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1  Re: I'm new, needing advice on learning to machine embroider please in Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions by aliengrace on: June 11, 2008 03:24:43 AM
Oh right, "thread painting"? Thanks for the links!

This is a tutorial on it, a lot of people seem to refer to it as "free-motion machine embroidery" or "freehand machine embroidery":

So there isn't really a place on Craftster (yet) for free-motion machine embroidery? Maybe I should ask the moderators to create one, if this ain't the place.

Starting tonight! W00t!! Inspired by all the many beautiful examples on etsy and flickr!

ETA: The Nancy Price thread painting links are very interesting, they show how one can do 3D type appliques, but the instructions can just as easily apply to "line art".

I went over to the Quilting section of Craftster, wasn't much on free-motion machine embroidery, but I found this advice from kellen46:
Uneven stitch lengths in your quilting is a result of uneven feeding the fabric under the needle. You tend to go faster on the straightways and so get bigger stitches, you go slower on the curves so get the smaller ones. Free motion is like trying pat your head and rub your tummy at the same time. Your machine needs to go fast as can be but your hands need to go slow and steady. If you have a machine that can go to slower speed it might help you in learning to machine quilt. If not work on setting your sewing speed with your foot peddle. One other reason you stitching is uneven may be that you are too tense when you sew, this leads to jerky movement, you will get spikeys rather than curvies, and your needle will "Jump". You will get better as you do more, it is a matter of practice, practice, practice.

Also this link to a video: http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.com/2008/03/free-motion-quilting.html

And a link to a flickr discussion: http://www.flickr.com/groups/quilts/discuss/72157603769221154/

This is my first attempt at free-motion machine embroidery an hour ago (complete with thread snags and breakages, oh my!)

I am SO excited!!!

Right, signing off on this thread. Hope the OP and anyone else finds the info in this comment useful!
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2  Re: Darwin anyone? in AUSTRALIA by aliengrace on: June 11, 2008 03:14:50 AM
Hey, just moved here from Melbourne! Bit of a contrast! And so much suckier for craft supplies, fabric in particular can be such a ripoff when ordering online, and the shops here aren't so good. I miss all the cheap Asian/Middle Eastern fabric stores.

But the beautiful weather (for NOW, heheh) is doing wonders for my creativity and inclination to craft!! I'm in Coconut Grove, BTW.

Here's a skirt I just made. I got the cool shot taffeta in Singapore, not locally!

This is me being true-blue *sarcasm* at Darwin airport:
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3  Corset-like black/purple pvc fetish top <---- pic heavy in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by aliengrace on: December 30, 2006 11:38:09 PM
Hi, I just made a fetish-y top and I took photos as I went so I could share the process of making it.  You can click on the photos for a closer look via Flickr (and then if you're really interested in the hi-res version, you can click on 'All sizes').

the fetish top i've been making:

lining panels being sewn together, pattern pieces shown:

panels for lining (cotton drill) and fashion fabric (heavyweight garment pvc) now assembled:

i've just sewn the lining and fashion fabric layers down the seams, a little to one side - no stitch in the ditch for me:

detail of zip just having been set in centre back:

i've just sewn the boning channels; cable-tie bone shown also with rounded edge:

i'm in the process of sewing the pvc edge binding to the top of the bodice:

detail of sewing the edge binding at top (had to baste the corner into place but I now have a better method, turn the binding over so the right sides are together and stitch it square, then flip the binding back):

detail of marking end of boning, for figuring out where to put the edge binding at the bottom:

detail of finished edge binding at centre back zip:

the finished bodice part:

adding the harness (i had to do this in a hurry and didn't take more photos):

The pattern was a real slow pain to make, it was the first time I'd made anything skin-tight, especially as I have an asymmetrical back (a big scoliosis hump).  I drafted a close-fitting bodice block to my measurements, removed all the ease, doubled the bust dart, added front and back princess seam lines, and fooled around a lot to make lift-and-push-together boobage (what boobage I do have).  It took me 3 or 4 mock-up toiles with boning inserted before I was kinda happy with it.  Of course, more bones, more seams, more lining = better bust support.

I bought a walking foot halfway through making the top, and let me tell you, they ROCK.  Well worth it, I got mine from ebay! Leaves my teflon foot for dead when working with vinyl.  And so much less shifty shifting around of the layers, when the foot has a top-feed-dog as well as a bottom one in the machine!

As for the hardware, I used leatherworking tools and supplies. I lined all the straps with drill, and then punched very small holes for the rivets to push through.  This was to prevent the straps stretching and pulling the rivets out.

If anyone is interested, I can try to take a pic of myself wearing the thing.  And if anyone's got any questions, feel free to ask, it's a bit hard to know what to explain. x
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