What was I thinking?! Days before I left to go to the Sewing Summit, I ordered a Brother PE770 embroidery machine off of Amazon.
I had debated the idea of purchasing an embroidery machine for some time, but it was my friend Lila's oohing and aahing over a couple of "stinkin' cute" reversible dresses that my friend RaeAnna (of Sewing Mama RaeAnna) appliqued for me that pushed me over the edge! Before I knew it, I was researching machines and placing an order! I had no idea what I was getting myself into! Ha!
It was at least a week after I returned from my trip before I could really try out my new "toy", and things didn't go so well at first. During my test run of the new embroidery machine, the upper thread wrapped around a small piece of felt that is attached to the bobbin case with some adhesive on the back. Of course the machine jammed, and I had to take the metal plate off just to clean out the mess. The little piece of felt was now not so sticky anymore and several more similar failures occurred.
After discussing these issues with RaeAnna several more times as well as consulting numerous online resources and a Facebook embroidery group, I decided to try some of the Pellon #40 cut away stabilizer. I also took a little Elmer's stick glue and stuck that little felt piece back down to my bobbin case (because the Brother authorized service rep said it would be at least 3 weeks before he could even look at my machine). After making these adjustments as well as tightening the bobbin screw about an eighth of a turn, I finally had success!
I made a couple more test runs and then made my daughter this cute little t-shirt! My first appliqued item! Yay!
Now my friend Lila had a friend who wanted me to make her granddaughter a similar "stinkin' cute" little reversible dress. After exchanging emails and pictures of fabric and applique designs back and forth Monday morning, this is what I made...
Covered button for the closure on the back using more of the Heirloom fabric.
And for the reverse side of the dress, we have a cute elf shoe filled with a lolly pop and candy cane. I just love the soft pink and green colors! Don't you? The shoe fabric is the green on green chevron from Riley Blake Designs.
Covered button for the closure on this side of the dress as well.
I know I still have a lot to learn, but I was extremely pleased with the end result. I certainly hope that little Lucy will enjoy her new dress as much as my daughter and Lila's daughter have enjoyed theirs! Thanks again, RaeAnna, for all your help! I hope I'll eventually be able to embroider as well as you!