Saturday, January 31, 2009

Singer Instructions for Art Embroidery & Lace Work

What a wonderful resource to learn some new techniques! I am sure you have noticed how many different types of embroidery and free motion attachments/feet there are to choose from. What is better for what? I have pulled all of mine together to see if I can decide on some advantages of each. What better way to see how each on actually works, then by doing something I have not done. I must admit I have a very lovely Babylock embroidery machine and at the push of a button, I have some lovely items. But, isn't there something to be said from learning a new skill? I am excited at this chance and will continue following through the Singer lessons.

The book is separated into lessons. Lessons One through Four seem to be the foundations of the rest of the book. My first attempts are not perfect, but practice! practice! and a lot more practice should do it. By the time I got to Lesson Four, the Open Work Stitches, I was hooked!

I need tons more practice, but I will share with you the steps I went through. I am amazed at the results for my first time.
I was skeptical when the instructions told me to begin cutting my material. I hadn't even sewn that much yet! What was to keep everything together? I plodded on.

The first step was to draw about a 2 1/2 inch square and sew around it. Then divide the square into 6 areas - going lengthwise. Did it. THEN I was to cut the material! YIKES! This was scary.

Then using the stitch they showed, I went straight down that empty area, creating a lovely stitch. I was using heavy quilting thread in the bobbin and as top thread. I was also sewing over some of the same thread. (I shouldn't have cut my threads so you could see.)

I repeated that process all the way across. Cut the next area, stitch a straight line over my heavy thread, and continue.

Then I began going from left to right at an angle....turning the fabric and continuing the pattern. I really was amazed at the results when I had finished. I reinforced the outside with some more embroidery and I was finished. Not perfect, but not bad for the first time through.

I will continue practicing this technique, especially to learn how to keep my lines perfectly straight and even.

There are quite a few other lovely old techniques to learn, and I tried a few more. This is the eyelet lace. You can see the thread pulled away - this is the loose thread I am sewing over. Gives it more depth. For the eyelet, you sew around your circle and then cut out the center. Sewing over the heavy thread is the rest of the process, giving it a nice round shape.

With loads more practice, this is what mine will hopefully look like. Each lesson adds an additional skill or technique. This one is actually sewing over a crochet hook.

I will share my progress, but it will take more practice to obtain more perfect results.

Happy Sewing!

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