Sunday, November 21, 2010

HOW TO: A step by step guide on Raw Edge Applique using your Embroidery Machine ~


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This is a step by step tutorial on how to do Raw Edge Applique.  We love to use decorative stitches instead of the usual satin stitch on a lot of our designs. This tutorial will show you how to pre treat your fabric  and give you, our opinion of, the best way to enhance your raw edge design.

 Step 1:  pre-treat your fabric using a sew-able iron on adhesive.
We like Therm O Web's, "Heat n Bond LITE" 

Place your fabric, pattern side up, onto the rough side of the iron on adhesive.
Using a warm iron, adhere the adhesive to your fabric.

Step 2:  Hoop your stabilizer and item that you are going to applique

Step 3:  Place your hoop in your machine and stitch out the placement stitch of your design.  (some digitizers do not offer a placement stitch so if your design does not have a placement stitch you would skip this step)

Step 4:  Peel the paper backing from the back of your fabric.

Step 5:  Place the treated fabric over the stitch area. Make sure there is at least a 1/2 inch minimum overlap on all sides before stitching.  Then stitch out the decorative stitching. (this example has a triple stitch instead of the usual satin stitch finish)

Step 6:  Using a sharp pair of embroidery scissors, trim around the edge of your applique.

If the design allows, leave a 1/4" edge to enhance the decorative stitching. Leaving this edge also makes your raw edge applique more secure and helps prevent fraying.

If your design has more than one layer repeat the steps again to achieve the same effect.

Don't forget to pre-treat your fabric for every layer of raw edge applique.

Once your entire design is finished you can run a warm iron over the entire design to adhere it to your item if desired.

Most of our Shabby Sweet Collection has a raw edge as do several of our newest applique Christmas phrases.

What a fun way to applique!!  

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Guest Blogger: Robin Ebaugh of Soggy Bottom Baby Duds~


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It's been a minute or two since we had a guest blogger.  It is not because we haven't received hundreds of entries but, rather because life has gotten the best of us lately.  So we apologize for not sharing sooner.

A few weeks ago we received an email from Robin and these absolutely georgous and ingenius projects that she made using a few of our embroidery patterns.  Not only did we like what she had done we loved these projects enough to feature her on our blog!!!

This is the letter we recieved from Robin:

I've made some really cute things using your Simply Scalloped Square banner and I thought you might like to see them. The first one is a Christmas name banner with pockets sewn on IN THE HOOP. I'm calling it Better-Than-a-Stocking Banner, because the recipient can "open" one pocket each day. I also inserted a Santa face (in the center of the O). I like the Santa and will probably continue to use him!

Isn't this an adorable idea?  We absolutely love it!!!

The second item I'm using the Simply Scalloped Square banner for is kiddie hot pads. I'm making play oven mitts and hot pads to go with a friend's play food (we're doing a craft show).  

I'm embroidering the design on the hot pad first, then backing it with another piece of felt and embroidering them together, so the back looks nice and neat.

Robin Ebaugh
Soggy Bottoms Baby Duds


Thank you so much Robin for thinking out of the box and for sharing your amazing talent with all of us~!!  You can keep up with Robin on her blog

You can also buy her fun stitched items in her etsy shop

We love to see what you have been up to.  Keep the entries coming.  Guest blogger entries can be sent to
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