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Dakota Collectibles – Pebbles from the Flintstones – Tote Bags

Today thought I would do a couple of lil girl tote bags with Pebbles from the Flintstones on them. The totes will be Christmas gifts for my nieces in Alaska. They will be presently surprised once they are received. With the tote bag will be a smaller bag for them to put other lil items, however no embroidery. I will attach snaps to the tops of each tote so items don’t fall out of them.

Currently SewforLess has this CD-Rom on sale for 59.99. This is where I received these designs. Mike carries a great selection of embroidery designs as well as other items for machine embroidery. You need to check out the site as he also has giveaways going on during the holiday season, please see my blog about this week’s item that ends on the 10th, by clicking here. NOTE: Copyrighted designs CANNOT be stitched and sold for a profit, you can only stitch these items and give as gifts.

I was very impressed with the designs on this CD and they stitched out great. The tote bags were small in size, so I had to re-size the designs in Embird, but the density of the stitches stayed together. The designs come in two sizes, 3×3 and 4×4. I shrunk the designs small enough to fit the tote bags, which was smaller than 3×3. The coloring of the designs are prefect and I used Metro Embroidery thread. The thread is great and brilliant!

Tomorrow I will go back and stitch out a couple more for gifts. I might even run to my near-by Wal-Mart and get some sweatshirts to do some more designs for the girls and their mom (she wants a moose on her sweatshirt, now to see if I have a design just for her).

Yeah it feels good to be back in the sewing room!

More later…… don’t forget to check out SewforLess for sales that are going on!

Happy Stitching to you all!


SewforLess Continues their Holiday Giveaways

Can you believe it SewforLess has another great giveaway this week. All you need to do is leave a comment and you are automatically entered! Could it be more simplier, don’t think so.

You see Great Notions put together just for SewforLess a design pack of a 100 embroidery goodies. You can easily see a PDF of all the designs included in the pack of goodies by clicking on this area. The PDF provides you with the design name, number, amount of stitches, color changes and finally the height and width. A total of 6 pages of all types of embroidery designs. What more could you ask for!

As always, SewforLess will draw one winner randomly. Look for the official Free Embroidery Stuff Rules on the above site. This particular contest ends on December 10th around 10 am. So post your comment in order to win. There is only one comment per person.

Better watch out Mike is throwing snowballs, so pack your snowball and see if you can hit him. You might get lucky and hit the bullseye and grab this giveaway. GOOD LUCK!

Flower Creations – Dakota Collectables Decor

DSCF3433For the past week I have been working on making daisies and asters from the Dakota Collectable Decor Design set – 970384. The package is called Flower Creations. I’ve always wanted to try my hand at making flowers with the embroidery machine and see how they turn out. I acquired the CD from SewforLess, which by the way is currently on sale for 34.99. 

The CD consists of 26 designs to make four different types of flowers, daisies, asters, pansies and one other flower. Included in the CD are 6 gift tags. Perfect item if you like to personalize your gifts to family and friends. On the CD you get full instructions of how to put the flowers together using wire and floral wrapping tape. Of course additional materials are needed to complete the project. It is very simple and easy for those beginners out there. I don’t consider myself a beginner, but I’ve worked with floral tape in the past and once I got the momentum going I was whizzing through them quickly.

When I decided to make these flowers, I thought I would try a new stabilizer, as my supply is running low. And you say what Donna is going to change her brand, thats not like her. I went ahead and got a sample package of Wunderstitch from SewforLess’ site. The sample package includes 20 sheets of 9 various stabilizers, which include some of the following; medium, heavy soft tearaway, medium cutawy, tear and wash and sew and wash. Would also like to indicate that this package is on sale on the SweforLess site at 26.24, almost half price and it includes free needles. Since I had some sew and wash from another company, figured I would do a comparison between the two stabilizers.

When I started my first daisy on my off brand, noted that one layer of stabilizer was not going to do. Sometimes with the density of the item, you sometimes need 2 or 3 layers. So I trashed the first daisy that screwed up and doubled up on the stabilizer. Did several flowers with the off brand and then the remaining flowers I used the Wunderstitch Sew and Wash, otherwise know as Aqua Lace. I noticed that the off brand was thinner or weight was lighter than the Wunderstitch. When I dissolved the items I even noticed that the Wunderstitch was different in weight, it was heavier, only one sheet necessary. I even accidentally left a set of flowers outside on the table, as I was drying them faster in the heat, forgot to bring them in, rained overnight, still had plenty of body in the flower. 

Starting out the project did lots of flower pieces. Yes that’s right LOTS!!! My daughter saw what I as going to be doing and said, hey Mom can you do pink daisies for Kim, her friend. I said sure what the heck. So I gave her my container of pink threads from Metro Embroidery and said pick. LOL was that a mistake, not really as she picked out three colors. The mistake was me doing 4 of each color! What was I thinking? So pretty much 2 days later I had all my leaves and petals done. It pays to always have a second hoop on items that you are doing a lot of, worth the investment. 

