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Creating Hand Embroidery Patterns

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Do you like to create hand embroidered blocks for your quilts but can never find just the right pattern? Well, you can now create your very own patterns with this tutorial.

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Creating Hand Embroidery Patterns

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Decorative Cushion Cover using the Janome Memory Craft 15000

One thing I have found while teaching embroidery classes is how often customers don’t know the little treasures they have hidden away in their machines. This is a quick little project that gets you using your machine to its full potential.

 

First we need to prepare the fabrics for the project, we will start with the white homespun. Cut out two 17″x 17″ block and a 16″ x 8″ rectangle, set one of the blocks and the rectangle aside for the moment. With the other block, use the Sewing Revolutions The Block marker and mark out the center point of the block of fabric. Mark the center point with an erasable quilting marker.

Choose a contrasting coloured quilting cotton and cut a 17″ x 17 ” block. Mark out the center of this block just as you did with the white one.

Rotate the block so that you now have a diamond in front of you. Using a quilting ruler and a rotary cutter, cut the diamond into four triangles.  Repeat this process with the white blocked that you have marked out. Once you have done that you can set two of the coloured triangles and two of the white triangles aside. We will only need two of each for the cushion. You can always use the remaining triangles to make a matching pair.

Arrange the triangle so that the front of your cushion looks like the picture above. Grab one triangle of white and one triangle of your contrasting fabric and pin the seams together.

Select the Patchwork function from the Applications menu of your sewing machine.

Attached the O Foot (the quarter inch) to your sewing machine.

Check that you have the correct bobbin holder, the one with no markings on it in your machine . Thread your sewing machine with your white sewing thread and place the matching bobbin into place.

Go ahead and stitch the two contrasting triangles together so that you now have a larger one.  Open out the triangles and press with your iron. Repeat this with the other two triangles. Remembering that when you pin and stitch them together you will need to make sure that when they open the colours create a checker effect.

Once you have completed this task for both sets of triangles, you will now need to stitch the two larger triangles together. Make sure that the four corners match up neatly in the center. Pin together and use the quarter inch seam allowance to stitch together.

Once you have stitched the fabric pieces back into a square you can open it out and press with the iron. The next step is to cut a piece of medium weight tear away stabilizer to fit the SQ23 hoop. Place the SQ23 on the clothsetter, using the center point cross line up and hoop up your fabric and stabilizer. Don’t forget to attach the magnets to the hoop and tighten the screw.

Check that you have the embroidery carriage attached to your machine before you turn it on. Check that you have the bobbin holder in with the yellow dot and the bobbin is filled with Janome Bobbinfil. Attach the embroidery foot (P foot) to your machine and put the machine into embroidery mode.

Once the machine is in embroidery mode, go into the built in designs on the machine. Open up the World of Embroidery Folder on your machine and scroll through to page 6. Select design #32

Thread your embroidery machine with WonderFil #4141. Attach the hoop to the machine and check that the needle lines up with the center of the fabrics. If the needle doesn’t line up, us the arrows on the screen to adjust the needle point until it is sitting in the center of the fabrics.

Stitch out the first colour change. When it is completed change the colour to RA#2517 and stitch out the following two colour changes.  Once you have finished stitch out the embroidery design, remove the hoop from the machine and remove all the tear away from the back of the design. Press with the iron.

Using the Sewing Revolutions – The Block Marker, trim the embroidered block down to a 15″ x 15″ block. The reason we are trimming back after we have completed the stitch out and not before is to allow for any shrinkage in the fabric and you will always get shrinkage when embroidering.

You can now set that piece aside for the moment.

Now with the 16′ x 8″ rectangle, mark out a 1/2″ line from the edge of the 16″ side. Fold this over and pin and press, than remove pins, fold, press and pin again. So that you have the raw edge of the fabric inside the fold.

Return your machine back into sewing mode and replace the bobbin holder. Retread your machine with the white sewing thread and restore the bobbin. Using the top stitch application, stitch down both sides of the fold.

Once you have completed this task for the rectangle, you will need to do this to the white 17″ x 17″ block as well.

Lay the embroidered block down with the embroidery facing up, now lay the short rectangle piece down over the tip with the right side facing down and the seamed end facing towards the center of the block. Now lay the white block down over the top with the seamed end facing the center and right side facing down towards the embroidery piece.

