More Embroidery With Sewing
More and more sewers are purchasing high end machines with embroidery and I would like to see more articles that feature the opportunity to use these features with high quality garments. Frequently other magazines do “curtesy things” with embroidery and I would like to see more of things like the recent article applying embroidery to a jacket in mirror image by Barbara Skimin and similar type things. THese
Yes..... more along the lines of "Art to Wear" not stylized bumble bees and sailboats.
And more suggestions/ideas/ways of hooping to get things lined up exactly where you want them. Nothing is more aggrevating than having 1/4 of something all out of line with the other 3/4.
I am getting an embroidery/sewing machine in April. I would love to see an extensive article on hooping of many different types of materials as well as different weights of material. Also, what size needle to use with each. Maybe you could have charts printed in the articles that we could photcopy and have in a workbook so we could refer to them. Reading the messages on the chat boards, seems like these are the issues that give new embroiderers the most problems.
I just submitted the post above. I also would like a chart to include the type of stabilizer to use for the different materials. Thanks, Donna
Donna, in addition to Peg's suggestion to seek out magazines dedicated to machine embroidery, I highly recommend Jeanine Twigg's Embroidery Machine Essentials series. One book is devoted to basic techniques, another to hooping/stabilizing, and the third covers digitizing and software.
Edited 3/16/2004 8:05 am ET by SewingWriter
Check out some of the embroidery magazines now available nearly everywhere (B&N, Borders, grocery store, Walmart, etc. etc.). They cover all this information in great detail...and more! Personally, I'd rather find all that in an embroidery dedicated magazine, not Threads.
Donna, Stephanie's recommendation of Jeanine Twigg's books is right on. You might also want to take a look at Barbara Skimin's article in issue 107, "Successful Machine Embroidery on Any Fabric." This includes a chart on how to forestall typical embroidery pitfalls on a wide variety of fabrics by selecting the right stabilizer, hooping method, design type, thread, and needle. In addition, you can find a number of articles on machine embroidery here online. Go to the home page, and in the left column, look under "Embroidery" in the Feature Library.
Have fun with your new machine!
Carol I would love to see any articles that you would could do on Cynthia Guffee. I believe that you did feature her many years ago. But since I have taken several classes from her for the last 2 or 3 years I have really come to appreciate her sense of pattern construction as well as her use of embroidery on garments. I think that if the person that wrote in and said she never can imagine herself wanting to embroider because she never buys or wears anything embroidered, were to see any of Cynthias garments she would change her mind.
I got a free issue of an excellent machine embroidery dedicated magazine from my Amazing Designs dealer last year. THIS year, I took out a subscription. It is the best machine embroidery only magazine I've ever come across and is called "Designs in Machine Embroidery" I find it to be consistently fresh and always offers basic, practical information. I always had a problem with my designs puckering. In my first issue they explained how to properly hoop fabric. I haven't had a ruined piece of embroidery since.
I like "Designs," too--Eileen Roche and her team do a great job.
I would like to see more articles on Machine Embroidery and Art to Wear. More articles like Barbara Skimin has done for Threads. I am disappointed that the last article by Barbara Skimin was in the back of the magazine and very little on the suject. We need more information and details. I feel quilting for the most part could be left out. There seems to be alot of other publications about quilting but not much on sewing and embroidery. Thanks for listening, Carole MW
I would agree. I already subscribe to all of the Embroidery magazines. I am not lookingfor how to hoop etc. I am looking for something with the high quality and detail I find in a magazine like threads and Barbara usually provides that.
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