Ok all you adventurous machine embroidery ladies! It’s time to take our hobby to the next level!!!
Yes! We are doing some Cut Work!
What is cutwork?
Well, for some reason, looking at cut work reminds me of stained glass windows. But that’s really not what it is at all.
Cut work is embroidery on fabric that is literally CUT OUT during the embroidery process. So, your finished project has artistic and deliberate “holes” that are surrounded by beautiful embroidery stitches.
Here are some pictures of cut work designs by Anita Goodesign and also one by Dakota Collectibles. You can get these and other designs from Humble Sewing Center or order them online.
Check out the pictures and then take a look at my step-by-step adventure in Cut Work on a shirt….
Cut Work Shirt Tutorial
- one shirt
- one cut work embroidery design
- embroidery machine and embroidery thread
- curved, fine tip embroidery scissors for precision cutting
- No Show Fusible Stabilizer
- Self-Adhesive Wash Away Stabilizer
Don’t have software? If you aren’t ready to invest in a full blown digitizing software, I like to recommend 2 smaller software packages, depending on what machine you own.
If you have a Babylock or other brand of machine, I like to recommend: Embrilliance Essentials (This is a smaller package that was created by the same man who created all of the Designer’s Gallery software. He’s amazing!) He even let’s you download a free trial to see if you like it: Free Trial I don’t know if the trial lets you print or stitch anything, but at least you can click around and see if you like the way the software works…
Moving right along….
Once you know where the design will be, you can fuse a piece of the No-Show fusible stabilizer to the wrong side of the shirt. Make sure you are fusing this stabilizer in the area that the shirt will be embroidered. This stabilizer helps keep your stretchy shirt fabric from becoming distorted during hooping and embroidering.
(For the next two photos, I’m quoting the shirt hooping step from one of Nancy’s blog posts. Here’s the link to the entire post: Knit Shirt Makeovers)
“Place the embroidery hoop at the narrow end of an ironing board. Next, position the T-shirt over the end of the ironing board. (See picture below.) Match the neckline and center front to one of the Perfect-Placement Stitching lines and center front marking on the stabilizer. Gently finger press the shirt to the sticky stabilizer.”
“Lift the back of the T-shirt to the top of the hoop, creating a nest shape. Reattach the hoop to the embroidery unit.”
Ok, now we’re back to my instructions for the cut work shirt tutorial:
Step Twelve: Remove the hoop from the machine and un-hoop your shirt. Trim away the excess stabilizers and use warm water to rinse away all of the wash away stabilizer. Tumble dry your wet shirt.
Note: If the embroidered area is stiff, you may need to rinse out the shirt again to remove the rest of the wash away stabilizer. Once your shirt is dry, use a pressing cloth and press if necessary.
Thanks for reading!
I hope this helps you with your first try at Cut Work!
Let’s get sewing!
Jenny Gabriel – alter ego: StitchinJenny