Counting the days til Christmas

Machine EmbroideryI certainly have enjoyed using machine embroidery to add the personal touches to my Christmas gifts.
Every time I sew an item, whether it is hand made or a blank to be embroidered on, I learn something new.
Stabilizers, needles, thread and positioning are the key factors to having your embroidered projects picture perfect .
When thread breaks in the middle of your design, it is a sign that the needle could be dull or the wrong size for the thickness of fabric and stabilizer it is penetrating. Thread breakage could also be the cause of wrong stabilizer for the density of the design. Perhaps the design itself has not been digitized correctly which happens on occasion with some new designs that have not been properly tested.
The more machine embroidery we do, the more we learn.
With the wide choice of stabilizers on the market, one needs to have a few stocked and ready for the variety of fabrics in their “shop”.
I call it a “shop” because we all have a stash of fabrics much like a fabric shop, so we need to have a variety of supplies to work with. Our own little fabric shop!
Several on line sources will guide you through the right stabilizer and needles for your projects , but understanding how your thread ( polyester, rayon, cotton etc. ) along with the correct needle size and type react together, are lessons to be learned. The right stabilizer is also necessary and depending on the fabric weight, may require one or more layers or even one or more types, such as tear away and wash away.
So for the Month of January I will be holding workshops on Machine Embroidery in my home studio.
I invite you to book a time slot that fits you and then we can really start to play with our embroidery machines.
Just leave a comment or e mail me at jc@creativestyling.com
Jo-Anne

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