Here’s a quick tutorial - to make your own “embroidered” fabric using those fancy stitches on your sewing machine! Today I’ll show you the basics to prep the fabric and my first attempts.
I found some thrifted linen napkins in my stash that I cut down to 7-inch squares. I hope to make something with these squares…maybe a pillow.
Then I gathered some pretty shiny rayon embroidery thread. My sewing machine (Husqvarna Viking Designer Topaz 30) also does embroidery, but I have barely used it. So I have lots of this thread to spare.
Next I applied some light-weight tear-away stabilizer to the back of my fabric. This I also found at the thrift store and is the iron-on kind, but you can use any light-weight stabilizer or water soluble stabilizer.
I then drew some 1-inch lines on my fabric squares with washable pen.
My machine has tons of stitches but I really use just a few! So I played with some scrap fabric first to see what I would like.
And I really liked this zig-zag one made of little squares.
I started with my pink thread and let the machine do its thing. I did not pull or push my fabric too much, just guided it along the line I drew.
All done with the pink line!
Here’s the back. I used white thread in my bobbin. Those pink dots i.e. the pink thread showing through the back means I technically should adjust my tension a little bit so that all the pink stays on the top of the fabric. But it’s not tooooooo bad. I’ll leave it for now!
Onto the next color, and the next.
And finally all done. Will update this post with more stitches, using some simpler ones that most machines have available. Then in another post in the next week or so, I will show you what I made with my new “embroidered” fabrics!