Monday

"My Embroidery Machine....

I'm sure at one time or another you all have stood in the sewing shop and watched those little machines humming away, making the cutest designs. This is a photo of my machine and I must admit "I don't use it much"... I'm a 'hand needle work" kinda person. But my sister does a lot of work on her machine  and has created so many items.. she makes usabl little items rather than just designs on fabric.. My sister bought me this machine to get me to learn how to use it... I did, but I still enjoy hand stitching more.  
Notice the machine has the "Disney" logo.. it creates all the characters you see in Disney. It can also upload all the designs the embroidery sites offer.


If you will notice the 'roll' in the photo... This is called "Sulky" it is used in place of fabric. It's like a heavy duty plastic wrap but is made of 'starch'. You do the embroidery on this then after the item is finished you simply wet it and the 'sulky' dissolves, leaving the finished product in tact... 
Really an ingenious idea!


I'm new to machine embroidery,  as I have always done hand stitching over the years. My sister loves this machine and is involved in offering her services for weddings  and other events that need favors for the guests....
Here is one of her creations. She gets the patterns off the net and downloads them into her computer then transfers the pattern into her machine. The machine then takes over and makes the design on what is called "Sulky", this medium is used in place of fabric. She then walks away and lets the machine do it's thing.  The one below was made in 9 parts then sewn together... then rinsed under running water and the 'starch' is washed away leaving only the design.  
Rather clever! 

This is called "Free Standing Lace"

Although I love the designs this machine makes you must have different sizes to create larger patterns. My machine makes only 4 inch designs while my sisters machine is designed to make 6 inch. She is on a quest to get a much larger machine, for larger projects.
Here are a few photos of the quilt  made for our Niece JoJo.



It seems the machine runs from anywhere to 5 minutes to 20 minutes, humming away creating each square of design. My only problem with this small machine is you must change the color thread each time one part of the design is finished. I'm one always looking for speed and shortcuts.
The finished product is amazing.  

The fabric used is a soft flannel of different pastel colors.






I have three grown children that have produced three grandsons. Although I love them dearly, you would think one of them would give me a graddaughter so I can make cutsie little designs on her clothing...The boys are into 'manly things' and grandma has no chance here.
Hey kids, "anyone listening"?
Imagine the possibilities.

Big smile here!




10 comments:

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

Embroidery machines are the bomb! I have two!!! (I know...spoiled!) It's so awesome to walk away and have this machine stitch out something so beautiful. I hope you enjoy yours :D

Granny J said...

I've been tempted to buy an embroidery machine but know I wouldn't use it enough to justify the purchase. Your sister does beautiful work. I especially love the red piece.

Always Nesting said...

LOL, you can borrow my granddaughter any time when you are in the mood to make cute, girly creations. Hannah is 2 1/2 and is now wanting to pick her own clothes. Heaven help us, today at 2, tomorrow at 16 huh?

I must say you've got a lot of awesome photos here. Beautiful work.

Holly said...

I would pretty much kill for an embroidery machine...too much for...I amy not have time for blogging!

Suzanne said...

That looks like a fun machine. I really admire anyone who quilts~and finishes them! JoJo's quilt is completely adorable.

Misty said...

Maybe when I feel like I know what I'm doing with a regualar sewing machine, I'll venture over to embroidery machines!!

Thanks for linking @Creative Itch's "Sew Cute Tuesday"!

Denise Marie said...

love this post!! I'm giggling while reading because my mom and I bought a serger machine and still need to take a class to learn how to use it and I did the simplest hand-stitched item ever today...come see me..DeniseMarie

Al said...

I drank the kool aid, I purchased one of those machines - I mostly use it as a regular sewing machine, 'cause I am a handwork kind of girl.

Lisa said...

These are so pretty! You're right, I always walk by these machines in the store and love watching them! They make such beautiful things! One day I'd love to have one...

Morgane said...

I am with you on hand and machine embroidery! Both are great!
I love heirloom work so I must used my own hands!
I use my machine for monogram, it is fun!
This quilt is beautiful, perfect for a little girl.
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