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Thread: What types of projects do you use your embroidery machine for?

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    Super Member sharin'Sharon's Avatar
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    When I bought my embroidery machine, the sales gals asked me what I planned to use it for. I said, "for making quilt labels". Well, after seven years, I've made so- o-o many more items than labels, that I wore out the feed dogs!!! You will enjoy your new machine; mine only does 100mmx100mm or 100mmx170mm, so am quite limited, but never ending. You will be amazed at your creativity as you go along. Enjoy.

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    Found this very interesting. I just got an embroidery machine and have no clue as to what I will embroider except on baby quilts. I like to put baby's name , date of birth, weight, length, time of birth, etc. on a center block on the quilt. Now I won't have to do it by hand. Just figure out how to use the machine...

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    I just took the plunge and purchased a 11000 Janome MC. I can not wait to take some class on how to download designs. It seems there is going to be alot to learn. Congrats on your machine!

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    I'm currently embroidering

    http://www.emblibrary.com/EL/Product...roductID=E3983

    onto shapes that are sewn into pillows and bags for ladies with breast cancer
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    Nothing is sacred in this house anymore. I will embroider on anything I can put into my hoops.
    Done of my kitchen towels are blank anymore. I put all practice designs on pot holders and give them to my friends.

    The GK's love table matts. I buy two, embroidery a theme on one and sandwich them together. They have birthday ones, sports, princess, and ones for each holiday now.
    The GD's will bring a blank T-shirt and will ask for something on it.

    I also quilt with mine. It is a slow process, rehooping, but gets the job done.
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    http://www.designsbysick.com/

    I don't know if any of you frequent this embroidery site or not BUT.... every hour there are freebies.

    they are also having a sale right now.
    There are some quilting designs I have purchased and used successfully.

    My recent purchases are the themed crazy quilts posted and the Barbie clothes.
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    The first few years after I bought my embroidery machine I did a lot of designs on my young Grandchildren's clothes. I also used a LOT of designs on the first Crazy Quilt that I made which I enjoyed making SO much. I have also done a lot of designs and put them away in hopes of using them in quilts. Such as...we lived in Alaska for 14 yrs. so I did a lot of Alaskan themed designs, we also lived in Japan for 3 yrs. so I did a lot of Geisha and Oriental themed designs. Plus a few other sets of designs that I really liked.
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Size:  127.8 KBI also did MANY hand towels and gave them as gifts. Especially during the holidays. Those were also fun to do. I think the possibilities are endless.
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    If you're looking for ideas on what to embroider check out embroidery library. I use their designs so much and love them. Right now I'm embroidering designs on denim and making totes. Combining embroidery with quilting is my favorite use for my designs. I also embroider designs onto little girl's denim purses. So far the ones I made are cherished by the little girls that got them. The best thing I found about my embroidery machine is that whatever I want to do is possible. My best suggestion is read all of the tutorials on how to embroider in embroidery library's website. It's a very helpful place to begin your learning curve. Take your time and don't take shortcuts. Good luck and I hope you have as much fun as I'm having!!!

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    I use my embroidery machine on anything that doesn't move! LOL
    I have made many embroidered quilts, wall hangings, bath/kitchen towels, clothes, bags of every kind and shape, covers for cookbooks/nook, Christmas/birthday/thinking of you cards and have even embroidered on toilet tissue/paper towels. I think someone that saw a project I had made, they would expect to see embroidery and beading. There are many design companies out there and all the sights have free designs and project ideas. Hope you have as much fun with your machine as I do with mine.

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    None, bought my embroidery machine several years ago and did lots of samples but never did anything on garments or quilts, etc. Paid all that money for nothing. Though I would put something on the embroidery machine and sit and sew at the same time on my other machine. But the embroidery machine requires too much attention. So, that didn't work, so, I lots interest.

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    Patti25314 In addition to the above, I'll add name embroidered pillow cases for my puppy friends.[/QUOTE]


    AWESOME! My puppy friends get a lot of my practice things...They always seem to like them.

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    Hi, I know what you mean about the machine requiring attention. There are wonderful designs out there but often they require multiple changes in thread sometimes to only do a few stitches like the eyes on something. I solved that problem for the most part when I discovered varigated thread. For things like floral designs it works well and you don't have to keep changing the thread. I now have a collection of different varigated threads almost as large as my general stash.

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    My latest embroidery machine project.
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    Love your embroidery blocks. Beautiful!

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    I have the Bernina 830 with all the hoops. I've had her 2 1/2 years and took one class on embroidery. I've never tried it. I can't remember how. I know you have to measure the size by touching the needle to the outside points, but that is all I remember. My dealer is 1 1/2 hours away, but my son just moved across the river from them, so I think I'll be more inclined to take some lessons. I sure hope so after reading what all you can do with embroidery!
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    You can do loads-I have embroidered designs inside blocks, teatowels and towels, even onwallhangings and quilts and clothes. There are some great ideas for projects on www.emblibrary.com

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    Oh sorry here is the link for the embroidery projects on their page
    http://www.emblibrary.com/EL/ProjectInstructions.aspx

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    The possibilities are endless. I have done lots of things. You might want to check out Embroidery Library for designs. Their items are not expensive and they stitch out nicely. My latest projects are the plastic photo holders that stand by themselves. I do a nice sized embroidery, border it with fabric and make it into a sleeve to just slip over the holder. They are nice for desks and counter tops. I have about 6 out there for family. I am trying to make new ones for all the different seasons and holidays.

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    When I first got my machine if it didn't move it got embroidered. LOL!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gramquilter2 View Post
    My latest embroidery machine project.
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    Absolutely love your quilt. Are the designs from Loralie? It is so wonderful and love the batik fabric as well!
    Jo
    Happy Days!!! I am retired and have fabric and a sewing machine...what could be better than that?

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    I've embroidered Rag quilt blocks. I've also made baby quilts. OESD has the cutest baby dinosaurs. Plus I can digitize.

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    Don't forget embroidery on quilt blocks. I don't have and embroidery machine but you can embroider anything and just about everything! YouTube has all kinds of videos on embroidery. I mostly blocks for quilts by hand. Pillow cases and small handkerchiefs. Have had fun doing repairs.

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