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Felting/ embellishing Machines

MarshaK | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

I thought I would start a new thread about felting/embellishing machines, away from the other thread where they were mentioned. On Nancy’s Notions website she has videos of her Sewing With Nancy TV shows, the one titled ‘Designer Techniques Using Your Sewing Machine” has her guest Christopher Nejman using the Babylock Embellisher to make pillows, kind of a new twist to Crazy Quilting. I’m sure his techniques for embellishing the base fabric can be incorporated into making fabrics for garments as well, even if it’s only the collar, yoke or pocket flaps on a jacket or blouse.

I still have not watched the project DVD that came with my machine.



  1. Betakin | | #1

    I have seen his work and it is very nice. I saw the video and also saw him on Sewing with Nancy. I might eventually purchase a felter that I can use by hand just to add to some deco work that I do.

    How do you like your machine?

    1. MarshaK | | #2

      I've just tried a few small samples of yarns and fabric strips with my machine. Can't do much now with one wrist in a cast, although I have all sorts of ideas I'd like to be trying out.  I also have the hand felting tool made by Clover, it's good for small projects or tacking down wool roving to hold your design in place untill you get it all felted into place with the machine. Marsha.

      1. Betakin | | #3

        Aw, too bad you can't play with your new machine. I hope your wrist heals fast. Thanks so much for the info on the hand held felter being I was wondering if it might be worth purchasing. I think I might get one.

      2. rodezzy | | #4

        Ohhhh, is a felting machine a multi-needle machine.  You put roving on top of a fabric and felt it down?

        1. solosmocker | | #5

          Yes, Rodezzy. Some have 5, some 7, special barbed needles. I have the one mentioned in the previous post on Sewing with Nancy. I have only played with it a few minutes but have loads of ideas cooking. I am waiting to finish this winter jacket I am working on and then it will be gung ho. Not sure how smart this is going into spring, but I think my first project will be either a felted wool bag or wool hat. solo

          1. rodezzy | | #6

            Well, it doesn't matter if it's coming up on spring.  It will be ready for the fall season, and one less thing to make for the cold weather when it returns. 

            Unless, you get it done very soon, it's still cold.  It's going to be 4 degrees here in Chicago Saturday.  It was only 23 when I left for work this morning.  Buuurrrrrrrrrrrrr.  So, I think there's a few months to go yet. 

            As usual, I will be waiting on the edge of my seat to see your pics.  Your work is so beautiful.


          2. solosmocker | | #7

            Thanks, Rodezzy. Keep ya posted.solo

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