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Archive for September, 2010
I love wonderful designs that are used to quilt projects but don’t feel skilled enough to create these patterns perfectly by free hand. In many instances I prefer to do the quilting of my projects with my embroidery machine. This process is really quite simple.
- Wind a bobbin with the same thread that will be used in the needle.
- Layer your quilt top, batting, & backing—I will use a light mist of KK2000 Adhesive Spray to hold the layers together.
- Mark the center of the area that you want the quilt design to go with a fabric marker.
- Place the quilt in your hoop, making sure that the desired center is lined up with the hoop center.
- If you are using a quilt design that is just lines, there is no need to add stabilizer since you have 3 layers of fabric & batting.
Tip—I really like using Battilizer for my embroidered quilt projects. No matter how many stitches are in a design, I find it works very well.
The results from using your embroidery machine for quilting produce such nice results.
Recently I was able to apply this technique on the new Brother PR1000 ten needle embroidery machine.
This machine has the ability to sew designs in it’s new jumbo (14” x 14”) hoop.
- How this hoop works is that a design is created for the large hoop in the software and then sent to the machine.
- The design is automatically split into 2 halves so the machine can sew it out.
- The first half of the design is stitched, then the machine will ask if you want the other half to be next.
- When answered with OK, the machine will ask for a positioning sticker to be placed on the fabric and it will use it’s camera to scan the fabric and locate the sticker.
- Once finished scanning, you will be prompted to rotate the hoop and then the machine will scan once again, find the sticker and automatically align the second half perfectly with the first.
I cannot think of a more difficult type of design to realign than one that is just straight stitches. It was very impressive to see how well the quilt pattern that I used seamlessly matched up. You really have to look for where the design is split. What a great way to quilt a generous sized block! It was quite fun and easy. No matter what size hoop your machine uses, I encourage you to try quilting with your embroidery machine!
There is a new member to the Pfaff Sewing Machine family. Just unveiled at Pfaff convention, this machine boasts many desirable features that will benefit the quilter, home decorator, and garment creator alike. One of the features that I find most appealing is the 9” of well lit working space for large amounts of fabric. This helps make sewing draperies or bulky quilts much easier. The appearance of the machine is clean and you can tell by looking at it that it is ready to get working for you. It has a superior metal bobbin system and is ready to take on your next project.
For machine performance, top on the list are:
- Ability to create decorative and utility stitches as wide as 9mm
- Sewing speed up to 1100 stitches per minute—and the speed is adjustable
- Dual feed— feeds top and bottom fabrics at same time for perfect seaming on all fabrics
- Thread snips
- Needle threader
- Needle down
- Mirror image of stitches
- Needle and bobbin thread sensors—lets you know when you are out of thread
- Automatic tie off
- Auto start/stop button—for sewing without the foot petal
- Automatic button holes—no more measuring!
- Electronic thread tensions—no pesky dials
- Twin needle feature
- Dedicated bobbin winding motor
- Large spool stands for using cones of threads
- Knee lift for hands free raising of the presser foot
- Extra high presser foot lift to accommodate thick fabrics and battings
- Feed dog drop that is easy to access for free motion sewing
If you are looking for a machine that offers a multitude of benefits while remaining simple to use, stop in to any Quality Sewing location and give the Smarter C1100 Pro a try.
I have always loved to sew, and always dreamed of making my daughters wedding dresses…the more ornate the better! When my first two daughters got married, one wanted just a little embroidery and beading, and the second wanted her dress very plain and simple. I made what they wanted, but still wanted to make a challenging dress!
The Best just got Better! Owners of the Brother Quattro and the Baby Lock Ellisimo now have an opportunity to add
even more innovative features to their incredible machine. Now with the Brother Quattro Upgrade or the Baby Lock Ellissimo Upgrade, you can have these amazing new tools to make your embroidery even easier:
Resize – The upgraded Quattro and Elissimo can resize a design while keeping the density the same as the original design. It can reduce by 50% and increase by 200%. The recalculation is done very quickly and very accurately. This huge time saver
means no more running to the computer for a size adjustment. It can even adjust the density on a design that is too dense or too sparse by using the density
Scan – The upgraded Quattro or Elissimo can scan the garment or fabric in the hoop anddisplay the image on its full color Sharp HD-LCD screen. This makes it a simple task to get the design in the exact location desired. Simply touch the design on
the screen and move it to any location. A design can be precisely placed above a pocket or between buttonholes while both the garment and the design are viewed on screen. Designs can still be edited by rotating or flipping to get things perfect.