Pin the two seamed ends to the embroidered block towards the center of the block. Turn the block over so that the embroidered block is on the top. Pin around the edge of the block. Using a 1/4″seam allowance stitch around the edge of the block. Trim the extra fabric away and trim the corners back. Turn in the correct way.

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Decorative Cushion Cover

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Cross Stitch Book Mark using Horizon Link

When I get a new sewing machine I guess I am like a kid in a candy story, I need to try everything out. So one late saturday night about 10:30pm I came across this interesting design on the last page of the cross stitch embroidery folder and knew right away what I was going to create.

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With this project I decided to focus on creating the design in the Horizon Link software that comes with the Janome Memory Craft 15000 and sending it to the machine through the WIFI.

Firstly, you will need to make sure you that the Horizon Link software loaded onto your computer. Once you have the program installed you can go ahead and open it.

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Select the EmbLink Tool icon, this will take you into the next step.

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From the next list, select the Editing Embroidery Designs icon. Click on the icon so it opens into the edit page.

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Now that you are in the editing  (home) page, click on the icon that says design and looks like a little folder with a heart in it. This will  take you in to your computer to find the design we wish to use.

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So you should now have this image   of you. We will be using a built -in designs  that comes with the Janome Memory Craft 15000, but we do not have our machine tethered to our computer, so we will not be using the icons that are listed under the machine list. We will be select the design folder from the list under the PC.

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So  now we have all the design grouped into the little folders that correspond with the folder that are built-in on the machine. Select the 12#Cross Stitch Design folder from the list.

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So on the very bottom of the list you will see design Cross Stitch Design_4_05.jef , this is the design we are going to use for our project. So go ahead and select the design.

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Once you have select the design, the program will take you back into the edit screen and you will have the design center in the middle of the hoop. Our next step is to select the drop down arrow from the Embroidery Edit icon in the toolbar. From the list of hoops, select the SQ14.

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Now you should have your design in the center of the SQ14 hoop. From the list of icons on the top of the toolbar, select the View icon. This will take you in to the page that we can now zoom in on our design. Go ahead and click on the Zoom in icon and click on the design until you can zoom no more.

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Now from the list of icons on the top of the page, select the EDIT icon on the middle. Once you have open the edit page, locate the ROTATE icon from the list and rotate the design 90.

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You should now have your design sitting vertically on the page.

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Select the design and holding down the left click on the mouse, drag the design up the page so that it is sitting use on the horizontal crosshairs of the hoop.

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Select the copy and paste function for the list, when you copy and paste the second design will come in to the page and sit directly over the top of the original design, but in the Design list on the right and side of the screen you will see that two designs will appear.

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Check that you have the second design selected, you can tell because it will be highlighted blue in the design list  toolbar. Now move the design down the page so the  top row of stitches just covers the bottom row of the first design.

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Now you can select the Colour Grouping icon from the list. This process will go through and group the two single designs into one design and then group the colours, so you will be going from an eight colour change design down to a four colour change design.

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You can see in the Design List tool bar on the right hand side of the computer this process.

Now click on the Home icon from the list at the top of the page and click on the icon that is at the top left corner, it looks like a circle. From this list select the Connection Setting.

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Check to see if your machine is listed, if it is not listed like mine, make sure that you have the machine turned on and it in embroidery mode. Also check that all the warning messages are off the machine so all you can see in your machine is the home screen.

Check that the Wireless LAN is selected and press search, once the computer has finished searching for your machine it will appear in the list. Click on your machine so that it is highlighted and press OK. The box will then disappear when you machine and computer are connected.

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Once you are back to the previous screen you can select the SEND icon and this will send it two your embroidery machine.

Now that we have the design aspect of this project ready, we can now focus on

our fabric, hoop preparation and colour choices.

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Go ahead and hoop up the SQ14 hoop with a single layer of wash away stabilizer. For a project like this we alway use the woven type of wash away.

Cut the 14 count ada cloth to a 6inch x 8 inch rectangle, we will be floating the fabric for this project. You can now take the hoop to your machine and thread the machine with a white WonderFil Konfetti thread for the project. We use this type of Egyptian cotton for the project, because it gives a better coverage and a more traditional cross stitch finish also make sure you have genuine Janome bobbinfil in your bobbin.

