* To see the overview of this Master Crafters campaign click here
* To read more about the Brother SE-350 Embroidery and Sewing machine at Brother's website click here
.Brother SE-350 - Terry Cloth Bibs!
This was really my first first planned project with the machine. I had been brainstorming ideas to make bibs like these, but I didn't really want to stencil them or applique them. When I found out i was getting the machine, I knew I had the answer!
As some of you may know, there's apparently a conspiracy of some sort, and several mods are pregnant or just had a baby. Future Craftsters are growing as we speak!
You always see those "grandma loves me" type bibs in stores, but people other than grandma and grandpa love babies too, and I decided the mod-kids all needed bibs to show how much the rest of the mods love them.
For the lettering and the hearts, I used embroidery stitches that came built in the machine. Pretty, huh?
I wasn't feeling super confident about lining up the lettering, so I made sure to do a sample first. This was a good thing, as you can see by my mistake in the sample!
Once I had each line positioned the way I wanted it, I saved it into the sewing machine computer, so that the details would be there for the next bib I made as well. (The machine can hold up to 12 patterns at a time, which is VERY handy!)
Embroidering on terrycloth is a bit more challenging than on regular cotton, not just because it's stretchy, but also because of the nap. To ensure proper thread coverage, you have to use a layer of wash away stabilizer on top of the terrycloth. If you forget, this is what happens!!
Ooops! Good thing I caught it fast enough to rip it out!
It took me several bibs to get the hang of positioning the tearaway stabilizer, the bib AND the wash away stabilizer in the hoop. So for the first few bibs, I just lay the top layer of stabilizer across the hoop. This worked okay
, but not fantastic.
After sewing, I trimmed away the excess stabilizer and washed it out. You can also see here that I basted the bib to the stabilizer before I put it in the hoop. I didn't baste it because it didn't fit, like with the leather
and the sweater
, but because the bib was stretchy, but the stabilizer wasn't (hence the name stabilizer
). That made it really difficult to stretch it tight in the hoop! By basting the bib first, I was able to stretch it while basting and that worked much better.
They turned out so cute!
I've still got at least one more to make (and who knows, there may be more babies!
), so it's a good thing I bought 2 packages of bibs!
Since I was a roll with the bibs, I decided to make a bib especially for taloola
and little warren-g. If you've swapped with taloola
, you may know about her chicken obsession. She has two; her "girls" that live in a pen in her yard (and are soooo much softer than you'd expect! They're really pretty too!), as well as what seems like a million chickens of her neighbours that roam all over the place. So when you think of taloola, you think of chickens (in a nice way, I promise!
)!Memory Card No 42 - Farm
actually has several chicken/poultry options, so Ichose the one that had the most contrast against the white bib.
By this point I'd mastered enclosing all three layers in the hoop, which was much handier.
It's very cool to watch the machine embroider, and after a while you start to figure out how it "thinks." When it's embroidering something that's really thread heavy, it starts with a base like this.
The LCD screen tells you what colour to use, and shows you what part of the pattern it's embroidering with that colour. See how the shape on the screen and the shape in the picture below are the same?
cluck cluck cluck!