Bobbin work – A special bobbin case set especially for bobbin work provides new exciting stitching options for sewing and embroidery too! Beautiful embroidery designs created especially for bobbin work are included in the package.
There are really just too many new things to list in this short blog. Stop by one of the Quality Sewing locations and take a close look at this exciting upgrade.
Have you ever found yourself “eating crow”? I have and I sure don’t like to acknowledge it, let alone admit it out loud very often. Recently, I found myself in such a humiliating situation but have only mentioned it to a few. Well, they say that confession is good for the soul …
There is one thing that I know that I do well, not the best by any means, but well, and that is sewing and machine embroidery (Notice that I added MACHINE before the word EMBROIDERY ). Rarely will I allow myself to even entertain the thought of being intimidated by a project, technique, or a machine. After all, a machine is nothing more than a white box with buttons on it, right?
Well that’s what I thought until I received my first serger. In 1986, as a gift from my father, I was very fortunate to receive one of the first top of the line five thread sergers available for the home market. “What a great piece of technology!,” I raved. Even though it was a beautiful machine, and greatly appreciated, that beast caused me more grief and tears than I care to recount. The use of my first serger brought me about as much joy as buying a door stop — need I say more? I know that many of you have had that same experience.
Once that machine was traded in for a newer model, a weight lifted from my shoulders and I vowed to never be beaten by a machine again. So I succeeded! I reveled! I won! No longer did I ever see the need to fret over threading. As time passed, no longer did I even succumb to serger frustration. After all, using a serger is all really simple once you get used to it. It seemed so easy to me … or so I thought.
I have mentioned many times that when I was first introduced to the Baby Lock Sergers last year, I was very impressed with the functionality, technology, and patents that make the Baby Lock Sergers so great plus the Air Jet threading is pretty cool, too. After using the Baby Lock Evolution for a bit, I realized how easy it truly is to switch from one task and stitch style to another. Gone are the days of threading in a certain order and all those other laborious rules, but now here comes my “eating crow” moment.
One day I was working on a project that would require one of the specialty feet that came with the machine. I found myself hesitating, “Did I really need to drag that foot out? What about changing the needle position and threading? Wouldn’t it just be easier to do it on my machine?” Then it hit me.
I actually had been intimidated by the serger that I thought that I had mastered. Although it was subconscious, my own mind had been holding me back. I was reacting as if switching the foot and threading was going to take me a long time and be a hassle. Well, no more! Once I realized that my own mind was transferring my old serger angst to this wonderful new machine, which had never done anything to deserve that type of stigma, I was able to let go of those old notions and change my attitude. Then I proceeded to successfully attach the foot and made all the adjustments necessary to get on with my project.
Separate what was your experience from what your experiences will become. Your old serger, the one that is the cause of your frustration, is not at all like the technology that is offered to you today. Put the old view out of your mind and be open to a whole new wonderful experience. If you have a serger that scares you or never sees the light of day, you owe it to yourself to sit down and check out how truly different a new Baby Lock Serger with ExtraordinAir Threading System™ is — it’s not just talk.
I was lacking some inspiration recently so I decided to head to the web to find other sewers who could help me stitch together a creative pattern. I’ve subscribed to a few podcasts over the years and I thought I’d search the iTunes store for any sewing podcasts. Turns out there are a few out there in addition to some high quality crafting versions as well, but I stuck with the sewing and quilting podcasts for the purposes of this blog. If you find any other helpful podcasts out there please leave in the comments below. We all could use a thread of inspiration from time to time. Or, if you have a favorite particular episode please leave a link to it in the comments — we’re always on the lookout for the best sewing, embroidery, and quilting demos online.
Let me know what you think! Happy creating!