Blanket Appeal Part 2 – Replacing

Time for Part 2 of Blanket Appeal

In Part 1, I removed an old Monogram from a very loose weave, loopy Blanket so that I could replace it with a new Monogram. Time to show you the Replacement Monogram!

Before & After:

I know the blues are different but trust me, the blankets are the same. The pictures were taken in different rooms with different cameras.

Digitizing:

I used the same technique on this Blanket that I used in the Posts on Christmas Stockings and “Busy” Fabric. I created the Monogram first and then created an Outline of the Monogram that followed the shape of the Monogram. I made two copies of this Outline and Filled each with a large gap between the lines of stitching. I reversed the Angles of the two Outlines so that the stitches formed a CrossHatch pattern. I placed the Monogram on top of these two Outlines so that it would stitch last. I did not put a Satin Border around these two Outlines because I did not want to call attention to them on the finished Blanket. I wanted the Monogram to be the “Star of the Show” and the CrossHatch stitches to recede into the background and just do their job – hold down those blanket loops so my Monogram would not sink down into them or be “eaten” by them over time and washing.

 

Hooping:

I used Black Tearaway instead of White under the Blanket so any edges or fibers left behind after tearing would blend in better with the Blue Blanket. I used a Black Bobbin Thread so that it also would blend in visually with the Dark Blue of the Blanket when viewed from the back. I used a Magnetic Mighty Hoop so that the thickness of the Blanket was not an issue! Mighty Hoops work beautifully with Towels, Carhartt Jackets, Purses, Bags, Quilts, etc.

I used a light weight Water Soluble Topping (WST or WSS) to help hold back the loops during the embroidery process. I Hoop this topping along with the Backing and Blanket so that it is tight against the top of the blanket rather than just Floating or laying it on top. When finished, this topping tears easily away from the edge of the CrossHatch Fill Stitches.

Results:

The CrossHatch Fill Stitches do their job, they hold back the loops and almost disappear into the background of the blanket, allowing the Monogram to really be the Star of the Show.

I used this same technique on a brown Towel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How do you eat an Elephant?

Are you focusing on the Elephant –  the Cost of the Embroidery Equipment?

Maybe you should shift your perspective. Focus on the “Bites” – the Monthly Payments.

See for yourself just how much it would take to put that Happy Embroidery Machine in your workroom.

Check out Red Thread’s Online Payment Calculator. Don’t forget, you don’t have to finance the entire cost of the machine. My best advice? Give Red Thread a call and let them help you explore your options – 877.237.7287. www.RedThreadFinancial.com

You can even Apply Online – Apply Now

 

If you want to talk about it – give me a call. I take calls evenings and weekends, 7 days a week.

I will work with your schedule.

 

Blanket Appeal Part 1 – Undoing

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.

     

 

Did you know that Happy Embroidery Machines Go To School!

Happy Embroidery Machines are perfect for a variety of School Programs and needs. 

  • Vocational

  • Fashion & Clothing Design

  • Life Skills

  • Booster Programs

Socastee High School has proven it with their Learners at Work Program

Contact me today to see how TEXMAC’s Happy Embroidery Machines can meet your School’s needs.

 

 

Stains on your project! Ever happened to you?

Has this ever happened to you? Everything is going along beautifully and out of nowhere – an oil stain on your Embroidery Project!

How do these things happen? And always at the worst possible time! On the worst possible item – one you can’t replace!!!

Well it happened to me on a White Apron I was working on. Happily, I remembered that I had bought something months before that was supposed to remove this kind of stain. I had been shopping in our TexmacDirect.com store here at TEXMAC’S Corporate Offices where I am located. I love shopping in there by the way. Anyway, I was browsing around one day and saw a can of stuff that said it would remove stains and thought,

“Why not, couldn’t hurt to have some on hand, just in case.” 

Now, here I was, the unthinkable, my last white Apron on the shelf and my last Christmas Gift, with a great big Blop of Oil! Just before I panicked and headed for the store to look for another apron I remembered that can of stain remover I had bought so long ago. Now I just had to find that can!

