Friday Freebie For Father’s Day!

It’s almost Father’s Day, and we’re celebrating all the amazing dads out there with a free embroidery design!

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I don’t know about you, but I have a pretty premium quality dad. And this fun label design declares him as such. Make your dad a patch to wear, or embroider it onto a gift to give him on that special day. The design measures 2.08” wide and 1.14” high, with 4,254 stitches and two thread colors. The design is available in embroidery formats: EXP, HUS, JEF, PCS, PEC, PES, SEW and VIP.

Click here to download the Dad’s Premium Embroidery Design.

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How To Use Decorative Designs In Machine Embroidery

Use embroidery motifs to add space to your next project—literally. Designs can span openings, holding them an equal distance apart. Most embroidery motifs serve a purely decorative function stitched atop the fabric’s surface. However, they can also be used functionally to hold fabric edges together—much like fagotting stitches are used in heirloom sewing—with a space between the adjoining finished edges.

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Friday Freebie! Free Machine Embroidery Design

Mother’s Day is almost here! To celebrate all the wonderful mothers out there, we’re giving away a free design.

Teapot 300x244 Friday Freebie! Free Machine Embroidery DesignThe Tea Time Teapot design evokes the warm and cozy feeling of chatting with your mom over a cup of tea. It’s an appliqué design, so you can easily personalize it with a colorful print or a more sedate design choice. It’s especially great stitched on tea towels for a fun themed gift.

The design measures 4.69” wide x 3.55” tall, and consists of 4,215 stitches in three thread colors. The download includes embroidery file types EXP, HUS, JUF, PCS, PEC, PES, SEW and VIP.

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How To Use Stenciling In Machine Embroidery

Stenciling can add a whole new element to your embroidery. To learn tips, tricks and techniques for stenciling, check out part 1. To learn the steps of combining stenciling and embroidery, read on!

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Ink and Paint Stippling

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FREE Easter Egg Embroidery Design

Spring and Easter designs are some of the cutest of the year! Who doesn’t love bunnies and charming eggs and floral designs? We sure do. With Easter right around the corner (Sunday April 21) we’re giving away a free design for you to use however you see fit.

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How To Use Stenciling + Machine Embroidery

Add stenciling to your embroidery for bold effects and added detail. Learn the basics of stenciling below, then discover ways to combine stenciling and embroidery in part 2.

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Getting Started

Stenciling really requires only two tools: a stencil and a coloring media. There are many possibilities for each tool, ensuring a combination that’ll work for any project. Continue reading

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New Issue of Creative Machine Embroidery!

The Spring/Summer issue of Creative Machine Embroidery is finally here! I really love this issue, and I’m so excited that we finally get to share it with you.

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Metal Foiling With Machine Embroidery Part 3

Welcome to our third and final installment on our series about combining embroidery and foiling!

Metal foiling is a technique that once you get the hang of it produces stunning results. Working with metallic threads can be a bit tricky. Today we are concluding our three part series on metal foiling, be sure to read part one and two (links below) for best results when using metal foiling and your embroidery machine.

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  • Foil is applied in the same manner, no matter which method is used to apply the adhesive.
  • Use a medium-hot (wool setting) dry iron to apply the foil and test-press a sample before beginning the project. If the iron is too hot, the foil will melt. Use a non-stick press cloth if needed to prevent damage to fabric.
  • Lay the foil sheet color side up over the adhesive so that the metallic film totally covers the adhesive area. Using the edge and/or tip of the iron, burnish the foil in place. As you press, you should be able to see a light impression of the design on the foil surface. Pay particular attention to the design edges to avoid exposed adhesive when finished.
  • When the foil is completely cooled, gently peel it off. Trying to remove it before the adhesive is completely cooled will result in the foil not completely adhering to the design area.
  • If the foil isn’t completely covering the adhesive, re-foil as needed, using the same or another color. Colors can be layered as long as there is tackiness to the adhesive and the foil can be re-used until no color remains on the sheet.

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  • Most foil manufacturers suggest washing foiled projects wrong side out in cool water on a gentle cycle and air-drying. Hand washing is preferred. Dry cleaning is not recommended for any foiled project.
  • Putting embellished garments in a dryer or using direct heat from an iron will cause the foil to come off. Hang to dry instead.
  • Never iron directly over foil; press items only from the back side with a presscloth.

