Category Archives: Gift-Aways

Machine Embroidery Tips for Perfect Applique

Sew Crafty Ladies!

The Sew Crafty Houston Ladies! Photo By: Laura Burlton

Ok!  I know I posted this picture just a few weeks ago, but I have a good reason!

#1 I’m really missing my time with these gals.

#2 Don’t we look great?

#3 I promised to talk about how I made this applique banner in a future post.

Remember?  Well,  we are presently in the FUTURE!

So, here is a “General” Tutorial for how I did this and also some great tips for making machine embroidered appliques!

Machine Embroidered Banners 101

  • Decide how wide your finished banner will be.
  • Decide how large your letters will need to be.
  • Select the appropriate font and size from your favorite embroidery designs collection.  (I purchased an applique font online and chose the 5×7 hoop sized letters for this project)
  • Using your embroidery software, print out a template of each letter in your banner.
  • Using see through tracing paper, make a triangle template that nicely frames your letters.  Mark center on this template.
  • Using Embroidery Machine:  Hoop a 10″x10″ or larger piece of background fabric and applique a letter to it.    (see applique tips) Make sure you place the letter carefully so that you’ll have enough room to cut out your triangle!
  • Un-hoop the fabric.  Press if desired.  Lay your triangle template on top of your fabric, centering the appliqued letter within the triangle.  Pin the template to the fabric and cut out the triangle using pinking shears.  (If you don’t have pinking shears, you could just use regular scissors and hem your triangle to prevent unraveling.)
  • Repeat for all the letters in your banner.
  • Sew your appliqued triangles to a ribbon (I used 1″ wide grossgrain) and make sure you leave long tails at each end so you can hang your banner.
  • Enjoy!

A blurry closeup of one of my letters!

Machine Embroidery Applique Tips:

Recommended Stabilizers:  Floriani Appli-Kay Wonder or SewVac Outlet’s Fuse ‘n Stick

These stabilizers are fusible on one side and sticky on the other.  This allows you to hold applique pieces in place while you stitch.  I love it because it prevents shifting and bubbling in my applique and my needle doesn’t get gummy!  An alternative to the stabilizers would be a temporary spray adhesive that you use to spritz the back of your applique before you place it on the fabric.  This works, but I find that the stabilizer gives me more consistent results.

Seven Steps to Perfect Appliques:

Step One:  Hoop the fabric that you will use for your applique letter.  You don’t need a stabilizer beneath it – unless you’re using stretchy fabric.

Step Two:  Stitch the outline of the design.  Un-hoop the fabric and press if needed.

Step Three:  Lay your fabric with the design outline wrong side up so that you are looking at the back of your design.  Lay a piece of the Fuse n’ Stick or Appli-Kay Wonder on the fabric with the fusible side touching the back of your design.  (The fusible side is the shiny side.)

Step Four:  Fuse the stabilizer piece to the wrong side of the decorative fabric using a medium to high temperature setting on your iron.  (No Steam).  Start at a med. temperature and slowly increase until you get a good fuse.  Hold the iron in place for at least 3 seconds and then flip the piece over and press again on the fabric side.

Step Five:  Once cooled, cut out the appliqué design using the trace lines/ stitched lines.

Step Six:  Peel back the protective sheet to expose the sticky surface. **It is very important to let the applique cool before removing the paper.

Step Seven:  Hoop your backround fabric (use a cutaway or tearaway stabilizer behind it!)  and stitch the design outline one more time.  Now, position the sticky appliqué piece over the design outline and finger press in to place. *Press on the appliqué side and the fabric side for maximum bonding. Finish by stitching out the rest of your embroidery design, changing thread colors as needed.

Gift Give-Away Contest Update:

We only need 2 more winners!!!  Click the link to enter to win and find out what you get!  Contest Link

Let’s Get Sewing!

Jenny Gabriel – alter ego:  StitchinJenny

Happy Thanksgiving!!! Our Contest isn’t over!!!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Our 1st Gift Give-Away Contest isn’t over!  Click the contest link here to read the winner’s list so far.  Please share the link with your friends or post on facebook so we can get to 25 winners before Christmas!

https://sewvacoutletblog.com/2011/11/20/you-just-won-a-prize/

What does Hockey have to do with Sewing? Not much, but…..

What does Hockey have to do with Sewing?  Not much, but….  I just found some cool Hockey fabric today.  This occurred when I went to High Fashion on a Fabric Field Trip with friend, student, and blogger – Stacie, of http://www.staciethinksshecan.com/.