DSCF3422After all the items were sewn, I trimmed the wash away stabilizer from the sewn pieces. I like to trim a lot of the excess because the water doesn’t get sticky/icky quickly. Say that three times fast! I put the pieces into a plastic container of warm water. Watched the stabilizer dissolve and then shook them to get more of the water off. Took them outside on the patio table to dry.

As they were drying, took out the wire and floral tape. Originally was going to buy the wire that had the floral taped on it, but it was going to have to be wrap all together, so nixed that short-cut. In the beginning I cut the wire for the leaves and then wrapped the floral tape on the wire. Big mistake as I realized later, faster and easier to tape the wire and then cut to your size needed for the leaves. But them again, I don’t follow directions unless needed, rolling eyes!

DSCF3432Once all the wire was done and the sewn items were dry, I glued the wire and leaves together using tacky glue. While those items were drying started wiring the petals. Two sets of petals per each wire. Placed a dab of tacky glue between the two petals so they wouldn’t move. Waiting for everything to dry. Now to put together.

Started wrapping the floral tape to the stem of the flower and made sure it was at the base of the flower. Took one of the leaves and bent the wire and wrapped the floral tape around and continued to bring the tape downwards until I knew where I wanted to place my next leaf. Bent wire, wrapped, brought tape down and placed another leaf. When all the leaves were in place continued to wrap the floral tape all the way to the bottom. I dabbed some tacky glue on the underneath side of the petals.

To hide the wire on the daisies I purchased some itsy bitsy pom-poms. Now do you think they would sell a package of just yellow ones. NOOOOOOOOO, what to do as my flowers were pink and the contrasting colors in the petals were yellow. My daughter suggested to dye the pom-poms. Please I am not going to buy a package of dye for 12 itsy bitsy pom-poms!!! So took food coloring dye. They aren’t exactly bright yellow, but they aren’t white either. I was happy with the result. Took a dab of tacky glue and put the pom-pom to the petals. Project done!

DSCF3444I was impressed that I decided to make a bunch of asters, in different bright colors of course. Again I made 4 of each color. When making the asters I thought of my sister Susan’s purple room where her Mad Cow painting hangs. The painting contains purples, blues, yellow, orange and greens. Went through the whole process and the flowers look great. Going to take a bunch of the flowers up to Susan and then she can find a vase to put them in.

When I was completed, my daughter liked them so much she asked if I would do more but in her favorite colors from bands, uhm okay black and red, whatever. Planning on doing some more daisies in white and yellow!

SewforLess.com Giveaway – Fantastic Flora from OESD

853Sewforless.com has stuff overflowing in their “free stuff box”. So they are starting to share the love. The embroidery love.

Check out the rules here, then head over and post your entries. That’s right, entries, there is no limit on how many entries or comments you post. You have until May 20, 2009, around 10 AM, to get your entries in.

Check out OESD Crafter’s Collection #853 – Fantastic Flora. This package of designs can be sewn out on any item you deem and then sold. Look at the elegant swirls, leaves, flowers and paisley designs.

Check out sewforless.com and enter to win this package that regularly sells for $129.99. 

I will be posting more SewforLess.com Giveaways in the future as well as possible sales they are having.

Get chatting….

Stabilizers – Which one to use for your machine embroidery

Whether you are a beginner to machine embroidery or you’ve been embroidering for some time, there are still times when you don’t know which is the best stabilizer  to use. There are many kinds of stabilizers out there made by so many different manufactures. You can get them at your local fabric, sewing, retail stores or off the internet. Which do we buy, sheets or rolls or by the yard. I don’t push people to buy certain brands because everyone has their preferences. I have preferences and all my embroidery friends have theirs. I can say we are all different in our choices.

One of my first projects I did, I was embroidering on a t-shirt. It was a Fruit of the Loom product purchased at the local flea market. I thought I would make some real cute animal designs on the upper left side. I washed my garment to allow for shrinkage. I took out my iron-on tear-away and put it on my garment, allowing the stabilizer to hold the stretchy fabric from shifting. Next I placed a light weight cut-away using a spray adhesive. Did my design. It turned out really nice, the little koala bear. When it was time to wash my little koala bear t-shirt I was wanting to wear it again and again. Much to my disappointment, I really never wore it again. I don’t know what happened, but either the t-shirt didn’t do all its shrinking or I did not use a heavy enough cut away stabilizer. We all learn our lessons and we always hope that it’s not on an item we are making for someone that they requested for a possible sale.