1. I read and followed the directions on the can.

2. I waited for the Powder to dry

3. I just brushed away the Powder and the Oil Stain was completely gone. Gone I tell you!

Look! Not even a hint of stain. It was so easy and quick and did exactly what I needed it to do. PSR Powdered Dry Cleaning Fluid

There will always be a can of PSR on my shelf, just in case . . .  🙂

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A picture is worth a Thousand Words!

I am a picture kind of person.

I take pictures with my cell phone of just about anything I want to remember – everything from your face to the fabric bolt I just bought so I can buy more of the exact fabric if I need it. I can also look back at the photo for content and care instructions.

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This approach works really well for me when it comes to my Embroidery Designs. When stitching out a complicated, high color change design that I know I will be stitching again, it is nice to know that my Happy will know exactly which needles to use 6 months from now. Problem? Well the odds that I will have the same color spools on those needles six months from now are slim to none!

What to do? Take a picture!

Just lay the stitchout next to the spools and snap a quick picture. This shows me exactly which threads I used and what their locations were when I stitched out that design. I can also write a note with the date, design name and project/recipient next to the design and add that information to the picture as well.

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It is also helpful to lay the cones down and snap a picture of the bottom so I can see the exact color numbers used.

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In a shop environment, this can be a helpful approach to add to the files or folder for a customer job so that no matter who runs the job in the future, they can get it right!

Don’t forget the recipe either – you know, the stabilizer you used, the needle type (Ball Point, Sharp) and the needle size. Include anything in the notes that will insure that future runs for that customer will be as successful as the first.

Come On, Get Happy in Tinley Park, Illinois!

David Hufnagel and I will be at the DAX Show in Tinley Park, IL this month. As always, we will be demonstrating our fabulous Happy Embroidery Machines at the show. I will also be demonstrating the Patch technique I featured in my last post and showed at the Everything Applique Conference last week in Atlanta, Georgia.

If you already own a Happy Embroidery Machine we would love to see you in Owner Class following the Show – be sure to register in advance  – there is a link below for Show Registration and Owner Class Registration.

Show Dates: Friday & Saturday – April 21-22          Show Registration: www.DAXShow.com
Class Date: Sunday – April 23      Owner Class Registration: https://happyemb.com/…/registration_training_chicagoland_20…

Ya’ll come see us!

Embroidered Patches with my Happy Embroidery Machine

No matter what state I’m in lately, everybody wants to know how to do Patches with their embroidery machine. It was all the talk at the DAX Show in Kansas City and then 2 weeks later – ISS Show in Atlantic City – same thing – “How do I make Patches?”

Patches are actually one of the easiest things to create when you have the right machine! My Multi Needle Happy Embroidery Machine just moves from color to color, patch to patch, all by itself! Can you imagine if I had to re-hoop for every patch? I don’t even want to think about having to thread and unthread for every color change!

I simply hoop Ultra Solvy Disolvable Backing and embroider my patches. A Patch is just an Applique after all, the Satin Stitch not only finishes the Applique, it “finishes” the Patch as well. All the Patches just break free from the Ultra Solvy when I’m finished.

I don’t have to cut them or burn them free with a heat tool either! All the products I use for this process are available at www.TexmacDirect.com. I will be demonstrating this technique at the Everything Applique Conference in Atlanta next week – April 6-8. Come see us! Conference details and registration here: www.EverythingApplique.com

Can’t make it to Atlanta – I will be at the DAX Show in Tinley Park, IL, April 21-22 – same demonstration. DAX Show details and registration here: www.DAXShow.com

Check out our Happy Embroidery Machines at www.HappyEmb.com 

Step 1: Hoop Ultra Solvy and embroider the Placement Stitch for the Patches

Step 2: Spray Pre-Cut Tackle Twill with Temporary Spray Adhesive – light spritz is all you need to keep the fabric from shifting – place inside the Placement Stitch and press lightly to adhere.

