Sewing- Day # 9

I want to start by saying Thank you to for giving me the great advice on how to embroider items that don’t fit in the hoop! I finally took the time to try it yesterday!!!

I couldn’t figure out how to embroider on an oven mitt because they wouldn’t fit in the hoop. In the comments section of one of our previous posts it was suggested that I baste the oven mitt and let it “float” on the hoop. I’m not sure if I did it as described to me but it worked!!!

Here is what I did…

I centered the hoop on my piece of stabilizer and used a fabric marking pen to trace the outline.

I sewed a basting stitch just inside the marked line to hold the oven mitt to the stabilizer.

I attached the hoop to the stabilizer only, allowing the oven mitt to “float” on top of the hoop.

And then I stitched the pattern on the same way I normally would.

And then all I had to do was remove it from the hoop, remove the basting stitch and cut the threads. I finally embroidered on an oven Mitt!

Thank you again


Sewing Day #8

As you have probably noticed from my recent Sewing Posts, I have been having a great time playing around with my new sewing machine lol.

With Mother’s day just past, I used it as an opportunity to play some more…. not only did I make my Mother-in-law a cool reusable bag that says, “Check Meowt” I also made her a monogrammed handkerchief!

I know that not many people actually use them any more but I still thought it was a nice little gift!

For Kim, I got her a cute bracelet that says, “Mama Bear,” and I stitched/embroidered her a little gift bag to put it in with one of her favourite characters on it… Betty Boop!!!

That is the sewing I managed to get done for Mother’s Day and the gifts were greatly appreciated.


Day #7 – Playing with my Sewing Machine

Sunday I was having a bit of a crappy day and I thought maybe sewing/embroidering something might help. I have barely had a chance to get into my craft room to do any sewing in what feels like weeks.

I bought a bunch of inexpensive tea towels, pillow cases, towels, handkerchiefs and such to practice on and will share what I make as I do them!

This time I decided to make myself something. And I did a little embroidery on a shirt for Dillon… a shirt that I was supposed to do something else with ages ago!

Because Dillon is so into cycling, I thought I would make his shirt in that theme. I downloaded a cyclist from one of the sites I mentioned in “Finding Free Embroidery Patterns,” and put it on the shirt with his name! He was pretty happy with how it turned out!

Next I decided to make myself a couple of tea towels with some kind of “Grandma” theme. Again, I found these patterns on one of those sites and I was really happy with how well they turned out. I now have them displayed in my kitchen so I can enjoy them all the time!

I am still trying to navigate my way through the Embroidery software I bought but once I do, I will share with everyone the patterns I make!


Finding Machine Embroidery Patterns/Designs

I have been amazed at the number of FREE machine embroidery patterns I have been able to find… and nice ones at that. Many of the sites I will list below offer a set number of free patterns per week, and more if you also make purchases. Each site has easy sign up and most have the ability to create a wish list of patterns you like, both free and to purchase, so you can just add the free ones to your shopping cart each week.

Each pattern allows you to download to suit your machine, format and hoop size. Because my machine is a Brother, I download in a .pes format and a 4 x 4 hoop size.

I have already accumulated a very large number of both paid and free patterns in designs that will enable me to make some really great gifts for next Christmas as well as other occasions along the way!

Etsy has also been a great place to find great prices on some licensed and other patterns, if you are looking for something specific!


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Day # 6 – Playing with my Sewing Machine

Because the 2 things I am posting about were also Easter gifts I thought I would post them together and right after my other Easter embroidery project.

I have become almost as addicted to looking at new machine embroidery patterns as I have become at sewing the patterns. The two I did this time… again for my granddaughter… were so cute I had to incorporate them into her Easter/Birthday gifts.

Let me start by saying that my granddaughter LOVES books… almost any book! I have loved reading since I was little, and desperate enough at times for something to read that I would read the encyclopedias lol, hopefully with us all supplying her with reading material she won’t get that desperate lol! One of her favourite books, series of books, are the Llama Llama books so when I saw a pattern for a really cute llama head I had to do it! I put the llama pattern on another onesie and I also found a pattern for a “My First Easter” bib that I also did!


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Day #5 – Playing with my Sewing Machine – Embroidered Name on Dollar Store Easter Bunny

Big title, huh lol? I can’t believe that it’s been almost a month since my Day #4 post about my sewing machine! Between my granddaughter’s birthday and Easter I haven’t had a lot of time to just go to the Craft Room and play, or if I have been down there it’s just to complete a project and then haven’t had time to sit down and actually type the post!

Today I start on my laundry room!!! A big job that is going to not only require my organization skills, but painting, a bit of drywall, painting a concrete floor as a few examples. I know it won’t be done overnight but I am looking forward to getting it done finally….. but for today….

Here is an Easter Bunny I bought from the dollar store to try to embroider my granddaughter’s name on. I did have some tension issues… something I have been struggling a bit with (you can see where I had tension issues on the letter “S,” and other spots)… some things come out perfectly and others require various tension changes throughout the patterns. I did anticipate this would be a learning experience and it has been… and a fun one!


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Cat Themed Tea Towels

As you can imagine… I am having a whole lot of fun playing with my new sewing machine. It is so much fun to be able to do small embroidered designs on things as well as regular sewing. The biggest thing I was looking for when I first started looking for my new sewing machine was an automatic needle threader…. I ended up with that and more.

Yesterday I did these tea towels. I have been planning on getting them done for over a week now. When I bought my sewing machine, my mother-in-law liked the sounds of it so much that she too ordered one. She runs a cat hotel and as you can assume, has a lot of cat related items in her home. I thought these tea towels would be a great addition AND show her what our machines are capable of!

I have found some great sites for free (and pain) embroidery patterns to download. The patterns on these towels are ones I downloaded from one of these sites!

(*Next I want to try to embroider some dragonflies onto the ends of pillowcases I picked up from the dollar store!!!!)


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