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Using the basting stitch on your machine, baste the ada cloth down to the hoop. When you have competed the basting you can stitch out the first colour change.

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Once you have finished the first colour change, remove the white from the machine. Rethread the machine with the next colour, for this project we used the Wonder Konfetti #Col.KT614 and stitch out the next colour change.

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Once you come to the third colour change you can choose a different colour and rethread or you can do as we have and repeat the same colour.

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You should now be up to the final colour change. Go ahead and unthread your machine and retread it with the WonderFil Konfetti #Col.Kt605 and stitch out the last colour change.

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When you have completed the design you can remove it from the machine, go a head and remove the hoop from the machine.Cut back the wash away stabilizer from the reverse side of the design.

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Put your embroidery carriage back into the home place and change to the sewing mode. Wind a bobbin with the WonderFil Konfetti #Col.Kt605 thread and set it in the machine. Put the clear F2 foot on to your sewing machine and select the triple straight stitch. Measure out two grid squares from the corners and mark with an erasable marker pen. Using the chosen stitch, stitch out a board around the outside of the embroidery design.

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Then from the border measure out another 6 grids and cut any excess fabric back to this mark. Remove the extra threads back to this stitch line. Wash out the wash away stabilizer and when dry press with an iron.

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Gothic Style Lacy Doily

I love to test all the built-in designs on my Memory Craft 15000, and if you are anything like me you never read the “destruction’s” before you start. So one day I decided I was stitching out the lace on my machine and as you do when you go like a bull at a gate, I assumed the lace was free standing lace. Well did I assume wrong and was left with a big mess of sticky threads at the end of that project.  So, I have decide to put together a little project using the build-in lace design. Enjoy!

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Firstly, you will need 1/2m of black organza fabric, black embroidery thread and a empty bobbin. This project will take four bobbins to complete it, so it is up to you whether your refill the single bobbin after each block or whether you just wind four and be done with it. You will also need about 1m  wash away stabilizer, your SQ14 size hoop and both the P (embroidery Foot) and the F foot. For the project we also used Janome Red Tip needles. We always use Janome needles because the built in needle thread is set to the correct height of the Janome needles. Don’t forget your general sewing and embroidery supplies like scissors.

Firstly we are going to start at the computer. So go ahead and open the Horizon Link Suite software, and select the EMBlink Tool icon.

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Next you will need to select the Editing Embroidery Design icon.

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This will now take you into the edit screen. Now select the icon that says Designs, it looks like a folder with a heart inside.

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You will now be able to locate your designs that are saved on your computer, whether they are built-in from your machine or downloads, you can access them all from here.

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Because we are using a built-in design for this project, you will need to select the Design Folder from the list under the PC heading.

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It will now take you into the list of folders that are on your machine, the designs are grouped into these folders. Go a head and open the 14_Lace Design folder.

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From the list of design in this folder select the Lace_1_03.jef .

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Now that we are back to the edit screen, select embroidery edit from the toolbar at the top of the page and select the SQ14 hoop.

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Using the Connection Setting located in the file icon in the top left corner, check that your embroidery machine is connected to your WiFi. Once you have established a connection it will come up on the list and click OK.

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Now you are ready to send the design across to your embroidery machine. To do this click on t the Send icon at the top of the screen.

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Now you should have the design appear on the edit screen of your machine.

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Using the stylus, scroll down the arrow keys on the right hand side of the edit screen, until you come to the Single Colour Sewing Key icon and select it.

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A warning will now ask you if you would like to sew all layers without stopping to change colours. Select OK.

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You will now go back to the sew screen, but you will now notice that the design is all grayed out. This indicates that you will now be sewing all colours as one without stopping.

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Your machine is now set up. The next task is to go ahead and wind the black embroidery thread onto the empty bobbin/s. For the purpose of this project we used Robinson-Anton Embroidery thread.

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Using the SQ14hoop, hoop up two layers of wash away stabilizer with one layer of black organza fabric.

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Using the red bobbin case, place the bobbin in your machine and thread the machine with the matching black embroidery thread. I always recommend using Janome needles in your Janome sewing and embroidery machines.  Especially if you have an automatic needle threads as they are set to the high of your Janome needles and all needles are not the same.  For lace projects I recommend using the Janome red tip needles. You are all ready to go now. Stitch out your design.

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Once you have completed the stitch out, you can remove any extra fabric and stabilizer from the edge of the design.