Step 3: Optional – for extra Bling – Lay a sheet of Opalescent Mylar over the Tackle Twill

Step 4: Optional – If you are using Mylar – Stitch an open weave, widely spaced Knock-down Stitch over the Mylar and Tackle Twill. This secures the Mylar but allows it to shine through and add sparkle to the Tackle Twill in the background. The Mylar appears pink here but it takes on the color of the fabric underneath or the thread being used.

Step 5: Stitch the Satin Stitch Border that finishes the edges of the Patches. In my example Patches shown at the top, I added a Long Running Stitch on top of the Satin Stitch in the center. This is a decorative element but also helps secure the Satin Stitch and makes it less likely to snag. You can use a contrasting color as I did for an additional design element or use the same color as the Satin Stitch and it will disappear and simply secure the edges.

Note: For the best results with Embroidered Patches when using a Background Fabric in place of Fill Stitches, be sure to use a sturdy structured fabric like the Tacke Twill. The Satin Stitches on the finished edge must be fully supported by the background fabric in order to maintain their shape after the Ultra Solvy is rinsed away. I used www.TEXMACDirect.com Tackle Twill for the white background on the Patches shown here. Tackle Twill comes in a variety of colors and is used to make embroidered badges, patches, labels, etc. It is tightly woven, poly-cotton backed with a non-woven material for additional stability. Be sure to cut the Twill so that it goes right to the edge of the Satin Stitch as you can see in the picture below. The needle should fall just barely outside the edge of the Twill on the outside stroke of the Satin Stitch.

Step 6:  Stitch the center elements of the Patch – logo, text, decorative designs . . . I like to stitch these after the Satin Edges so that the edges are secured and the stitching in the center doesn’t pull the edges out of place and cause the edges not to align properly.

Step 7: Break the edges of the Patches free from the Ultra Solvy and apply the Patch to the garment by sewing or apply Thermo Fix to the back of the Patch to be ironed to the garment. These could also be Snap Tabs or Coasters. How about Christmas Ornaments or Door Hangers? The Sky’s the Limit here People!

With my Border Frame on my Happy HCD2, 15 Needle Machine, I can produce 20 Patches at a time. Looking for a great Embroidery Machine – visit us at www.HappyEmb.com 

 

The products used are available for purchase at www.TexmacDirect.com

Embossed Christmas Stocking

It’s Christmas Time!

Last year it was all about Aprons at my house:

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This year? Christmas Stockings!

My BFF Andrea got an Apron last year that had my Cinnamon Roll Recipe embroidered upside down on the bottom. That way, when she made the rolls and needed the recipe, all she had to do was lift up the bottom of her apron and read it!

This year, I am embroidering some of the Hidden Zipper Christmas Stockings for her and her family.

Have you ever embroidered something with a plush nap like the Stockings or Velvet, maybe Terrycloth or Fleece and then had the nap come up and start eating your design? Especially if there were thin or small areas in the design. Maybe you just had to use a particular font but the nap of the fabric was just too deep!

See how the nap is starting to cover up the edges of the letters and the small details on the Snowman below? And this just came off the machine. Imagine how it will look next year when she pulls it out to use again!

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Good thing I had a spare Stocking! I went back to the computer and added a Knock Down Stitch or Emboss Technique underneath the entire design. This open weave Fill Stitch stitches first and permanently holds back the nap of the Christmas Stocking. With this foundation in place, I can embroider even the smallest details on the plushest of Stocking, Velvet, Towel, Blanket, you name it!

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Look what a difference it made!

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And that’s not all! That Knock Down Stitch is what is used with the Mylar designs featured in this post: https://multineedleemb.com/2016/04/04/my-oh-mylar/

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But wait, there’s more!

You can use this technique to create negative space as shown on the Stocking below! The nap standing up where the stitches “aren’t” spells out the words Ho! Ho! Ho!

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And more! Add Mylar to the Negative Space Technique

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Here’s a series of videos stitching out the Ho! Ho! Ho! Stocking.

 

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah

Happy Holidays!