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    Quote Originally Posted by Nanamoms View Post
    I NEED to do this! LOL I think my laptop is slowing down because I have so much artwork (designs) on it!! I went a little nuts downloading freebies when I first got my machine. More selective now but, boy, do I like "Free"!!
    I got lots of freebies when i got my machine andI bought a lot of designs from guy in Russia- about 10,000. Now the designs are not what I like, all too simple, too few stitches, so when I see them I delete them. Many are duplicates also.

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    I have tried the 505 spray on stabilizer, then placing the satin on top, smoothing using a small "wallpaper" roller, then pinning satin to stabilizer, I have used both tearaway and cutaway stabilizer.
    I have used solvy on top
    So far my best result is sticky stabilizer and smoothing the satin on top.

    I did email Kenny at Embroidery Library a while back and he did admit that satin is just going to pucker at little. Mine is puckering a lot!! LOL Of course, this was before EL had done the videos.

    I think I'm going to do test strips and write down my experiments...maybe I need a refresher course. I think one of the problems is I'm embroidering sashes which are only a total of 5 inches wide so a strip isn't wide enough to "hoop on all sides". It almost seems as if it is a tension problem but I never adjust the tension.

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    Try embroidering your satin before you cut it for the sashes.

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    I am looking for a spiderweb design for doing quilting using my embroidery machine). Can someone point me in the right direction? I am looking for a design specifically designed for quilting, so it is kind of open...

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    Quote Originally Posted by justflyingin View Post
    I am looking for a spiderweb design for doing quilting using my embroidery machine). Can someone point me in the right direction? I am looking for a design specifically designed for quilting, so it is kind of open...
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    So question people, I want to make a chicken themed jacket for show competition next year. The back will have a large quilted in varigated bright thread on a deep blue batik fabric, how would you and what kind of embroidery designs would you place on the front or do you think that would coordinate. Just asking. I found some roosters on Nancy Notions, Barnyard Chickens, and they are very pretty. I do not want to invest in them if the idea does not go well together. I was thinking on the front would stitch designs on a light blue batik, set them on point with the dark blue so they stand out as diamonds going down front panels. Then could do them in diamonds going down the sleeves of the jacket set in the dark blue. This way keeping the front and back seperate? Or maybe doing a braided border around bottom of facket with little chicken tracks.
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    I have topaz 30 let me know if I can help

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuilterMomma View Post
    So question people, I want to make a chicken themed jacket for show competition next year. The back will have a large quilted in varigated bright thread on a deep blue batik fabric, how would you and what kind of embroidery designs would you place on the front or do you think that would coordinate. Just asking. I found some roosters on Nancy Notions, Barnyard Chickens, and they are very pretty. I do not want to invest in them if the idea does not go well together. I was thinking on the front would stitch designs on a light blue batik, set them on point with the dark blue so they stand out as diamonds going down front panels. Then could do them in diamonds going down the sleeves of the jacket set in the dark blue. This way keeping the front and back seperate? Or maybe doing a braided border around bottom of facket with little chicken tracks.
    Are you showing chickens for competition and want this jacket to wear or is the jacket to judged in a competition of some sort? If the jacket is to be judged, then what are the requirements of the competition? Without knowing any details of the competition how can we know if your jacket will help you to win?
    Give us more details. We would love to help you.

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    There are no criteria on the competition. It is just wearable art. You can enter anything you want. I just like to wear quilted jackets and vests all the time so I make them for me to wear and enter them. I also want the quilting ribbon so that is why the jacket must be quilted heavily as well with design elements. Yes, the jacket will be judged by a judge for overall design, and of course the details of a "quilt" binding and such plus construction. The other is a people's choice competition so you get what appeals to people. That to me is the hardest judge. So if it does not go together well, then the overal appearance is no good. I thought doing a jacket with machine embroidery this time might give it a bit of punch and appeal to people. Plus I really want to make the quilted chicken on the back and play with thread and longarm then add those Sworvoski crystals like on Linday Taylor quilts.
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    This is the jacket I made this year and won 3rd place, but that is just not good enough. I quilted it with all feathers and I did add beads to the front which does not show in this photo. I took first at one fair with it and 2nd at another by a judge so the construction is good, but it did not appeal to people. http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...t203941-3.html

    I want to hit that mark for people's choice so that is why I thought the chicken jacket would be cool. I have to find a jacket pattern that might work and saw a couple on Nancy's Notions I liked which would work with this idea. A straight cut cardigan type. http://www.nancysnotions.com/categor...urPicks&page=2

    I do like the cozy quilted jacket but not sure this idea would work with that pattern.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4dogs View Post
    I have a Bernina Artista 630 that is supposed to do all sorts of things..I have just been really hesitating to try it .... not even sure how to start..I need someone to hold my hand, I guess...I would love to learn to use it....
    I agree with raksmum. Definitely take advantage of the Bernina dealer's classes. My dealer is awesome with all sorts of hand-on classes.

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    Just my thoughts on the design choice. " Chickens" shout "Farm and Country" so loudly to some that it may not be the design for art that you are striving for. It says "cute" and in the art and fashion world "cute" is the kiss of death. Personally I would go for a design choice that said more high fashion, more sophisication. Your construction details would of course be the same - but it would illicit a different choice of complements - like elegant, fashionable,etc. Maybe including different fabics would be a plus for competimg such as a suede tuxedo collar dyed in the correct color quilted or embroidered. Good luck in whatever you do. Your workmanship is obviously top notch.

