24 June 2011

Deco floral stitch-out

I finally sat down and played with the embroidery machine this morning, then I spent time trying to get a clear pic of it.  My teenage son ribbed me about fuzzy pics, but here is a mostly clear one:
Decorative floral emb test stitch-out
Believe it or not, this is only my second multi-color design ... and I have a few tips that should probably go into the Sgt. Obvious file.  The most important being that in between colors, it's a good idea to clip the bottom threads from jumps as well as the top threads.  Otherwise, it can get tangled and try to go under/into the throat plate ...

Maybe not a Sgt Obvious observation, but along with tweezers, the blunt side of a seamripper is great for getting tearaway stabilizer out of the inside parts of the design.

The little sets of dots are supposed to be different colors, but as these were the last three and I was tired of changing the thread ... I made them all that pretty pale blue.

While stitching, it occurred to me that the rayon embroidery thread (that I bought for the silk charmeuse tunic) would probably work better on this rayon challis than the polyester thread that I used on the stitch-out test.  The Sulky thread isn't on sale at Hancock until next weekend, so it doesn't look like I will get this tunic done in time to take up to Indiana on Monday.  I think I'd rather be "late" with it and make it as awesome as I can.

5 comments:

Maggie said...

Looks great! I love that design.

glorm said...

Oh, really like this design.

Sgt. Obvious file? I have never read or heard to cut the under threads. Maybe you're onto something.

dfr2010 said...

Gloria, I've never read that either, but when the thread bunched up where a jump thread crossed under ... I did a forehead slap and figured that like pressing topstitching to smooth out the stitches, this must be one of those things others instinctively knew. This design is a satin-stitch, and the jump thread crossed over a satin stitch, which the machine was trying to put the corner of the pink petal on top of.

Jilly Be said...

Thanks dfr! Interesting - my last post shows up on your blogroll, but it's the first one site I've checked where it DOES show up! Why some & not others???? curious.....

Lovely embroidery, btw!

Jilly Be said...

hmpf.....nevermind......all of a sudden my TEST post is showing up everywhere! What about the friggedy fraggedy REAL post? lol :::shakes head::::