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« on: November 06, 2009 06:58:39 AM »

This was the first machine embroidered picture I attempted. It's not completely free hand as I traced out a very simplistic outline on freezer paper then stitched through it and tore it away before going on to the detail and texture. I was really happy with it until I started to fill in the heavy black round his glasses frames and the fabric began to pucker up in the middle   Sad
I'm thinking of adding some colour to the arm of his glasses as they are a striking lime green in real life and are so distinctive that they were one of my main inspirations to stitch this.
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« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2009 07:42:53 AM »

That is so cool.  I have been wanting to try machine sketching like that, but it intimidates me.
I think the eyeglass arm would be awesome in lime green.
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« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2010 07:51:32 PM »

I loved this so much I made it the Craftster Pick of the Week over on MrXStitch!
http://www.mrxstitch.com/2010/01/31/craftster-pick-of-the-week-seamlessgems-man/
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« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2010 02:38:26 AM »

really nice work!! you probably already know this but you could use some interfacing on the back of your fabric, and tear it off when you're done if you want rid of it, this helps stop it puckering, also where i work they do computer programmed machine embroidery and use a disolve able embroidery film over the top to stop puckering, kind of looks like cling film!!  Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2010 10:30:44 AM »

Great idea about stabilizer and the machine and freezer paper is a great idea. This way anyone can "machine embroider".
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« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2010 10:38:05 AM »

wonderful piece--I love free style machine embroidery!!

The lime green would give it some pop but I also like it as it is!!
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« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2010 12:51:59 PM »

Amazing! But how did you do it? Did you use a special foot to move the fabric around???
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This is amazing! Yes-how do you do something like this?
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« Reply #8 on: March 08, 2010 02:21:25 AM »

Thanks for all the positive thoughts guys!

I use an embroidery/darning foot on my machine and hold the fabric in a hoop.
You don't need a fancy machine, you just have to be able to either drop the feed dogs(like my new machine) or cover them with a special plate(like my old one).
This means that the fabric isn't dragged through by the machine, you control the movement and enables you to "draw" with the thread.
If you look for free motion embroidery on You Tube there are quite a few demonstrations.
Have a go, it's very satisfying!
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