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Topic: first reverse applique and free form machine embroidery! first Tute added!  (Read 6429 times)
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« on: October 19, 2006 08:41:31 PM »

So I was watching the "Uncommon Threads" show on HGTV I DVR'd and saw a project on embellishing shirts w/ free form machine embroidery and quilting and reverse applique.

It was one of those "OMG that's so cool and I can SO do that" moments.

Grabbed this shirt I had laying around, which is comfy and fits well, but was boring.

and I did this! It's not perfect, It's kinda bunched up in places. But that adds "texture" and "interest" or at least that's how I'm justifying it. I like it enough that I'll wear it anyway. Tongue



And me modelling it.


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« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2006 10:07:49 PM »

that looks really good.. was it hard to do?
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« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2006 11:08:42 PM »

OOooOOOOH now I DO like that  Smiley
care to share a how to?
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« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2006 03:26:25 AM »

Nope, it was really, really easy. Took me maybe 45 minutes (almost half of which was figuring out how to put the darning foot on my machine). I'll put together a tutorial by the end of the weekend.
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« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2006 05:56:41 AM »

That is really cute.  I have, what seems about 5 million, plain, colored t-shirts that are just waiting for something like this.  Not to mention the ones that I can't get stains out of that this would be perfect to cover the stains and make them wearable again.  Awesome!!!
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« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2006 02:15:44 PM »

Great job! I love that! Everything about it looks completely intentional! Wink That makes me love it more! Can't wait for the tute! You rock ! Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2006 08:30:08 PM »

Okie dokie, my first tute. Be gentle Smiley

1. Find shirt and material you like. Shirt had the most unfortunate chocolate ice cream stain. Material is cotton from gramma's stash that I raided.


2. Turn the shirt inside out. Attach material to shirt - front side of material to the back side of the shirt. Remember you want front side of material to be the new front side of your shirt when you cut out your design. You can pin at the edges or you can cheat like me and use quilter's basting spray.


3. Since the pattern of my material was too small to follow the natural contours and make a design (like I did in the first shirt), I decided paisley likes dragonflies and vice versa. So I sketched some dragonflies in washable marker.


4. Now you need to get the darning foot on to your beast. It looks like this. Darning foot is good because you can move forward, backward, sideways, etc. I guess you could do this with a regular foot if you were really really really patient and slow about all the turns, but it's alot easier to use the darning foot. And remember to drop your feed dogs!


5. Sew! Since you're sewing the contrast material, it's the bobbin thread that shows on the outside of your shirt. I like 3 colors usually. 2 coordinating and one contrast. I didn't bother changing the top thread but I really should have since you can see it poking through a little bit. Sew all around your image as many times as you like (1 for contrast, 2 or 3 for coordinating.)

Here's what the wrong side looks like when you're done.


And the right side.


6. Now you're ready to cut. Turn your shirt right side out and get scissors. Sharp little ones work better than big ones, but I can't find the little guys. Trim away the tshirt on the inside of the stitching. Be VERY careful not to cut the contrast material underneath. It's REALLY easy to do, especially if you cheat and basted it with spray like me. If you did, it's easy to peel it apart, just make sure you do that!


7. Trim all the threads and ta da! Make sure you trim that extra fabric on the back too!


8. Take requisite, "I'm tired - hurry up with the dang picture, so I can go to bed" picture.
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« Reply #7 on: October 22, 2006 08:52:48 PM »

Awesome! Excellent tute, I will be trying this Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: October 23, 2006 06:56:06 AM »

mserocks .... THANK YOU for a clear step by step tute  Smiley and pictures too, you SPOIL us  Grin
Now all I gotta do is find the damned darning foot and work out how to drop the feed dogs  Huh
and i lurve the dragonflies in paisley  Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: October 23, 2006 07:36:12 AM »

 Grin   YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!Awesome tute---yes I am off looking for my darning foot!!!!!!! Grin heheeh when you say drop the feed dogs-- do you mean disable them so it is your job to move the fabric yourself... I have a plate made especially for my machine that goes over my feed dogs for machine embroidery and such........ Cheesy I am hoping that is what I would use........ Cheesy Thanks again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11
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