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    Took a class I quilting with emb. machine today at my dealer's. What a great class. Now I can do something other than straight line quilting. Practiced on a quilt for Project Linus. Don't think the kids will care if it isn't perfect. Spent about an hour on emblibrary looking for good patterns to use for the quilting. I do love having this machine more than I thought I would
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    See where you are going with that TanyaL. So if I want to do the chickens, then I need to get the fancy elegant ones then spruce it up from there. Roberto Fabuloso, said the same thing as you. I need to think fancy roosters with great plume if I want to theme that jacket. he sent me a couple of photos of a beautiful jacket with a rooster on it, but had flowers spread across the jacket to add for elegance. It also had a wide bottom and is a fitted jacket. This gives me a direction. When I get some funds built up I am going to buy those roosters from nancy's notions and use those designs. Then I will also be looking for the fabric foundation color and florals to go with it to add into the jacket. i can do this. The quilting will probably be McTavishing so that way it is a firm fitting jacket and use wool for the batting. Wool is so fun to quilt on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuilterMomma View Post
    See where you are going with that TanyaL. So if I want to do the chickens, then I need to get the fancy elegant ones then spruce it up from there. Roberto Fabuloso, said the same thing as you. I need to think fancy roosters with great plume if I want to theme that jacket. he sent me a couple of photos of a beautiful jacket with a rooster on it, but had flowers spread across the jacket to add for elegance. It also had a wide bottom and is a fitted jacket. This gives me a direction. When I get some funds built up I am going to buy those roosters from nancy's notions and use those designs. Then I will also be looking for the fabric foundation color and florals to go with it to add into the jacket. i can do this. The quilting will probably be McTavishing so that way it is a firm fitting jacket and use wool for the batting. Wool is so fun to quilt on.
    I think you will be fine as long as no one can look at it and say "cute". In art school, if anyone put cute on one of our projects we knew it was an automatic F. The jacket should shout "I cost several hundreds of dollars and was bought in Paris or Rome!"

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    I will work on that on paper. I never went to art school and wish I knew more on that direction for my wearable art and designer quilts. But learning as I go.
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    She's here!!!!!!!!!

    My new Babylock embroidery machine. So far I'm only reading the manual but I know i"ll have fun with it! Its called the Babylock Spirit, an embroidery only machine that stitches up to a 7x12 frame. It includes a 5x7 frame and the dealer gave me the 6x6 frame for free. right now I've been busy organizing my embroidery designs into categories on my usb drive and I'm almost done!
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    Wow! That is something you will have fun with.
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    Great thread

    Quote Originally Posted by craftybear View Post
    Hi,

    If you have an embroidery machine please chat with us so we can help learn from each other. Please post what machines you have and what projects you are making. We would love to see pictures of your projects

    This will be fun.

    I have a Janome 10000 which I haven't started using yet so want to get it out and start learning to use it.

    Karen "Craftybear" Indiana, USA
    Found this thread that is nice to learn from. I have an older HUs. Viking Designer 1. Have done a number of quilt blocks etc. Didn't get a dongle with it but will hope I can find one to work with the machine. One person told me that some dongles will only work with the machiine it came with..anyone know if this is true?
    Happy to be alive and capable of doing some quilting!

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    CONGRATS I know you will LOVE her!!!
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    the best way to handle this type of fabric is to soak some water soluible stablizer in a jar of water, scraps work fine. paint the solution onto the fabric and let dry. repeat until the fabric is as stiff as you need it to be. after embroidering rinse out the stablizer and your fabric is nice and soft. if you need more help feel free to pm me. by the way i have an ellisimo by babylock.connie
    Quote Originally Posted by Up North View Post
    I am working on one right now with slippery fabric I am doing it in the fun and done method and used iron on batting, I sure hope it softens in the wash. It holds well for the machine tho. I would at least use an iron on interfacing. My personal experience maybe some one else has a better idea.

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    contact a gal by the name of leslie at, [email protected] her jacket and vest patterns are the best fitting i have ever seen. she teaches at the local college and has her students do a fashion show each year. you'd be amazed at the different sizes and shapes that come from 1 pattern. good luck with your project. connie
    Quote Originally Posted by QuilterMomma View Post
    This is the jacket I made this year and won 3rd place, but that is just not good enough. I quilted it with all feathers and I did add beads to the front which does not show in this photo. I took first at one fair with it and 2nd at another by a judge so the construction is good, but it did not appeal to people. http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...t203941-3.html

    I want to hit that mark for people's choice so that is why I thought the chicken jacket would be cool. I have to find a jacket pattern that might work and saw a couple on Nancy's Notions I liked which would work with this idea. A straight cut cardigan type. http://www.nancysnotions.com/categor...urPicks&page=2

    I do like the cozy quilted jacket but not sure this idea would work with that pattern.

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    i use a zigzag stitch if i'm using invisible thread. there are times when i don't want the stitches to show. connie

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    Well, I never got to use this machine!

    Quote Originally Posted by Crafty Darlene View Post
    LilaKay, you are going to love it! I've had mine a little over a week and am so happy I got it! Now I need to stop buying designs! LOL! Enjoy and have fun!
    We had a fire on October 19th and lost our pickup and 5th wheel on our way to TX for the winter. We spent 6 months a year in that set up. I lost 3 machines plus all my kits, my fabric stash. It was a total loss but it's only stuff. We're fine and the dog is fine and we have good insurance!!! The lord was looking over us as it went up in flames very fast!
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    LilaKay,
    I'm so sorry about the fire, but glad that you and your dog are ok. How frightening that must have been. I hope you are able to get a replacement unit soon and continue your wintering in Texas. Losing everything, even if it is just stuff is very hard and emotional. Take care.
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