This is my second Raggedy Ann and I'm really happy with her! I think it's the best doll I've made so far. She is a 20" doll from the popular McCall's pattern. She turned out just exactly as I had envisioned. I had originally planned for her just to be a Fall decoration, but now I think I'll make her a set of clothes for every season/holiday so I can always have her out
And just to throw it out there - if you're looking for doll chairs to display your dolls, try local flea markets or antique malls. I found the chair she's sitting in for $10. All I had to do was sand and repaint and it was as good as new!
Ann is my favorite! How did you do her face details? Did you do it by hand? Machine? I want to make one, but I'm not sure how to do the face.
I did it by hand. The pattern came with iron-on face transfers, but they were really old and much used, so I had to trace them onto paper and then onto the fabric. I used 3 strands of standard embroidery floss. I did the embroidery after stuffing the head, but if I had to do over again I would do the embroidery BEFORE stuffing. I didn't have a small enough hoop at the time, or I would have
I love my dear embroidery machine, but right now I am at my wit's end.
When it embroiders, the white bobbin thread is pulling through and showing on the top. I checked and double-checked that the bobbin was inserted and threaded correctly, and the bobbin tension is factory-set, so I'm not sure what the problem is. Changing the upper thread tension (either direction) just makes things worse. When I use the same color bobbin thread as the top thread of course you can't tell, but that's not practical for designs that need two or more colors. I have only been using text and designs that came on a Singer stock CD designed for this machine, so it can't be anything to do with the design. Also, when the machine is in sewing mode, the tension is perfect.
The only thing I have not tried is changing to a new needle. Could that be it? Any other suggestions?