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Thread: How would I

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    Super Member Carol W's Avatar
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    use my embroidery machine to make small embroidery squares? I would like to be able to place a small piece of fabric on my hoop to embroider. It seems as though I waste allot of fabric when I put a larger piece in my hoop and then I have to cut the design out of the large piece.

    Any suggestions would be great!!

    Thanks!

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    I try to do several small ones on a single piece of fabric before I cut them out. After you do one , unhoop and move over just enough so you won't overlap the design and do another. I usually cut my fabric big enough to do a row of 2 by the width of the fabric. I fan fold the excess and pin so it doesn't get caught up in the movement of the hoop.

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    I have usually used the iron on stuff for embroidering.
    Then, I have a piece of fabric, that I have cut a square out of the middle and I baste the piece of fabric onto the "hole" so I can embroider it. It took me a bunch of tries to accomplish this, but it worked for me.
    You could try this to see if it works for you.

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    Thank you, I'll try that.


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    I sometimes just hoop the stabilizer and use some spray adhesive to stick the piece of fabric to the stabilizer.

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    Ya'll do it the easy way...I have to do it the hard way. lol
    I've tried doing more than one on a piece, but then when it comes to cutting, I ALWAYS screw it up, then have to start over.

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    I have had good luck using the sticky stabalizer, of course...you are either wasting fabric, or you are wasting stabalizer...some times the fabric is cheaper :roll:

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    If I use the sticky stabilizer, will it gum up my needle? I found when I used it before, my sewing machine needle got very sticky after.

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    :D I have no clue as I don't have an embroidery machine. :( Just wanted to say hi. I am sure the board members will help you.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Carol W
    If I use the sticky stabilizer, will it gum up my needle? I found when I used it before, my sewing machine needle got very sticky after.
    It's never done that to mine. If you do get that gummy stuff on your machine, use a Q-tip with some alcohol to clean it off.

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    What if you draw lines on your fabric before you start embroidering, and then you will know how/where to move it? Sort of like cheater cloth - ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tlrnhi
    Quote Originally Posted by Carol W
    If I use the sticky stabilizer, will it gum up my needle? I found when I used it before, my sewing machine needle got very sticky after.
    It's never done that to mine. If you do get that gummy stuff on your machine, use a Q-tip with some alcohol to clean it off.
    Yes, I've done the Q-tip/alcohol thing. It works like a charm to de-gum your needle.

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    You can also either pin your fabric in place or do a basting stitch to hold it down.

    Just make sure your fabric is a good two inches larger than you need for your design and that your design is centered in your fabric.

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