* To see the overview of this Master Crafters campaign click here
* To read more about the Brother Innov-ís 900D Embroidery and Sewing machine at Brother's website click here
.Brother Innov-ís 900D - Get Out Your Sunglasses for This Pillow!
Ok, once I was comfortable using the sewing part of the machine, I decided to try out one of the embroidery cards. They are so cute and little! I used Memory Card No. 14 – Large Floral Patterns
first since it did not seem so complex to me. For those of you who know me, I am not much of a pastel person nor do I favor flowers much!
But, I felt challenged to use the cards that Brother sent to me, so I asked if it was ok to change up the colors to suit my personal style and taste to what I like to make! Woo-hoo!! Once I got the OK, I decided to rummage through my scraps and decided to make a pillow!
This is the card I used:
See how simple it is to use?
The inspiration fabric was the one on the left. I took the color chart provided with the embroidery card and substituted colors close to the ones in the inspiration fabric. I had to get turquoise because the blues sent to me did not match as much as I wanted. Fortunately, there was a huge sale at the fabric store!
Close up of design. If you are new to machine embroidery like I was, be sure to leave extra room around your fabric to help you equal things out after you finish your design. It will take a bit more practice for me to get the pattern lined up perfectly using the tools that came with the Brother sewing machine, but I think I did pretty good for my first try!
Oh, the trim was ripped off of some fancy schmancy guest hand towels (who uses those anyway???
) Could it be any more matchey-matchey? I just lucked out! YAY!
I made a button placket in back. Let me tell you--making buttonholes was a dream! All three are PERFECT! I love love the buttonhole maker on this machine! batgirl
, do you recognize the little sunflower buttons?
After making this pillow, I decided that if I was going to be changing up the colors, I needed one of those thread holders. It keeps me more organized and I can get inspired everytime I see those little jewels! Can you believe that I got all of those colors? I purchased the metallics on my own and will be showcasing those in future projects!
A couple of things I learned:
1. Wind up extra bobbins. Although it is really easy to not lose your place or to start again if you run out, it is so much easier if you have these ready! The bobbin thread does seem to last a very, very long time. I think I did three fairly big projects on one bobbin!
2. Preshrink your fabric, especially if you are using the wash away stabilizer. I do that right after I purchase the fabric so that I can go when I am inspired!
3. Do a test if you are not sure of the color combo. Since I quilt, I felt pretty confident and did not do this, but when you read my next project, you will see that it caught up with me! ha ha
4. Challenge yourself...sometimes when you are given restrictions, like a preset pattern, you can get creative by changing colors, sizes, reverse the image, etc. I loved this part of the campaign!
5. When in doubt, refer to the manual! The manual was very clear and kept me from panicking! I read the whole thing before I even started this project, but when the thread broke the first time in the middle, I thought I was going to ruin my project! Thank goodness I had bookmarked the page (like I knew that would definitely happen to me!
Any questions or comments? Thanks.