Tricks of the Trade

  • Use the foil sheets until they are totally devoid of metallic. Small bits of color can be added simply by burnishing in place with the iron tip or a rubbing tool, as long as there is an exposed adhesive surface that’s still tacky. Begin with a sheet that has the least foil on it, and progress to those with more as you blend the colors.
  • To apply foil without heat from an iron, use pressure-sensitive foiling adhesive, burnish the metallic layer in place with a teaspoon, your fingernails or a bone folder. Consistent pressure is all that’s needed for transfer.
  • foil lures 300x300 Metal Foiling With Machine Embroidery Part 3To apply foiling to a T-shirt or other finished garment, layer it over a plastic covered T-shirt board, so that the adhesive doesn’t go through to the back side of the garment.
  • When foil is added to a sheer fabric, the adhesive stickiness can still be felt on the underside. To avoid this, sprinkle the wrong side with talcum powder to coat the adhesive and prevent it from sticking to the skin.
  • Using a silicone mat under the foiling surface will help reflect the iron’s heat.
  • To apply powdered adhesive in a controlled manner, cut off the end of a soda straw at an angle and use it as a scoop to position the granules.
  • Remember, foiling is an accent and it should be tastefully added in combination with embroidery.

We hope you’ve enjoyed learning about foiling and how it can be combined with embroidery. Are you going to try out this new technique?

Find Part 1 here; get ideas and learn how to get started.

Find Part 2 here; discover the different foil adhesive options. 

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Metal Foiling and Machine Embroidery Part 2

Today we’re continuing our series on combining foil with embroidery! For ideas and info on how to get started, check out part 1 here.

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Today we’re talking adhesive! There are two ways to apply foil to a fabric surface—adhesive and fusible web.

Foiling Adhesive

  • foil stamp 300x233 Metal Foiling and Machine Embroidery Part 2Foiling glue can be applied with a stamp, stencil, paintbrush or a narrow-tip applicator allowing for fine lines and outlines.
  • To use the glue, apply it to the fabric right side in the design shape desired and allow it to dry thoroughly. It’s important that the glue is applied smoothly and doesn’t have any air bubbles or missed spots, as those will not adhere to the foil. Pop air bubbles with a pin point.
  • Depending on the adhesive thickness, drying time can be up to 24 hours, so be patient. It’s best not to hurry the drying process; avoid the temptation to grab the hair dryer or put the item in the microwave.
  • Some adhesives change from opaque to clear as they dry, so watch for the color change to ensure dryness. The adhesive can be applied long before the foil is actually adhered to the project, and the process will still work.
  • Most foiling adhesives are flexible; they can be used on knit fabrics without fear of cracking or splitting as the fabric stretches. Read the package before purchasing to double check if you plan to use it on knits.

Powdered Adhesive

  • In addition to using liquid glue, foil can be applied using adhesive granules. This technique allows for more abstract shapes than glue or web applications, but it can also be applied using a stencil for more defined shape. Granules are great for swirls, background sprinkles, and more. For the best control, mask out the unfoiled areas to avoid adhesive overshot.
  • Apply the powder in the desired shape, cover with a non-stick press cloth, and then iron on the cotton setting for 15 seconds. Use a small roller to apply extra pressure and push the adhesive into the fabric surface. Allow the glue to cool; peel off the pressing sheet. The foil is added after the adhesive is applied and ironed into the fabric (and cooled), just as you’d foil with the liquid adhesives.

Fusible Web

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Different types of fusible web have different results.

  • Use this versatile product as an aid in the process and for extra creativity.
  • Trace a design onto the paper side of the fusible web and cut it out with scissors. Peel one paper layer and using a medium-hot iron, press the shape web-side down on the fabric right side. Let cool; peel off the second paper layer exposing the web.
  • For fun shapes, use a  scrapbooking punch on the fusible web, and then peel and press as for the hand-cut shapes.foil butterflies 1024x490 Metal Foiling and Machine Embroidery Part 2
  • Paper-back fusible web also comes in 1⁄4″- and 1⁄2″-wide rolls for even-width foiled lines and borders. Simply press lightly in place, peel the paper covering, and then use the iron to adhere the foil in place.
  • The density and structure of the fusible web will affect how much foil adheres to the fabric surface and also the definition of the shape edges—the nature of the web may not allow for precise, well-defined edges.
  • Experiment with various brands and weights to find one that gives the coverage for the look you like. In some instances, the actual web structure may show through the foil, adding texture, but this may or may not be desirable, depending on the design.

Check back on March 20 for our final installment and learn how to apply foil and care for foiled items while discovering some useful tips and tricks!



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Metal Foiling and Machine Embroidery

Add metal foil to the embroidery mix for extra bling! In this three-part blog series, we’re talking about foil made specifically for fabric—a lightweight clear substrate with a very thin metal coating on one side. With the proper adhesive underneath, the metallic layer is transferred to the fabric for a sheen that won’t quit. Foil adds ambiance to most any embroidery design as a background, motif portion or outline.

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