Nancy Zieman and Eileen Roche Designer Necklines Embroidery



A knit shirt, your embroidery machine, and an expressive embroidery design make up an ideal trio to create an artistic tee. In 2-hours of time, I was able to make over a plain knit shirt into a shirt with designer details. For those of you who are computerized embroidery machine owners, this is a fast transformation!

The transformation—both embroidery and neckline modification—is complements of one embroidery. I used the CD from Designer Necklines and choose the embroidery for the Peek-a-Boo Neckline. You’ll notice that neckline shapes, the artistic embroidery, and a V- Neck stitching line form the transformation. This is one robust embroidery!

First Step

1.  Hoop Fusible Polymesh, fusible side up in a 5″ x 7″ embroidery hoop. Attach the hoop to the embroidery unit.

2.  Stitch the first thread color directly on the hooped stabilizer—it is the Perfect-Placement Embroidery.

3.  Position the T-shirt along the Perfect-Placement Embroidery.

•  Remove the hoop from the embroidery unit and place the hoop at the narrow end of an ironing board.

•  Position the T-shirt over the end of the ironing board. Match the neckline and center front to one of the Perfect-Placement Stitching lines and center front marking on the stabilizer. Gently press the shirt to the stabilizer. A mini-iron is an ideal pressing tool to use within a hoop. Another option to attach the T-shirt to the stabilizer is to spray a fabric adhesive on the hooped stabilizer and then position the T-shirt.

•  Lift the back of the T-shirt to the top of the hoop, creating a nest shape. Reattach the hoop to the embroidery unit. I learned this technique from Eileen Roche, editor of Designs In Machine Embroidery Magazine. What a great tip!

4.  Stitch the remainder of the decorative embroidery.

5.  Cut out a facing.

•  Cut a 5″ x 6″ rectangle for the facing. Fuse lightweight interfacing to the wrong side. Or, cut the facing from Stretch Mesh—a lightweight spandex fabric. For my project, I chose the stretch mesh, yet I’ve used a cotton facing for other designer neckline transformations.

•  Pressmark the vertical center of the facing.

•  Position the facing on top of the T-shirt, right sides together. Align the center, press, and extend the facing 1/2″ above the neckline. Tape the facing to the shirt along the outer edges, if desired.

6.  Embroider the last thread color, the V-shape stitching. Remove the T-shirt from the hoop.

7.  Carefully cut down the center of the T-shirt, taking care to stop cutting just before the stitching at the point of the V.

•  Turn under the top of the facing; pin.

•  Fold the facing to the wrong side. Pin the facing from the right side.

•  Edgestitch 1/4″ from the V-shape.

•  If using Stretch Mesh, trim away the excess fabric.

Hint:  If the stretch mesh peeks around the corner, try using a permanent marker in the color of the fabric to hide the appearance of the mesh. I keep a collection of permanent markers in my sewing room to camouflage all sorts of unexpected appearances!

There are several other artistic tee transformations on the Designer Necklines CD.

Here’s the first Peek-a-Boo T-shirt that I transformed. Isn’t it cute?

You’ll find 32 embroidery files, including 20 decorative embroideries and 12 placement and/or transformation embroideries. It’s a totally unique combination! Plus, Eileen Roche and I videotaped a 30-minute DVD which is included in the Designer Necklines package.

Have you made a T-shirt transformation?  Let me know what you’ve done!

Bye for now,

Nancy Zieman The Blog

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