Most of the time I think of computerized embroideries as being decorative. Truth be told, you’re not limited to automatically stitching a perky flower or elegant swirl. The magic that I’m referencing in the title is that the embroidery used in today’s blog can also transform a shape.
Designer Necklines—One Step T-Shirt Makeovers Embroidery Designs, a project I worked on with Eileen Roche of Designs in Machine Embroidery, is a CD collection of positioning outlines, terrific embroidery designs, and neckline transformations—all in one embroidery CD! In short it’s sewing and embroidery magic!
Here’s a tutorial on how this magic happens.
- Start by selecting one of the magic embroideries and transferring that design to your computerized embroidery machine. The first thread color is the positioning outline.
- Hoop a Fusible No-show Mesh stabilizer, fusible side up. Stitch the positioning outlines on the stabilizer. This embroidery mimics crew neckline shapes and marks the center front.
- Fold the T-shirt in half and mark the center front.
- Also, fuse stabilizer to the wrong side of the area that will be embroidered.
- Align the neckline shape and the center front mark with the corresponding markings on the hooped stabilizer.
- Press or position the shirt to the hooped stabilizer.
- Nest the shirt around the hoop.
Note from Nancy: Eileen taught me this neat trick. Slide the hooped shirt over the narrow end of an ironing board. Pull the back of the shirt over the hoop to easily nest the extra fabric.
- Add a topping of Wash-Away stabilizer to the embroidery area. It’s the ideal top stabilizer for knit fabrics.
- Return the hoop to the embroidery unit. Stitch the decorative embroidery. Watching the machine stitch is magical in itself!
- The last embroidery is where the transformation happens. Choose a coordinating cotton fabric, cut a rectangle (we tell you the size in the instructions), and fuse interfacing to the wrong side. Place the fused fabric over the neckline, right sides together, and stitch the remaining thread color. Notice the reinforced stitches at the neckline and in the V-shaped area.
- Remove the T-shirt from the hoop and trim away the excess stabilizer. Cut down to the V-shape.
- Then, trim 1/4″ from the V-stitching.
- Wrap the facing to the underside and fold a neat edge along the neckline. Pin.
- Stitch in the ditch, sewing in the groove of the seam.
- Ta da! Enjoy your magical transformation!
There’s a lot more to this embroidery collection. Eileen and I preview the other shirt transformations in this short video clip.
Could your wardrobe use a transformation? Designer Necklines—One Step T-Shirt Makeovers Embroidery Designs is only a click away!
Bye for now,