Designer Necklines by Nancy Zieman and Eileen Roche



This weekend kicks off my yearly seminar schedule with the first event in San Jose, CA. In preparation, I “freshen-up” my seminar samples. This month it was time for a new Designer Neckline feature. Designer Necklines—One Step T-Shirt Makeovers Embroidery Designs, a project I worked on with Eileen Roche of Designs in Machine Embroidery, is unique. The designs on the CD combine positioning outlines, terrific embroidery designs, and neckline transformations—all in one! 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.


Designer Necklines by Nancy Zieman & Eileen Roche



  • 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.


designer necklines by nancy zieman and eileen roche



  • 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.


Designer Necklines by Nancy Zieman and Eileen Roche



  •  Nest the shirt around the hoop.

Note from Nancy: Eileen taught me this neat trick. Slide the hoop/shirt over the narrow end of an ironing board. Pull the back of the shirt over the hoop to easily nest the extra fabric.


Designer Necklines by Nancy Zieman and Eileen Roche



  •  Add a top of Wash-Away stabilizer to the embroidery area. It’s the ideal top stabilizer for knit fabrics.


Designer Necklines by Nancy Zieman and Eileen Roche



  • Return the hoop to the embroidery unit. Stitch the decorative embroidery. Watching the machine stitch is magical in itself!


Designer Necklines by Nancy Zieman and Eileen Roche



  •  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 over the neckline and stitch the remaining thread color. Notice the reinforced stitches at the neckline and in the V-shaped area.


designer necklines by nancy zieman and eileen roche



  • Remove the T-shirt from the hoop and trim away the excess stabilizer. Cut down to the V-shape.


Designer Necklines by Nancy Zieman and Eileen Roche



  •  Then, trim 1/4″ from the V-stitching.


Designer Necklines by Nancy Zieman and Eileen Roche



  • Wrap the facing to the underside and fold a neat edge along the neckline. Pin.


Designer Necklines by Nancy Zieman and Eileen Roche




Designer Necklines by Nancy Zieman and Eileen Roche




designer necklines by nancy zieman and eileen roche



  • Stitch in the ditch, sewing in the groove of the seam.


Designer Necklines by Nancy Zieman and Eileen Roche



  •  Ta da! Enjoy your magical transformation!


Designer Necklines by Nancy Zieman and Eileen Roche



There’s a lot more to this embroidery collection. Eileen and I preview the other shirt transformations in this short video clip.

Maybe your wardrobe could use a transformation? Designer Necklines—One Step T-Shirt Makeovers Embroidery Designs is only a click away!


Designer Necklines



Bye for now,

Nancy Zieman The Blog

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