I have a special birthday party to attend next week. The Birthday Boy, born on 9/9/09, will proudly tell you that “I’m growing-up. I’m going to be four”
Well, I don’t know where those four years have gone, but I’ve had a collection of embroidery designs for longer than that begging to be used…
I hunted for these on Ebay after seeing a sweater using several of the designs in Sew News. I was lucky to have found the collection, as it is no longer available from a dealer.
Getting to work!
- I purchased a Lands’ End scherpa-lined hoodie
- changed the hair color in the design from black to “blonde”
- reduced the design density from 11,000 stitches to 9000.
Changing the hair color required “zooming-in” on the design and viewing a simulation of the stitch-out on the computer. As I watched the player, I was able to insert a new color, and then resume the black thread color. Getting the stops in the right place is important, so that a yellow outline on the soccer player and a yellow soccer ball can be avoided!
Hooping the hoodie:
As I mentioned, this sweatshirt has a hood, and a scherpa lining. Ideally sweatshirts should be “hooped”, but because of the sleeve, hood and bulkiness of this project I did the following:
- affixed a cutaway mesh stabilizer to the inside of the sweatshirt (scherpa) using a spray adhesive
- hooped a washaway sticky stabilizer, scored it and peeled the topping away to expose the “sticky”
- taped my printed design template to the hoodie and centered it in the hoop
Cutaway stabilizers are recommended for embroidering on knits so that the stitches don’t wobble and distort during the stitching and the design is well-supported on the garment.
At the Machine:
Attach the hoop and “fine-tune” so the needle penetrates at the center of the design. Baste around the design, if your machine does this, so that the garment & stabilizer are attached. I recorded the coordinates of the center after adjusting, just in case. I’m living dangerously and did not do a test stitch-out…
Some people leave their machines to embroider by themselves, unsupervised.
Some people use baby monitors to listen for problems in “Embroideryland.”
I am not in either of those camps. I watch like a hawk. I hold my breath (sometimes, like today) so that I can hear the clunking of a bird’s nest in-the-making, or watch the innocent needle falling out from the vibration, or having to re-thread after a thread break. All of these things happened today.
After tending to these hiccups, I came close to needing the initially recorded coordinates having found it necessary to remove the hoop from the machine while performing minor surgery (during the final color block, of course!)
Ninety minutes after sitting at the machine, we have success.
- trim jump stitches
- trim stabilizer
- press & admire
Ayden will be ready for soccer.
- Namaste (seamsandfinishes.com)