Monday, April 11, 2011

How To - Do Cutaway Machine Embroidery and Link to Free Pattern

Hi Friends,

I've got my camera and computer working together so I want to show you a really sweet project using an embroidery machine.  It is a cutaway egg with Easter bunny inside.  You can read below what I am going to do with them.

I found a link for a this free pattern HERE at Advanced Embroidery Designs.  This pattern is ONLY until the end of the month so grab it quick.  My machine's largest hoop size is 5 x 7 and this pattern is 5 x 8 but you know what, it works!  I don't understand why.  I figured it would say pattern too large for my machine, but it still fits inside my hoop.

This really is an easy project so don't let the name of the website fool you.  It took my machine about 1 hour 30 minutes to stitch out. 

1.  Choose your fabric.  Best to use a small print.  I used a bright pink tone on tone for the first one and white thread.  For the second I used an off white tone on tone fabric with pastel variegated thread.  Have a full bobbin wound for this project too as well as a fresh sharp embroidery needle.
2.  Hoop fabric right side up with a water soluble stabilizer underneath.  Both are in the hoop.  Hoop tightly. 

3. The first stitch out is a straight stitch around the outside of the egg. Remove your hoop from the machine and cut away a bit of the fabric on the outside of this stitching. I cut away about a half inch which you can see below.  Look closely.  The stitching is on the INSIDE of where I cut.  I cut out a half inch on the OUTSIDE of the stitching.  REMEMBER THESE TWO THINGS:  1. ONLY REMOVE YOUR HOOP FROM THE MACHINE. DO NOT REMOVE THE FABRIC FROM THE HOOP!  2.  DO NOT CUT YOUR WATER SOLUBLE STABILIZER.  ONLY CUT AWAY THE FABRIC!  (I'm not trying to sound bossy here ;-)  I just really want to emphasize these two things.) 

Cut very close to the stitch line for best results. On the first sample I did, the pink one, I was afraid to cut too close and that left frayed edges that were difficult to clean up. On the second sample I cut as close as 1/32" to 1/64" of an inch, very close to the stitching!

4. The second stitch out is an outline of the inner part of the egg and an outline of the interior design.
5.  Again remove the hoop from your machine and cut away only the fabric between the bunny and the inner egg.  Keep the stabilizer intact.  An applique scissors is a very handy tool to cut close to the stitching line.

6.  The third stitch out is all the lace work and design.  This is the part that takes the longest.  Just sit back and check out some blogs and read a bit while the machine does it's magic.

7.  For the fourth and final stitch out it is a decorative stitch between the inner and outer egg lining.  You can change thread color if you like for this.

8.  Remove hoop and remove fabric from hoop.  Cut stabilizer close to the outside of the egg and place entire project in water.  This will dissolve the water soluble stabilizer.  Dry.  Press.  Enjoy!!!

This was my first cutaway project and I thought it was so sweet to find a free Easter design.  Be sure to click on the link above very soon because they change the free project monthly.

I'm going to glue the pink one to the outside of an Easter card and attach a pretty ribbon as well.  For the pastel on the right I'm going to stitch it to a placemat.  I'll either put that placemat in the center of the table with a basket of candy or I will make 6 more of these and make a total of 7 placemats for everyone at our Easter dinner.  I've got to decide on that first. 

Enjoy and Early Easter Blessings,

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Silver Strands said...

Wow. You're amazing!

Laura said...

Stopping by from SITS. This is beautiful. Maybe someday I'll learn how to do that. I can barely sew in a straight line :)

Mary Ann & Mother said...

This is great! I have an Ellageo, but need to take a class to get used to making things.


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