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« on: January 04, 2011 07:35:56 PM »

So, for some sad reason, this tote took me three nights to make. Sad, I know.  I'm still fairly new to the embroidery part, though, so tha accounts for most of it. It took me three hours to embroider this, and I STILL forgot to stabalize it, so it bunchy as all get out. The flash actually hid most of the bunchy-ness, but trust me, it's bunchy. Anyway, I snagged this deisng from Urban Threads back when they offered it for free for Banned Book Week because I just KNEW my friend Marisa would love it. She's a total book-a-holic, and who couldn't use another tote, right? So the idea was born, the embroidery pattern was had, and it still took me months more to get my rear in gear and get started. And then I forgot the stabalizer. Oh, well. I used contact paper in the hoop and the stuck the fabric on that (I'm cheap, and there's NOWHERE in my town to get sticky stabalizer. Or any stabalizer. So contact paper it is.) It works rather well as long as it's not something you're going to wear. I did have issues with my needle getting a bit gummed up and the thread breaking, but I couldn't tell if it was the gooey needle, or the cheap thread I got on sale that was the cause of the breakage. Anyway, it's not much, but I'm proud of it, lol, so here it is. Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2011 10:07:22 PM »

I love this!!! Reading banned books makes me feel naughty ;]]
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« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2011 08:01:49 AM »

It's cute!

It might be a gummy needle that's breaking your thread, based on my limited experience. When I sew clear vinyl windows into things (I Spy bags, wallets, etc.), I use paper masking tape to "baste" the vinyl into place. The result is a sticky needle. It does cause thread breakage. I keep a bottle of rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball nearby and stop every minute or so and give the needle AND thread a rubdown. It helps.

You could always do something without contact paper and see whether the thread holds up, too.

You might also try to order some stabilizer online...and then open a shop to the other deprived folks in your town! Wink
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« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2011 09:09:16 AM »

It's cute!

It might be a gummy needle that's breaking your thread, based on my limited experience. When I sew clear vinyl windows into things (I Spy bags, wallets, etc.), I use paper masking tape to "baste" the vinyl into place. The result is a sticky needle. It does cause thread breakage. I keep a bottle of rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball nearby and stop every minute or so and give the needle AND thread a rubdown. It helps.

You could always do something without contact paper and see whether the thread holds up, too.

You might also try to order some stabilizer online...and then open a shop to the other deprived folks in your town! Wink

That's not a bad idea! Once I get a bit better at this, lol. And I am going to try out the thread without the contact paper and see how it performs on its own. This was also a huge pattern compared to most of the ones I've got waiting to be tried out, so smaller ones may not have any trouble at all. 
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« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2011 10:15:44 AM »

That's very interesting...  You did a great job for winging it like that. I personally have never heard of using contact paper. I've heard of everything from organza to coffee filters...
My guess also is that it's the gummy-ness but cheap thread is just that... cheap, and that's the way it acts, so the thread breaking is probably from... all of the above.

When I have to use something sticky, I use spray adhesive. It's cheap and you don't need a lot. Before I start I wipe my needle with WD40 and have no problem at all through the whole emb. If the thread does break, I take that opportunity to wipe the needle again. Using a real embroidery needle helps some because the hole is a little different and allows more room for the thread when it punches the fabric so it's less likely to break...

PS: There's really stinky spray adhesive and not so stinky available. Try to get the one that's not of course. It's only about 3-4 bucks a can and lasts a long time. Practice on some darkish paper and see how much is going on before you spray your fabric. That way you won't get too much.

Very good job!
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« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2011 11:33:26 AM »

Ooh, Maxine, would you be able to use basting spray instead of an actual adhesive?  It acts like a temporary adhesive and is especially for fabrics.
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« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2011 04:58:17 PM »

Thanks, Maxine! I'll have to try that! Smiley I'm not great at hooping yet and a friend recommended the contact paper trick. I'm going to have to get some different things and play around until I figure what I can work with the best.  Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: January 06, 2011 10:02:46 AM »


When I have to use something sticky, I use spray adhesive.

Ooh, goodie! Duly noted! Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #8 on: January 30, 2011 01:27:31 PM »

Good to hear that you guys are open for suggestions even if they aren't ECOLOGICALLY ACCEPTABLE! I'm sure if the EPA had their way these sprays would be banned. I also use adhesive spray to make business cards... I'll share how I do that also if anyone is interested.

I'm posting this because there's spray that is especially made for embroidery and sewing. I bought a can when I first started embroidering. It cost $14.00 plus tax. Rediculous. I grew up more frugal than that. I guess it's supposed to contain less chemicals or whatever. The spray I use now costs between 4 and 5.00. I mean really! I don't huff it for cryin out loud. Just spray it outside if it's a lot and I spray inside when it's just a little. I made a large spray box. Get a large box, open it, loosely lay newspapers inside to line the bottom and sides. Before you spray something lay an extra piece of newspaper on the inside bottom and lay the project on that. When it gets a little sticky and you can't lay another project there, replace that piece with a clean one. Keep the box flaps up and when you finish spraying, close them. There's still going to be some over spray so be aware of that in regard to rugs and things. Eventually you'll have to replace all the papers in the box.

Remember, if your needle gums up you're using too much. That's normal when you first start using it. I did the same thing. Use just enough to make it adhere to the pre hooped backing and not move around or come up at the edges or pucker up when you stitch. Then you may have to use a bit more to keep it in place.

This method saves on fabric when you are using an embroidery as a patch...
Look at this...
http://www.etsy.com/listing/66332083/handmade-patchhand-embroidered-patchsew
It's hand embroidery but same principal. There's a big difference between using a piece of fabric large enough to hoop along with your backing and cutting a piece of fabric just large enough to spray and lay on the pre hooped backing. It only has to be large enough to work with the finished embroidery. I'm all about saving with me.

Aislynn... You can try the basting spray. You won't know till you try it  Wink But it's still going to cost more to replace than the adhesive spray. The one I'm using now is "General Purpose 45" by 3M

Here's some extra tips when using adhesive spray on a piece of fabric.

*If the fabric is drapey or thin you will need to take extra care when handling after you spray or it will roll when you pick it up and stick to itself and you'll have a mess. Use both hands, grab at the corners and keep it from waving around.
*For small projects it helps to have a pair of those tweezers that open when you squeeze them. That way you can carefully pick it up with them at a corner or edge and hold it without fear of dropping it on the floor before you get to the hoop with it.
*WD40 works well getting the sticky buildup off of stuff.
*Use WD40 on a rag and wipe it on your needle. That will help it stitch smoothly and not pick up any adhesive residue
*Keep a plastic ziplock bag with an old washcloth in it to use just for the WD40.

Go for it girls!
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« Reply #9 on: January 31, 2011 02:35:22 AM »

Really cute tote!  Love the image!
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