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Heirloom insertion

sewcrazed | Posted in Machine Embroidery on

I am looking for really small embroidery design that I can run in a straight line to create my own heirloom insertion.  Any ideas? 


  1. MaryinColorado | | #1

    I use the decorative stitches on my Viking Designer 1 for insertions.  It is difficult to find  emb. designs in a long line like you need for insertion other than the quilting borders some companies have put out.  You can purchase prepared insertions and some tiny heirloom type designs.  One online source I use is Martha Pullen website and store.  I got some great tiny roses and such from her online embroidery club that you can join.  I cannot remember which year mine are from but they are really minis.  She also has free emb designs when you order Sew Beautiful magazine. Mary

    1. sewcrazed | | #2

      Thank you  Mary.  I just got a designer I on ebay.  I am not sure how to "join" designs.  Any tips? 

      1. MaryinColorado | | #3

        Oh yes!  Congrtulations!  Welcome to your Designer 1 Odyssey!  You are going to have an incredibly wonderful adventure! 

        There are many ways to join fabrics with this great machine! I really starch or spray starch and press the fabrics so I don't have to use stabilizer as much, depending on the fabric. 

        Either turn under and press the fabric or finish the edges to be joined.  MenuA stitch A31 is the "proper" joining stitch.  Choose A foot or J.  Lay your two fabrics edge to edge. Guide them straight down the centerline.  Magic!  (I like to finish my edges with a rolled hem on the serger, or you could stabilize and satin stitch the fabric and then trim away next to the stitching). This is also the way to join lace to fabric.

          After you master this, check out all the other side to side stitches that can also be used for joining fabrics. 

         Also, you can make your own entredeux with the D menu, stitch D7 and wing needles which come in several sizes.

        Have fun!  Please let us know what you are making!  Let us know if you have other questions.  We love to share here!  Mary

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