Last year, shortly before I retired, I purchased a new sewing machine, a Janome Memory Craft 9900. I had wanted a better machine and one that could embroider for years, but the now it seemed the time was right. Of course it sat in the box in my kitchen for about 6 weeks before I got the nerve to open it. I must admit, all those pieces were a bit daunting. Little by little, I started to sew and over the summer even tried a couple built in embroidery stitches. An easy monogram was the first I used in a garment. See how that turned out HERE.(affiliate links)
This Christmas I have been inspired to make more handmade gifts than in the past. Perhaps because I am not working full time and even with pattern design and blogging, I feel there is more time to do what I like to do. So I dived into embroidery. Finally.
I started with a generic white towel. I thought about making the towels as well, but I could not find any terry locally that I really liked. These actually worked quite well due to the window pane like pattern. The lines made it much easier to line up my pattern, which is essential to a newby like me.
I feel like I have made great strides, because not only did these turn out great, I also managed to get these designs downloaded from the internet and onto my machine.
This pattern is my favorite. I love the detail. The face on Santa and the bear. I did a trial pattern first, and learned how to get my fabric correctly positioned in the hoop. That is still the hardest part for me. I learned through trial and error how to get the pattern to embroider exactly where I wanted it to be.
I searched the internet for free downloads. Because this was my first venture into downloading, I carefully chose patterns that were already formatted for my machine. I am sure that now that I am comfortable with the download process and changing my machine over to embroidery, which is not nearly as daunting as I originally thought it was, I will work on formatting downloads to work on my machine.
I feel like this is my win for the day. I downloaded the wreath and then made three of them. They are evenly spaced and aligned evenly top to bottom. I am always caught a little off guard when a project turns out well and sometimes better than expected! I have a couple more embroidery projects in process. I am thrilled that I have finally been able to add this to my skill set.
How are you doing with your Christmas sewing. Nine days and counting. Easy projects left to complete? Or are you one who is finished sewing, wrapped, and shipped?
Happy Christmas sewing, Donna
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