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Making Your Own Embroidered
(Originally published in the
Winter 1997 issue of Total Embellishment News.)
You can make your own beautifully
embroidered appliqué using your home machine following these
- Choose a pattern dense enough to
support the design after the backing fabric is trimmed
away. (The more solid the thread embellishment, the
sturdier the appliqué.) Freehand embroidery works
equally as well as programmed motifs.
- Hoop the following, from bottom to
top: one layer of tear-away stabilizer, one layer of
water-soluble stabilizer and one layer of very sheer
fabric, such as nylon tulle or nylon organdy. Note: The
upper layer of fabric needs to melt when heat is applied.
- Adjust the fabric and stabilizer in
the hoop and clamp in place so all layers are very taut.
- Embroider your design, following the
manufactures instructions, but do not remove the design
from the hoop.
- Coat the back of the design with
Aleenes© O.K. To Wash It glue and allow the design
- Remove the fabric from the hoop and
tear away the stabilizers.
- Using very sharp scissors (appliqué
scissors work great!), trim away excess fabric around the
design edges. Do not cut the embroidery!
- Light a smokeless candle and carefully
sear the appliqué edges. The fabric edge should melt
into the appliqué, but not darken or burn. This process
takes only a few seconds, so dont blink! (If you
have a hot knife, place the appliqué on a heat
resistance surface and carefully seal the edges.
Did you know?
That typewriter and computer paper can also
be used as stabilizer and are especially good when applied to the
wrong side of fabric to stabilize appliqués. When one sheet of
stabilizer or paper is not enough, use two.
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