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Thread: Can you embroider on a normal sewing machine

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    Hi,

    I was just wondering if this was possible because I want to put names on Cuffs for Christmas stockings but I haven't a clue how to???????? I have a newish sewing machine and I also have a newish longarm so I don't want to be forking out for a cutting machine with expensive dies or an embroidery machine and I certainly won't be able to hand embroider (would love to be able!)

    Thanks for any ideas you might have ladies and gents x Oh aaaaaaaaaaaand I know about doing it on a printer as I even bought the paper that you can print onto fabric BUT at the moment the only access I have to a printer is my husbands work one and he doesn't want me using it :( so maybe I'm snookered :-(

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    You could trace the letters (backwards of course!) onto the back of a fusible then fuse it to your fabric and cut them out by hand. Fuse the fabric to the cuff of the stocking and then do a satin stitch, zig zag or blanket stitch around the edges.

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    We did some freeform threadplay on the machine in a class. Not sure that I liked the effect - it looked a bit sloppy.

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    I have embroidered names on cuffs of stockings using rayon thread and a wide, very close together zizgzag stitch. It looked like satin. I did mine in script so it wouldn't look blocky.

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    My grandmother taught sewing for the Singer Co. and she could embroider on a black Singer that only went forward and backward. But then, she was amazing! When I get her samples from my Mom, I will post them.

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    http://www.amazon.com/Calligraphy-Th...4676317&sr=8-1

    Link to book called Calligraphy with Thread. This is the older edition, hence cheaper. Explains clearly how to do this.

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    yes you can. it was being done long before the age of electronic and digital and fancy embroidery machines. In fact I have seen it done on a tredle machine. get a spring needle and do it in an embroidery hoop. Trace the lettering you want to do and do thread play type stitching.

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    Hi,
    use some scrap fabric. I have embroidered names by free motion. Drop the feed dogs, bring up your thread. But first trace the names on several sheets of paper, then practice writing them. Have the paper and writing same size of the cuff you will be using. This helps the mind remember the motion of cursive. Just remember to relax, move your fabric slowly ; sew as if you were writing with a pen or pencil. It takes a lot of practice, but eventually the flow will come. You could also use a pen made for fabric to put a personal touch to your work. Good luck

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    I have hand printed names on fabric and used the satin stitch to sew over the pencil marks.

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    Thanks ladies and maybe gents. I have seen Dritz applique iron ons which I will try and maybe when my kids are older and I have more time I will practice on my sewing machine.

    Thanks a million for the tips though because my mother loved embroidering so I would like to try it out! BUT on a machine. I'm a machine girl :)Just not patient enough with the hands.

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