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Repeat this process until you have all four embroidery blocks completed. Now that you have completed the embroidery aspect of the project, you can now put your machine into sewing mode. We will leave the same bobbin and bobbin case in place, but you will need to change your embroidery (P) foot to the Satin Stitch (F) foot.

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Select stitch #25 from the Satin list and change the stitch width to 5mm.

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Tack the blocks together at the point that they meet. Make sure you use the Auto-Lock Button to secure the stitches, so they do not unravel when you wash them. Once you have all four blocks joined together, fill an ice-cream container with hot water and dissolve the stabilizer according to the manufactures instructions. Once you have finished washing your lace, lay it flat to dry. Finally once it is dry give it a press with the iron and you are ready to displace your latest creation.

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Gothic Style Lace Doily Project Notes

 

 

 

 

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Tea Cut Pin Cushion

One of the surprising thing that I encounter  is how often I create a project and get asked where did I get the design from. Nine times out of ten it is a built in on my  machines. So I decided to create this simple tea cup pin cushion to feature one of the many fringing designs that come with the Janome MC15000.

The first thing we will need to do is set up our embroidery machine, so make sure your machine is off and attach the embroidery carriage.  Go ahead and turn on you machine and put it into embroidery mode.

Now we can go ahead and open the built in embroidery designs folder on the home page, you know the little flower symbol. So when it opens click on the flower again, it will not appear over next to the image of hoops. This will take you to the menu of the groups that each design is in. Scroll down the pages until you find the group of fringing designs and open the folder, now scroll down to page three and select design #5.

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Now you will need to open the edit screen and change the hoop to the SQ14. While you are in the edit screen Copy & Paste the design to the design so that it is sitting in the top Left of the original design.

While having the new design selected, select the cornering tool. This will now copy and paste the design into the other three corners.teacup step2

So once we  have a set of 5 on the edit screen, Select one and copy and paste until you have 9 flowers to the design.

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Once you have all 9 flowers in the edit screen, scroll through the edit options until you find the colour grouping option. The icon looks like two reals of colour one red and the other blue. Select the icon and it will open to a new page, press OK on the page and when it takes you back to the home screen all the colours will be grouped. This will help cut down on the thread changing process.

For this project we used the Wonderfil range, and chose a Light , a Medium and a dark Pink for the flower and a yellow center.

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Now that we have your design ready, we can go ahead and hoop up your chosen fabric and a piece of medium weight tear away stabilizer in the SQ14 hoop. For the teacup that I created, I started with the darkest thread. So in order according to to the colour changes my selection what dark pink, medium pink, light pink and finally yellow. Once all colours have been stitch out the design will be completed. Now comes the real fun.

Remove the piece of fabric from the hoop and remove the stabilizer from the back of the pattern. Using a small pair of snips or embroidery thread scissors, remove the bobbin fill from the reverse side of the design.

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Now you can remove the piece of stabilizer from behind the flower. You will need to complete this for all of the flowers.

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When you have done so, flip the piece of fabric over. Using a pair of tweezers gently pull the threads back through to the right side of the fabric.

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Using Fray Stop add couple of drops to the reverse centers  just to help hold everything in place. Once the fray stop is dry. Place the piece of embroidered fabric on a flat surface. Using the Sewing Revolutions circular ruler, make the 4″ makers to from a circle around the embroidery.

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Now trim back the extra fabric from around the design.

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Using a hand sewing needle and some thread, create a basting stitch around the edge of the fabric.

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Once you have created the stitch, slowly gather the fabric so that you and start to add the top fill. You will need to add enough that it creates a firm ball in behind the fabric.

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Once you have got a consistency that you are happy with tie the two ends of the threads together so that you don’t loose the shape.

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Using a craft glue and a paint brush, add glue to the inside of the cut and push the ball into the cup make sure that you leave enough out so that the flowers are still sitting out on the top of the tea cup. Allow for the glue to dry over night.

When it is dry, mix together the Epoxy Adhesive according to manufactures instructions. Add the Epoxy Adhesive to the center of the teacup, press the teacup down so that it is sitting in the Epoxy Adhesive, if you would like to have the teacup on the angle you will need to find something for the teacup to rest against until the Epoxy is set.

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Once the Epoxy is set you are all ready to start using your new Teacup Pincushion.