Posted June 9, 2015, 6:00 am
June is traditionally thought of as kick-off to the bridal season, so we thought we’d inspire you by showing a wedding dress that we embellished with machine embroidery! Whether you are making a wedding dress, any other special occasion dress, or if you just want to embellish one that has already made, machine embroidery allows you to create something that is truly one-of-a-kind!
Our dress is a ball gown silhouette, made with ivory silk satin. When you take a closer look at the embroidery that goes all the way around the dress, you’ll notice that there are larger embroidered areas that alternate with smaller ones. We used a technique called Multiple Hoop Embroidery to create the design layouts, which is a feature that can be found on many SINGER sewing & embroidery machines. This feature allows you to take a design that is the size of a single hooping, and create a larger design layout in the software. This large layout is then transferred to the machine for embroidery, but stitched “one hoop at a time”.
Take a closer look and you’ll see the four “repeats” of a single design.
A smaller, coordinating design was used to embroider the smaller sections between the larger embroidery layouts:
The thread color we chose for the embroidery was similar to the fabric color, creating a tone-on-tone effect. We used rayon thread on the top of the machine, for a beautiful sheen. Bobbinfil thread was used in the bobbin. Bobbinfil thread is finer (thinner) than all-purpose thread, so when you put it in the bobbin, you can get more thread on the bobbin each time you wind – so you wind less frequently. It also helps make the embroidery less dense on the backside of the fabric. We used SINGER Chromium needles, Style 2000, in a size 11 for doing the machine embroidery. Stabilizer is also important. A fusible tear-away, plus an additional layer of non-fusible tear-away stabilizer was used. When the embroidery was finished, we gently removed the excess stabilizer to prevent distorting the design.
Finally, we used heat-set Swarovski crystals (2000 of them!) to finish it off. We mixed 2 different colors of crystals – clear and pearl.
We hope that we’ve inspired you to add machine embroidery to one of your next projects! Please share with us what you’ve made - we’d love to see it!
Posted December 19, 2014, 4:10 pm
It’s hard to believe we are nearing the end of another year…the holidays are just around the corner! We hope that you have enjoyed the lessons that we have provided in Embroidery Made Easy this year, and learned fun new ways to enjoy your SINGER® FUTURA™ sewing and embroidery machine.
Though this is a busy time of year, we encourage you to take a little time for yourself and enjoy the lesson this month, which once again provides more insight to using the Editing software. This month’s project is great fun and can also provide a last minute gift! Using a combination of topics learned over this past year, you will create a beautiful heirloom ornament that originates in the software, from start to finish. This ornament will be one to cherish for years to come. Finally, you’ll learn where to find quick and easy keyboard commands that will aid you in using the software for the SINGER® FUTURA™ sewing & embroidery machine.
Once again, Happy Holidays!
Posted November 19, 2014, 6:06 am
Thanksgiving is the time of year when we reflect on life’s many blessings. We would like to wish you and your family all the best in this holiday season!
This is also the season for giving, and who doesn’t love a hand made gift? The project this month is perfect for gift giving! It’s a warm and cozy scarf embellished with a favorite school or team initials. The recipient of your gift will surely appreciate your thoughtfulness, and you’ll appreciate how quick this project is to create. Made from fleece, the scarf features two-colored lettering, which is the focus of this month’s issue of Embroidery Made Easy. You’ll learn basic editing techniques, including how to change the colors of the letters and how to edit and change the texture of the fill within the letter.
Finally you’ll discover different ways to arrange multiple canvases on your screen in the Inside your Software article. Grab a cup of hot apple cider and let’s get started!
Posted October 24, 2014, 5:45 pm
Fall is Here!
Who doesn’t love the beautiful colors of autumn? Splashes of yellows, golds and reds paint the landscape around us. Those beautiful colors are also a reminder that the holiday season is just around the corner. Now is the perfect time to start your holiday sewing, and what could be better than creating your projects with your SINGER® FUTURA™sewing & embroidery machine? This month’s issue of Embroidery Made Easy will expand on a few of the functions that are available in the AutoPunchTM Draw Package. Because there are so many tools to use in the Draw Package, we are narrowing it down to some of the basic drawing tools. These tools provide you with the ability to create basic shapes to use with the AutoPunchTM digitizing wizard.
In addition, you’ll use your new skills to create a beautiful napkin ring that is perfect for your fall table. Then, you’ll learn how to use the Trace Design function in this month’s Inside Your Software article.
Posted September 16, 2014, 3:56 pm
Basic Drawing Tools
There are a lot of features that are built into the software for your SINGER® FUTURA™ sewing & embroidery machine. Our goal is to explore these features, so that you get the most out of your machine. This month’s issue of Embroidery Made Easy will expand on a few of the functions that are available in the AutoPunch™ Draw Package. Because there are so many tools to use in the Draw Package, in this issue we are narrowing it down to some of the basic drawing tools. These tools provide you with the ability to create basic shapes to use with the AutoPunch™ digitizing wizard.
In addition, you’ll use your new skills to create a beautiful border for this month’s project, a handy case for your tablet. Then, you’ll learn how to use the Show/Hide function in this month’s Inside Your Software article.