Fall 2019 Machine Embroidery Trends: Playful Plaid

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The latest trend is dressing head to toe in one color hue. That trend has trickled over into prints — and plaid is where it’s at! Take the monochromatic trend to the next level with this look and elevate it even more with some fiery embroidery.

Choose a Sewing Pattern

Blazer Sewing Patterns Fall 2019 Machine Embroidery Trends: Playful Plaid

Jacket Sewing Patterns

  1. Jasika Blazer by Closet Case Patterns
  2. Plus-sized Blazer by BurdaStyle (#127 08/2018)
  3. Aava Tailored Blazer by Named Clothing

Blouse Sewing Patterns Fall 2019 Machine Embroidery Trends: Playful Plaid

Blouse Sewing Patterns

  1. Western Blouse by BurdaStyle (#119 02/2010)
  2. Archer Button Up Shirt by Grainline Studio
  3. Plus-sized Button Up Blouse by BurdaStyle (#129 11/2015)

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Fabric Swatches

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Find complementary plaid fabrics in various weights, and grab a different plaid for each piece of the mix-and-match plaid look! You’ll also want to pick up an extra yard of each for matching the plaid stripes.

Final Touches

While you’re at the fabric store, pick out some embroidery thread colors that will stand out on your plaid fabric and choose a fiery dragon to embroider on the chest of your blouse pattern.

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Chinese Dragon 4, Embroidery Library

Dragon Machine Embroidery Design Fall 2019 Machine Embroidery Trends: Playful Plaid

Steampunk Carousel Dragon, Urban Threads

It might seem overwhelming to try embroidering on plaid, but there’s nothing to be afraid of! Don’t let this machine embroidery trend pass you by.

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Photo Credit: Christian Vieri/Getty Images Europe

Meg Healy,
BurdaStyle

Header Image: Plaid and Style Inspiration from Getty. Dragon Embroidery Pattern from Urban Threads.

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How To Machine Embroider on Cork

Cork is eco-friendly, renewable and very trendy. It’s also a great surface to embroider on. While it acts like leather, vinyl and other non-fibrous materials in many ways (don’t pin it!), its fabric backing allows it to take embroidery better than many similar fabrics. Here are some things to keep in mind when embroidering cork.

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ITH What a Hoot Owl Necklace Design, stitched on cork

  • While cork isn’t damaged as severely as some materials by dense stitching, it will eventually perforate. Consider density when choosing a design, avoiding designs with extremely dense and layered stitching.
  • When marking on cork, consider what will both show up and remove effectively. Test markings on scraps before using a method on the final project. We’ve found that a powdered chalk roller is very effective, as it deposits well without a lot of pressure and wipes away quickly and easily.
  • Cork can’t be hooped, so use a self-adhesive stabilizer or adhere the fabric using a temporary spray adhesive. Tear-away and cut-away stabilizers are preferable, as soaking cork to remove water-soluble stabilizer can damage the material. Never baste or pin in the hoop, as holes are permanent.
  • Use a large, sharp needle with a large eye. Topstitching and denim needles are ideal for embroidering cork.
  • If available, lower the machine’s foot to sit just above the cork while embroidering. Like with leather, the cork may close in around the needle when it’s down, causing the needle to pull the material up on its upstroke. Keeping the foot low minimizes this effect.
  • Slow the machine speed if available; however, a speed slightly higher than the slowest available might work better, as it creates more momentum behind the needle. Try different speeds during test stitching to see what works best.
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ITH Creepy Crawly design, stitched on cork

When embroidering on any new material, be sure to test stitch to find the best combination of design, needle, stabilizer, thread and machine settings for your project.

Tip: Download the What a Hoot Owl design pictured above free from cmemag.com/freebies until October 31, 2018. Find the Creepy Crawly design at shopsewitall.com.

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Don’t miss out! Find more great projects and ideas in our newest issue, available on newsstands and at shopsewitall.com!

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Get Ready for Fun Fall Designs with Creative Machine Embroidery!

The Fall 2019 issue of Creative Machine Embroidery is hitting newsstands on August 13! We’re so excited to share this one with you. Just a reminder that going forward, Creative Machine Embroidery will release four issues a year ¬— Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. This year was a little funny because we were transitioning; we had a Jan/Feb issue and a Spring/Summer issue. But we’ll finish out 2019 with the Fall and Winter issues, and it will be smooth sailing (embroidering?) from here.

I especially love the Fall issue because Halloween is my favorite holiday. We’ve got a great collection of Halloween and autumn projects to recreate this year.

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There was never any doubt what was going on the cover of this issue ¬— as soon as we saw the Double, Double, Toil and Trouble freestanding lace cauldron by Ramona Baird, we knew this was The One. I’ll admit it’s a pretty time-intensive project because there’s a lot of drying time, but honestly the construction itself isn’t that hard. I really think you should give it a try, if for no other reason than because every Halloween loving embroiderer NEEDS a bubbling, light up cauldron as part as their holiday décor. Especially because the designs are free to download through the end of the October! (Also, I’m a theater nerd so of course the name is a reference to a famous line from the Scottish Play).

The In-the-Hoop project for this issue is a cute chenille clip that can be added to a garment or your hair. I love making chenille ¬— there’s something so satisfying about cutting the layers between stitching lines and fluffing them up to make something textural. And I really love doing it when it’s an embroidery design, because I know those stitching lines will be perfect! If you’ve never made a chenille project before, this is a great way to try it out. Download the Pumpkin Cutie Clip for free at cmemag.com/freebies until Oct. 31, 2019.

We loved our Beach Life FSL Charm Collection from last year so much that we just couldn’t resist making another set of charms for our favorite holidays. We used the Creepy Cute Charms to make some party décor for our photoshoot (and got to eat the cupcakes after!), but they’re good for so many things! I’m personally planning out some fun dangly earrings to break out in October. And if you’re a fan of a certain stop motion Tim Burton film that’s Halloween/Christmas themed, I bet you could find some cute uses for these that will be good all the way through the end of the year. The Spider Web design is a freebie; find the whole collection at interweave.com/sewing.

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We also have a bunch of projects for those autumn days that aren’t Halloween. I’m especially blown away by the Bohemian Bibs, a beautiful pair of linen blend overalls with a gorgeous folk pattern. Katrina Walker teaches you everything you need to know to recreate this stunning look, including placement tips, material choices and how to choose your thread colors for the greatest impact.

Fall is often all about layers, and we have a really lovely overlayer to offer you. A kimono is easy to make and easy to embroider, especially if it’s made in a nice crisp cotton. Ours is very reminiscent of the traditional Japanese yukata, the lightweight cotton kimono usually dyed with indigo to make patterns of blue and white. Best of all, it’s simple to create by drafting basic lines on your fabric. I love self-drafted patterns, don’t you?

There’s a lot more to find in this issue, including an informative article on how to start your own home embroidery business, tips on test stitching and what to do with the resulting test embroideries, how to incorporate free-standing lace into quilts. Find the issue on newsstands through October 14, 2019 or at interweave.com/sewing.

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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.

This freebie has expired. Find the Dad’s Labels Embroidery Collection at interweave.com/sewing.

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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.

This freebie has expired. Find the design and the rest of the Tea Time Collection at interweave.com/sewing.

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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

Stencil diminutive baskets onto fabric, then fill them with embroidered blooms as shown above. Continue reading

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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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