I’m up to something. It involves free standing lace butterflies.
And sister-in-law, if you’re reading this, it does have to do with your missing shower gift, so decide whether you want to read on or not.
Hubby got me an embroidery machine for Christmas this year. There are some machines that both embroider and sew, some that just sew, and some that just embroider. Since my trusty Singer 503 still works fine, I decided to get an embroidery only machine, which is cheaper than a combo machine. I chose a Brother PE770. She looks like this:
An embroidery machine or a sewing machine that also embroiders has an attachment (on the left in the picture) that attaches to an embroidery hoop and a computer in it that controls the needle and the hoop movements so that it can sew your design. Most come with some pre-programmed designs and they all have some method of transferring newly purchased designs. Mine does this through a USB flash drive, which is great, because I can download whatever designs I want and start sewing them in a few seconds.
Here’s what the machine looks like in action:
Once you load up your design, you literally just press a button and watch the machine sew it for you! Although I have found out it’s good to stay within hearing of the machine in case it breaks a thread or otherwise needs your assistance. Since mine lives on my dining room table, right next to my serger, and since my dining room table doubles as my cutting table, I can usually find a lot to do nearby while she sews.
Free standing lace is a certain type of design that is magic! OK, it’s not magic, but like all of the things I’ve done with this machine, I think it’s really cool. Basically, it’s a special type of design meant to be embroidered on water soluble stabilizer.
So my embroidered butterflies look like this when I take them out of the hoop:
And then you cut off the excess stabilizer (the white stuff that looks like interfacing, but it’s not) and put the embroidery in cold water
And the stabilizer starts to melt and just leaves you with the embroidery
You rinse it off, and when it’s done drying it looks like the picture at the top of the post. And if you make a whole flock of them, they look like this
Want to see what I made with these? Click here