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I recently was given a Monogrammed Throw Blanket to Re-Work. The original Monogram was done with a very wide Satin Stitch. This kind of stitch does not “wear” well as the stitches can be very loose and prone to snagging and pulling. In addition, if you look closely, you can see the loops of the blanket actually beginning to work their way up through the embroidery thread. A Water Soluble Stabilizer (WSS) used as a Topping at the time of the original stitchout held these loops back. With time, and washing, this topping dissolves and is no longer able to hold these loops back. The same thing happens with a Terry Cloth Towel or a napped fabric like the Christmas Stocking featured in previous posts. Even if you don’t wash the item, Water Soluble Stabilizer dries out over time and can become brittle and flake away underneath the embroidery design if there is enough room under the stitches as in the embroidery below.
Fortunately for me, the same thing that makes this stitch style a bad choice for the blanket, makes it a very easy “fix”. I simply slid the tip of my Snip EZ Scissors and Snip, Snip, Snipped my way across, underneath the Bobbin Thread. The Squeeze Action of these Scissors make them a dream to use for cleaning up thread tails on the back of designs as well as this type of project. I especially love these Snips because they are so easy on my hands. My thumbs no longer work well and my fingers are stiffening up. I can use these for extended periods with very little pain in my hands. Even when you have good hands, working regular Scissors for long periods can become quite painful.
First, did you know that there are periodic Firmware Updates for your Happy Embroidery Machine? Check it out here: v. 2.11 Released.
Firmware Updates are revisions to one or more of the onboard programs that operate your HAPPY Embroidery Machine. They may include several major and minor updates or improvements. You don’t have to install these but it is recommended that you keep your machine current with these periodic Updates. You never know what cool new feature you will find on your machine after the update.
Second, did you know that this latest Firmware Update (v. 2.11) allows you to load designs while your machine is busily stitching out a design? Oh yeah!
Here is a video showing how this new feature works:
CAUTION: Successful installation of these updates require that all steps be performed EXACTLY as required to prevent damage to your machine. It is highly recommended that you contact your appropriate technical support staff for help BEFORE proceeding.
Third, did you know that we have a new Facebook Group for customers that purchase their Happy Embroidery Machine from TEXMAC, Inc.? Be sure to join!
Last month I was consumed with embroidering on deep pile Christmas Stockings. As with any textured surface, Terrycloth, Velvet, Fleece, Fur, you name it, the plush “fur” of the Stocking presented some Digitizing and Embroidery challenges.
I wrote about those Challenges and my Solutions here:
A Right Way and a Wrong Way & Embossed Christmas Stocking
I started my New Year with a Sewing Room clean out and came across my stash of Valentine’s Day fabric. Guess what. Christmas is over. It is already past time to be thinking about the next Holiday!
It’s less than 6 weeks away. The stores are probably already half sold out of all their Valentine’s Day merchandise.
It’ll probably all be on Clearance by next week!
As I was admiring one of my favorite pieces of Valentine’s fabric, I realized that embroidering on it presents some real challenges in the Digitizing and the Embroidery itself.
As you can see, this is one “busy” print! And its not just the print, it has sparkle bits on it too. I really have to think about anything I embroider on this fabric because it can just get “eat up” by all those hearts and sparkly dots. The wrong embroidery design can simply disappear into that background.
As I was forming my plan of attack, I realized I had already been there, done that, got the T-shirt! The Challenge and the Solution for this background print is exactly the same as the Challenge and the Solution for those Christmas Stockings!
I made a series of videos as I was testing my options. 12 in all. Yes, 12, relax, they are just 12 short steps in the process instead of one looooong video.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Really? Maybe there’s just a “Better Way“
It seems like no matter what you do, whether it is Cooking, Sewing, Painting, even Cleaning, you can always find a “Better Way” to do it. OK, so it’s a Better Way, you still have the option of continuing to do whatever it happens to be the Same Old Way – the choice is yours – your way isn’t Wrong, there’s just a Better Way and you might or might not use it – up to you.
Totally Up to You!
Sometimes though, there is a “Right Way” and a “Wrong Way”.
Yes, you could keep doing whatever it is the Same Old Way – but why would you?
That’s just, well, WRONG!
The Embossed Christmas Stockings I just finished yesterday are a perfect example of the Right Way, Wrong Way Principle!
Well, I got in a hurry and did the first side the WRONG WAY!
First & Foremost! I forgot to put stabilizer under the Stocking!!! Sometimes you can get away with no Stabilizer but this lined Stocking with a plush nap is not one of those times. I used a quality Cutaway Stabilizer on the Right Side – literally, the Right Side, get it? 🙂
Second & maybe Foremoster! I went back to the computer and ran the design player in my digitizing software to watch the stitchout on the screen. I immediately realized that there was no outline stitch around the perimeter of the design. It simply begins stitching the knock down stitches and works it’s way up the design – pushing the Stocking Fabric ahead of itself as it progresses through the stitchout. When the second color change, the Satin Stitch border stitches, the fabric and the nap have shifted and the outlines or Registration of the design elements/colors no longer line up properly.
I edited my design and added a Running Stitch around the entire perimeter of the 1st Color, the Knock Down Stitch. This stitch attaches or locks the Stocking Fabric to the Cutaway Stabilizer underneath and holds it in place when the Knock Down stitches begin to form. Now the fabric and the nap are locked in place and don’t get shifted up or down, left or right. Then, when the 2nd Color stitches, the Satin Stitch Border, the first element, the Knock Down Stitches and the fabric are still where they belong and the two elements/colors line up properly – no tacky stitches showing through where they don’t belong.
Problem solved – the Right Way!
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