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Thread: Filling in letters on fabric with regular sewing machine HELP!!!!!

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    Filling in letters on fabric with regular sewing machine HELP!!!!!

    Im making a thanksgiving dresden turkey wallhanging, and I want to put Happy Thanksgiving going down both sides of the turkey since theres no room at the top or bottom for that and binding. But Im trying to gather as much info as I can on how and if I can transfer those letters onto the fabric (which ive already done) and then some how fill it in with either a satin stitch or a very tight zigzag stitcg. But I bought the satin foot it should be here on the 22nd. and I LOVE the way that looks better then the zig zag but is it possible. or should I use a free motion darning foot to do it. Also ive seen that when using a regular sewing machine to embroidery you use a regular hand embroidery hoop to keep the fabric taunt and have control over it better. Any suggestions on this matter would be greatly appreciated. Im still alittle confused over the whole thing ive been doing reseach on this for awhile and its not too much about it on the web thats why Im wondering if it can even be done. Thanks peeps

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    When doing a dense satin stitch I recommend some kind of stabilizer on the back to prevent tunneling. Tunneling is when the stitching pulls up the fabric on both sides to make a bump or tunnel and it distorts the surrounding fabric. I've never used a hoop so I can't offer any advice on that. Try a few sample letters on a scrap and see what technique you like best before trying it you good piece.
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    I used satin stitch a lit to make fabric bowls. You really need the special foot for that. I would definitely stabilize the fabric because satin stitch will pull it together and it does not look pretty when that happens. What about appliqué? If you do not like the traditional appliqué cut out the letters, glue them down with Elmer's school glue or stick and than use a zig-zag stitch.

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    I read your question very carefully. From what you described, you do not have the equipment (embroidery machine), and knowledge/experience to do what you think you want. You should try to find an experienced machine embroidery person to do it for you.
    to do that process "free motion" you need a hoop, sturdy stabilizer, heavy duty machine and needles, a steady hand for free motion, plenty of time, and a double dose of patience. Think seriously about applique.

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    Sounds like you already have the words printed on the fabric. If it were ME, I would do fusible applique. I don't know about satin stitch, so I can't help you there. But I do applique and have appliqued letters on wall hangings many times. It turns out so nice. Then you can stitch around the letters. You can make the letters exactly the same as the ones you printed on your fabric and lay them over the printed words. Just my advice. But that's because it sounds like satin stitching can cause problems if not done correctly.
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    This is the best method of putting letters and numbers on fabric I have ever used. I have used tiny to super large and it's so simple my grandaughter used color book pictures to make fantastic looking applique blocks. http://w.softexpressions.com/softwar...s/4FF10345.php It seems to be out of print but if you find one get it!
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    You can FM with a darning foot, but if you have never done it I would get some cheap muslin and practice before you do the real thing, but it is possible. I don't think you can use your satin stitch foot unless you already have monogramming built into your machine, which you don't if you are asking this question about how to do it
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcrow View Post
    Sounds like you already have the words printed on the fabric. If it were ME, I would do fusible applique. I don't know about satin stitch, so I can't help you there. But I do applique and have appliqued letters on wall hangings many times. It turns out so nice. Then you can stitch around the letters. You can make the letters exactly the same as the ones you printed on your fabric and lay them over the printed words. Just my advice. But that's because it sounds like satin stitching can cause problems if not done correctly.
    Totally agree with this! I would applique the letters on with fusible and then do a small zig zag stitch to reinforce the edges down. I would also use a stabilizer behind it to keep the fabric flat
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    Yes, I will agree with jcrow and auntpiggylpn. If you are wanting to do this yourself, this is a good plan until you can practice and gain experience with free motion quilting. Doesn't sound like it would be too terribly expensive should you take it to someone with an embroidery machine though.


    Quote Originally Posted by auntpiggylpn View Post
    Totally agree with this! I would applique the letters on with fusible and then do a small zig zag stitch to reinforce the edges down. I would also use a stabilizer behind it to keep the fabric flat
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