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Let’s Kickoff Bridal Season with Embroidery

Embroidery Made Easy, Sewing Projects, Uncategorized

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”.

emb1hoop one

 

Take a closer look and you’ll see the four “repeats” of a single design.

emb2    hoop two

 

A smaller, coordinating design was used to embroider the smaller sections between the larger embroidery layouts:

hoop three

 

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.

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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!

Get Kids Sewing Series with SINGER & SkiptomyLou.org

Kids Sewing Series with SkiptoMyLou.org

Sewing Projects

SINGER is happy to launch our Get Kids Sewing Series with one of our favorite blogs, Skip to my Lou.  Grab your kids, a SINGER machine and make these fun and simple projects.  Great for summer project, lazy rainy days or just to spend some great one-on-one time teaching kids a wonderful skill they’ll treasure for a lifetime.

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