EVERYONE.

LEARN. STITCH. SMILE.

Happy stitching!

Sue Brown 🙂

Easy Press for Better Applique

I have found a solution….the Cricut Easy Press 2.  Yep, I am loving this little gadget.   It fits nicely on my desk, in the hoop (yes, actually in the hoop) and the pad is just a bit bigger than the press itself.  That really works for me and my workspace!

The easy press is designed primarily for pressing on heat transfer vinyl or HTV for short.  Heat transfer vinyl is fantastic, and can work very well with embroidery.  So why not for applique and fabric?  I thought I would grab one and check it out.  You can get different sizes – I have the smallest one – its only 6×7, so it fits perfectly into my hoops – so one press and you are done.  It doesn’t take up a ton of space and has some handy features that make it easy to use.  

The first part that I like is the stand.  Plunk the easy press down and you are done.  It is flat so you don’t have to worry about anything falling over.  You won’t accidently burn yourself because the hot part is down and completely covered by the stand.   It has an auto off feature, a timer setting as well as a temperature setting.  Lots of safety, little space.  My kind of embroidery accessory. 

This accessory was designed for putting HTV on small items such as onesies or small children’s clothing.  If you have this awesome press, you can add cute designs to your list for customers!!  Onesies are hard to hoop and hard to stitch.  Pressing onsies with a cute design that you cut on your cutter in HTV takes no time at all – and it is just as cute!  You don’t have to worry about hooping, being off center, hooping accidents or watching your machine like a hawk.  Cut, press and peel – that’s it.  

If you are like me, I tend to get a bit lazy when it comes to ironing…so I leave my iron out, in full view, but I still don’t use it nearly enough!  I don’t have enough room for the pad to cover my desk to protect it, and I am really not going to go across the room to get to the ironing board.  I have 3 dogs, and they get playing, and I worry that they will bump the ironing board and the hot iron will fall.  Maybe that’s just me.

Check it out, keep and open mind – I find this tool helpful and it is really nice to have pressed fabric and finished products so easily.  Also, HTV can be sparkly and bright.  Also a bonus. 

Until next time,

Sue,

The Queen of Embroidery Gadgets and Accessories.

Need cutter tools?

I needed some tools for the cutting machines…I have a few, but probably not enough.  Well, honestly, do you ever really have enough?

The problem that I have is that the Cricut tools are very expensive!  Yes, they have a lot of them, there is literally a tool for every job – but here in Canada we can either order them from Cricut.com and face the exchange rate and customs OR we can purchase them from Michaels.  As everyone knows, Michaels is a fantastic store, but it is also an expensive store.  At least I think so 🙂 

I have heard people getting exciting and raving about “Mystery Boxes” from Cricut FILLED with tons of Cricut crafting goodies, so I decided to check it out. 

The price was $29.99 USD with free shipping (I purchased 2 mystery boxes) but I really wondered what I would get.  The website tells you what’s in the box – so not really much of a mystery after the fact, LOL, but I didn’t know if they were damaged goods, or seconds or anything like that.  As soon as I opened the box, I realized that the contents were top quality and an amazing deal.  

I figured that the value would be well over $200 CDN for my Cricut box of goodies.  That’s pretty good for only $29.99 USD.   

Check out what my first mystery box!  Yeah, I am pretty happy with my Cricut haul!!!

CRICUT MYSTERY BOX FILLED WITH TONS OF GOODIES!  SO MUCH FUN!!

I’M BAAAACK!

After taking a week off because of medical issues, I am back and jumping in with both feet!

Today’s video is pretty cool – I am trying to cover as much as I can, for each cutter that I have.  I have the newest Cricut Maker, Silhouette Cameo 3 as well as the Brother Scan N Cut DX225 Innovis edition.  If you have one of those cutters, you will be in luck for getting videos!  Ha!

IN this video, I create an SVG in Hatch – there are more than one way to do this – and I am using Corel to help me create it.  Because why not?  Corel is there, might as well use it!

Once I have my nice SVG – remember that it is a SCALABLE vector graphic, so you will be able to resize it – I take it in to each of the 3 different software and make a cut file!

So easy, and your applique will never look the same!!

Enjoy!

Part 4 of the Dream Machine 2 + Scan n Cut DX225 series – the grand stitching finale!

This was a fun project to work on!  It’s so creative, and the sky’s the limit!!

In the first video, we created an applique design from an existing design on the Dream Machine – we did some outlines and some satin stitches offset so we don’t cover up the beautiful embroidery AND we put it all together in the correct order.  Once we finished this part, we set up the applique to send to the Scan N Cut DX225 cutter!  We added a bit of extra space around the design – which turned out to be too much space, LOL) and cut the fabric.  We used the special thin fabric blade and cut it perfectly!  I also did an experiment with the new GudyStic temporary adhesive that I love so much – and I got decent results – but I will be working with it more to come up with some better ideas.

In Part 4, the video below, we take all of our applique design components – the placement stitch, the tack down stitch and the satin stitch for the applique as well as the original design plus the pre-cut applique pieces and put it all together at McDreamy (my Dream Machine 2).  Watch the video and see what you can accomplish with a little bit of imagination and embroidery technology!!

Learn. Stitch. Smile

Be confident in every stitch!!

Sue

Class Number 8: Appliqué Cupcake

Check out this new appliqué cupcake design!  Join us for this class and learn to create this awesome design.  This is an intermediate/advanced class and we go over quite a few skills i this class.  We first create the bottom appliqué (the cupcake cup) and then the fun top of the cupcake and then we add the details.  Some well placed and sized column stitches, some swirly bean stitches and a few icons, making the proper manual connections as we go along.  We work with density and backward paths too.  In the end, we finish up the design with some satin stitches to complete the appliqué.  With all the proper connections, this design will stitch out amazing and look great.

 

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Class 8: Applique Cupcake

Upcoming class:  cute applique cupcake

CLASS 8 CUPCAKE 2

This is going to be a fun class1  Lets make this awesome appliqué cupcake design!  This is a relatively complicated appliqué design with two appliqué fabrics in one design.  We will go though all the steps of the appliqué for both pieces:  outline stitch, takedown stitch and then the final satin stitch – we will be using the column stitch to make some of the details look better.  After the appliqué fabric has been tacked down, we will add some details to make the whole design more fun – add some more detail work such as pretty hearts and maybe some icing swirls to make the design complete.

Keep learning about appliqué and join us for this awesome class!  Follow this blog, follow us on Facebook and join our Facebook group, Embird Happy Digitizing…don’t miss another class.

Class #6 now uploaded

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We have uploaded the newest class!  and its a good one!

APPLIQUE + APPLIQUE +IN THE HOOP

We listened to everyone saying the they would like more advanced classes, especially in appliqué – so that is exactly what we have for you this week – an advanced appliqué class!  Awesome!

Join us for this class and you will learn quite a few things – two methods of appliqué and how to digitize for each method, we create two appliqués on the same project and tie it all together with some in the hoop work to create this beautiful bookmark just in time for Easter.  In this class, we will create the bookmark from scratch – only using a simple egg template (because I can’t draw an egg, for some reason) and then we build the bookmark from the beginning.  Of course we like to think outside the box, so there are a few suggestions how you can create your own variations on the design.  We use motif stitches, run stitches and we change width and density to make the whole design work.

So check out this awesome Embird Appliqué In the Hoop lesson, and learn how to create an advanced appliqué in the hoop project.

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