Look!  This is a close-up of the fabric I found! I plan to use it in one of those embroidered mugs as a gift for my husband.

My husband plays goalie....

What else does Hockey have to do with Sewing?  Well, I used my Janome Digitizer Jr., a purchased applique font, and my Janome Giga Hoop to embroider his player number on the back of his jersey.  See?

Can you guess what his favorite number is?

And, if you really want to know the truth of why I feel compelled to talk about hockey on a sewing blog,  Sunday night was the play-off game for his Hockey league.  Guess who won the Championship?

(Team Name: Bad Company) My husband is the one wearing blue gloves. He's 6'6" and almost as tall as me when he's on his knees. Photo By: Cameron Hagen

This victory is a big deal.  He’s been competing and shooting for a championship for a few years now.  Way to go, Gabe!!!

And, now for an update about our on-going Gift-Away:

We still haven’t reached 25 winners!   Hurry up and follow the “steps to win” so you can be in the 1st 25!!!

Steps to Win:

  • If you’re not already following, register to follow this blog by clicking on the link in our side-bar.
  • Then, contact me through making a comment on this blog post
  •  Let me know which item you want to claim – the key fob or the koozie
  • Let me know what name or letter you’d like me to custom embroider on your item
  • -Or- let me know if you want to receive it as a blank.  (A blank is an item that is ready for you to embroider yourself. )

I bet you want to see what you get, right?

Well, I decided to give you a choice between the two items pictured here.

As we add to our list of winners, I'll get these stitched out and make an announcement when they are ready for pick-up at HSC.

Click the Contest Link to see the updated list of Winners!  

Let’s Get Sewing!

Jenny Gabriel – alter ego:  StitchinJenny

You Just Won a Prize!!!!

Surprise!!!  You’re a winner!!!  (I’m speaking to the 1st 25 to follow this blog and post your claim here)

UPDATE:  As of 12pm on Friday, Dec. 2nd, we have 25 confirmed winners!  We have our grand total!  See below for their names.  Congratulations Ladies!  I’m finishing up with stitching all of these out and will announce when they are ready.

Did you miss out on this contest?  No worries!  Just sign up to follow our blog via email and you’ll be among the first to know when we launch our NEXT gift-away.  (New contest coming soon!)

Steps to Win:

  • If you’re not already following, register to follow this blog by clicking on the link in our side-bar.
  • Then, contact me through making a comment on this blog post
  •  Let me know which item you want to claim – the key fob or the koozie
  • Let me know what name or letter you’d like me to custom embroider on your item
  • -Or- let me know if you want to receive it as a blank.  (A blank is an item that is ready for you to embroider yourself. )

I bet you want to see what you get, right?

Well, I decided to give you a choice between the two items pictured here.

As we get our 25 winners, I’ll get these gift-away items stitched out and over to Humble Sewing Center – Sew Vac Outlet for you to pick up.  I’ll announce when they are ready for pick-up and then you can stop by at your convenience!

Winner’s List:

  1. Tina Tran – key fob – “Tina” in blue
  2. Liz Taylor – key fob – “Liz” in green
  3. Kathy Pigg – key fob – “Maw”
  4. Terri Sexton – koozie – “T”
  5. Sandy Wilkinson – key fob “Sandy”
  6. Patty Holmes – key fob “Patty”
  7. Rosalind Dunagan – key fob “Ros”
  8. Pat Ferr – blank key fob kit “girly colors”
  9. Joyce James – key fob – “Joyce” in red
  10. Alice Anjo – key fob – “Alice”
  11. Ann Mazoch – key fob – “Ann” in blue
  12. Lee Sweeney – key fob – “Lee” in lime green
  13. Melanie Leach – key fob – “Dillan” boy colors
  14. Janetta – key fob – “Janetta” red or blue
  15. Stacie Davis – key fob- “Stacie”
  16. Carrie Meeker -key fob- “Carrie” in pink
  17. Holly Bard – key fob- “Chris” in green
  18. Evonne Cobb – key fob – “Evonne” in pink
  19. Mary Benniee – key fob – “MB”, in pink
  20. Gayle Coleman – koozie – “Gayle”, red
  21. Rose Poppwitz – key fob- “Glenn”
  22. Georgann Putnam – koozie – “G”
  23. Pamela Sugg – key fob – “Pam”
  24. Charlene Everitt – key fob – “Charlene”
  25. Liz Richardson – koozie – “L” in red or green

Let’s Get Sewing!

Jenny Gabriel – alter ego:  StitchinJenny