Change a t-shirt to a festive shirt! My friend Eileen Roche, editor of Designs in Machine Embroidery magazine gives you the gift of a free embroidery design to create a unique version of a Designer Neckline. Make one as a gift and, perhaps, another for yourself! Thanks, Eileen for the being the Guest Blogger for my 5th day of 12 Days of Christmas Sewing!






Here’s an example of the versatility of Designer Necklines. I merged a fun geometric design with the crew placement guide and the Peek-a-Boo transformation. Let me show you how easy it is to transform a basic t-shirt with Designer Necklines. I’ve even included a bonus design for you! Just click here to download. The design fits in a 5” x 7” hoop so you don’t need a fancy, large hoop to complete this project – just a t-shirt, some pretty thread and 30 minutes of your time.

Materials


Designer Necklines with Eileen Roche and Nancy Zieman



  • Water soluble stabilizer
  • Temporary spray adhesive
  • 6” x 8” piece of lightweight knit or stretch mesh fabric
  • One crew neck t-shirt

Step 1. At the Computer (or the machine)

  • Open the Crew placement design.

Designer Necklines by Nancy Zieman and Eileen Roche

  • Open the Confetti design.

Designer Necklines by Nancy Zieman and Eileen Roche

  • Merge the confetti design into the crew placement design. Position the confetti under the curve of the crew placement. Save the design as Confetti Neckline.

Designer Necklines by Nancy Zieman and Eileen Roche

  • Retrieve the Peek-a-boo transformation design and merge it into the Confetti Neckline.

Designer Necklines by Nancy Zieman and Eileen Roche

  • Position the top of the peek-a-boo transformation just above the curved center of the crew placement design as shown. Save the design.

Designer Necklines by Nancy Zieman and Eileen Roche

Step 2. Placement

  • Find the center front of the t-shirt and mark it with a straight pin at the front neckline.
  • Hoop polymesh stabilizer in a 5” x 7” hoop. Stitch color 1 on the hooped polymesh. Remove the hoop from the machine and spray the hooped stabilizer with temporary adhesive. Place it on the narrow end of an ironing board. Slide the t-shirt over the ironing board, aligning the neck edge with the stitched crew neckline on the stabilizer. Take the time to make sure the pin is aligned with the stitched vertical line on the stabilizer. Smooth the t-shirt on the sticky stabilizer. Make sure the shirt is flat and the curved neckline sits just below the placement line.

Step 3. Embroidery

  • Carefully slide the hoop off the board, bringing the bulk of the shirt to the top of the hoop, nesting the fabric around the hoop. Attach the hoop to the machine. Make sure no portion of the shirt is inadvertently caught under the hoop. Place a piece of water soluble stabilizer over the hooped shirt. Stitch colors 2, 3 and 4. Gently tear away the excess water soluble stabilizer.

Designer Necklines by Nancy Zieman and Eileen Roche

  • Place the facing fabric (lightweight knit or stretch mesh fabric) over the design area, right sides together.

Designer Necklines by Nancy Zieman and Eileen Roche

  • Stitch color 5, the Peek-a-boo transformation.

Designer Necklines by Nancy Zieman and Eileen Roche

Step 4. Finishing

  • Remove the hoop from the machine and the shirt from the hoop. Trim the excess stabilizer from the inside of the shirt.

Designer Necklines by Nancy Zieman and Eileen Roche

  • Cut the shirt neckline between the vertical stitched lines of the Peek-a-boo transformation.

Designer Necklines by Nancy Zieman and Eileen Roche

  • Open the facing and fold back the seam allowance at the top of the neckline (see the video on Designer Neckline for vivid instructions).

Designer Necklines by Nancy Zieman and Eileen Roche

  • Fold back the facing at the stitched edges. Pin and edge stitch to secure the facing.

Designer Necklines by Nancy Zieman and Eileen Roche

Thanks, Eileen for your guest blog. For more embroidery ideas, check out Eileen’s blog. She adds a new post each Wednesday.

Bye for now,

Nancy Zieman The Blog

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