No matter what type of project I am working on, I always use the iron-on tear-away even if the fabric is not a knit or stretchy fabric. I just like the fact that the iron-on keeps the item more stable, especially when you are hooping. I don’t necessarily hoop the stabilizer like it is suggested. On my stretchy items a cut-away is used. Depending on the weight of the garment determines whether a light or heavy weight stabilizer is needed. When I’ve done denim shirts, I’ve only used iron-on tear-away. A transparent fabric or even polo shirt you use a light weight.  Jackets, coats a heavier stabilizer. It is recommended that if your design has a high stitch count, you should also use a stabilizer (maybe that is why my aprons I had problems with).  I seldomly use a spray adhesive because I don’t like the idea of gunking up machine. What I do is place a large piece (bigger than the design) of stabilizer over the iron-on, then scotch tape to hold it in place. 

When doing terry towels or a garment that has a form of pile or thick nap, a water soluble is placed on top. The water soluble keeps the thread from sinking into the nap or pile. Depending on the project or design determines if a stabilizer is needed underneath. For a towel, water soluble is fine, but if it is a fleece shirt, I would put lightweight stabilizer underneath so that the design keeps its shape. If I were to embroider a terry robe, I would use a cut-away. Some water soluble stabilizers you need to keep air tight so that they don’t harden. I use two different types of water soluble products, one is a mesh type that is soft and the other is a plastic type. I keep my plastic type wrapped in a heavy plastic bag. I’ve seen some of the plastic type water soluble products at local fabric and retail stores and where they don’t wrap it, it becomes hard and for the amount of money you pay for it you want it flexible. The mesh type is nice, but you want to make sure that you keep water away from it cause it totally dissolves if you accidently spill on it!

Have you ever stitched a design on a dark garment and on some of the lighter or pale threads, you can see the color of the garment bleeding through. This is where you might consider putting the tear-away on top of the garment. This gives your item a more clean look. You have to make sure that when you remove the stabilizer you get all the tear-away. Sweatshirts that I’ve done, where I put the iron-on on front, because of the thread count, I used a cut-away stabilizer underneath.  

When I first started out embroidering, there weren’t as many stabilizers out as there is today. I don’t recall mesh nor heat-away stabilizers. I know that when the first iron mesh stabilizer came out, I bought some on sale for 10 bucks a roll. I knew that one application I would use the mesh for was for baby clothing that I would iron the mesh over the stitches so that the babies skin would not be irritated from the thread. Of course babies aren’t the only one sensitive to the sratchy threads, people are too. My boss knew about my embroidery and asked if there was a product that could be put over some stitching from shirts he had gotten. He was very pleased with the outcome. The other application I used the mesh for was for huck towels that I did toile work on. I didn’t know what other stabilizer to use. Didn’t like the idea of using a tear-away because I was afraid I would rip the design or towel. As long as I only used a size of mesh the size of the design I had no problem.

I’m still hesitant to the heat-away, because I am afraid it would gunk up my iron. But the concept is great. Just passing the iron across the stabilizer and it melts away. I’ll have to take the plunge and try it. It’ll be great for toile and red work. I know you can even use it as a water soluble too.

Then you have the adhesive stabilizers for those hard to hoop items. I liked the product and used them when I did baby socks. It was a pain, but it worked. But then again the dreadful thought, stickiness gunking up my machine. I don’t know, I just have issues about glues. How many other stabilizers are out there, I don’t know, but I really like learning about them and knowing more on each type and what different applications you can use them for. The more information you have, the better off you are.

I want to indicate that my sewing club had a representative from Floriana give a show of all their products one year. Was I impressed. No. The representative didn’t do a good job in selling the products. Where I ama potential purchaser, I am interested in all aspects of this hobby. I want to be able to ask a question and get an answer that I fully understand. When you don’t understand a reply and keep questioning and they snip back at you, that doesn’t help sell your product. When a crafter, like myself, has all these ideas or possibilities of how to use their product and you are completely ignored because you are too interested and want information and they continue to ignore you, you don’t need their product. The other killer of the show, when a representative brings in examples of stitch-outs using their products, you should update your samples instead of bringing in items that are outdated or on crummy garments. You are selling a product, you want quality merchandise. So did I leave with any products. No.

The best thing that I’ve seen is how organized you can be with your stabilizer. How many of us have sheets or rolls of stabilizer scattered throughout our rooms. Not knowing which stabilizer is for what or where did we place it last. Sewforless announced last year Stabilize It!  You purchase a box of pre-cut stabilizer, there are 16 items to choose from. Each box has an opening like a box of tissue in which you can see how many sheets you have. You grab a sheet of stabilizer easily from the box. The box has the information of which type of stabilizer it is and they are color coded. There are quick tips right on the box with instructions and uses for each stabilizer. Best thing is that they are stackable to keep your room organized. Oh and BTW, their on sale.

So no matter what type of stabilizer you use, you will learn to know what stabilizer to use on your projects.

See more information on stabilizers at Threads.