True Confession: I've had this really cool sewing machine that also does embroidery for more than a year. But, the machine embroidery part always intimidated me. I tried it a few times and things didn't work out perfectly, so I kind of gave up.
This weekend I decided that it was time to get over myself and read the manual.
That's right. I'm such an egomaniac that I thought I'd "just figure it out." I had never even tried to read the manual. (Insert embarrassed face here.)
Well, I read the manual and followed it step-by-step and HOLY MOLY! It worked! And it was shockingly easy. I had been doing everything in the most backward and most difficult manner. Sigh.
It's amazing what instructions can do for a girl. ;)
As soon as I figured things out, I knew the first project I wanted to do: my boyfriend had asked me to repair a giant rip in the knee of his favorite jeans.
However, instead of stitching it up, I decided to create a peek-a-boo patch with an applique fleur-di-lis.
This is the process I followed:
ONE: I chose the fleur-di-lis design from the built-in designs in my ScanNCut...
TWO: I used the ScanNCut to cut the fleur-di-lis design from fabric that had a fusible web on it.
THREE: I saved the fleur-di-lis design to a USB thumb drive.
FOUR: I used the Simply Applique computer program to transform that saved cutting file into an embroidery file.
If you're unfamiliar with Simply Applique, this is a video that Cindy Hogan made showing the basics of taking a scanned design from your ScanNCut and turning it into an applique file using Simply Applique.
Cindy starts with a scanned design. I started with a built-in design.
FIVE: I used the computer cable (which came with my sewing & embroidery machine) to transfer the new custom embroidery file to my sewing & embroidery machine.
SEVEN: I removed the hoop from the machine and brought it over to my ironing board where I used the stitched outline to perfectly place the fabric piece I cut with my ScanNCut. And then I ironed the fabric with a small iron...
EIGHT: I placed the hoop back into the sewing & embroidery machine. The sewing/embroidery machine stitched another outline.
To be clear: all I did was press a button and the machine itself took the file from Simply Applique and stitched around the design perfectly. I did nothing. In fact, I think I may have left the room while it was all stitching out!
You'll notice that in the photo above I've written the word "stabilizer" in red. That woven white material is a water soluble stabilizer. Embroidery and applique are always done on top of a stabilizer.
NINE: I removed the design from the hoop, rinsed the fabric to remove the stabilizer (it's water soluble, so it melts away with the addition of water), and stitched the patch behind the hole in his jeans.
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I am a paid spokesperson for the Brother ScanNCut. It is a machine that I love and use. All opinions and projects are my own.