Machine Embroidery in 6 Easy Lessons Nancy Zieman







It’s always enlightening to participate in a Blog Tour. Seeing the results of other sewists and embroiderers gives me great inspiration, but also the opportunity to learn more from doing. The best way to learn is simply to do!

You may have seen the above towels on Sewing With Nancy when Eileen Roche and I presented a two-part series.  (You can watch the 2-part TV series online: here are the links to episode one and episode two. After taping Machine Embroidery in 6 Easy Lessons, Eileen took the monogrammed towels—that fit the Zieman household—with her to Texas. Imagine that! When I received the invitation to be part of this tour, I knew it was the perfect time to embroider more towels for my own.

Lesson One–Begin with the Basics

You’ll learn what tools and supplies to use. I gathered towels, fusible mesh stabilizer, wash-away stabilizer, sticky-back stabilizer, the Perfect Placement Kit with placement stickers, and a Madeira Rayon Thread.






Side note: After presenting the TV series, the greatest topic of concern posted by embroiderers was, How do I choose stabilizers? The simplest recommendation is to own one stabilizer from each of the main categories: a tear-away, cut-away, wash-away, film-type water-soluble, and a water-soluble. I have a medium weight stabilizer on hand from each category—that collection of five stabilizers serves me well! (See page 12 & 13 of Eileen’s book for more details.)


Machine Embroidery in 6 Easy Lessons Nancy Zieman



Lesson Two—Choose Embroidery Designs

Look for monograms that have an underlay, a foundation of stitches that are stitched down prior to the satin stitches. Here’s what underlay stitches look like, big zigzag stitches! (Image is a scan from Eileen’s book.)


machine embroidery in 6 easy lessons



Blog Tour Bonus Tip!

If your monograms do not have underlay stitches incorporated in the digitizing, no fear! Eileen shared her tip with me on creating a faux underlay using tulle or netting. See below for the Blog Tour Bonus Tip.

Lesson Three—Place the Design

One of the keys to embroidering with terry cloth is to fuse the fusible mesh stabilizer to the wrong side of the towel in the area that will be embroidered.


Nancy Zieman Embroider a Towel Monogram Eileen Roche Machine Embroidery in 6 Easy Lessons



Then, choose a method of positioning the design. I used one of the templates from the Perfect Placement Kit and added a placement sticker in the opening. 


Nancy Zieman Embroider a Towel Monogram Eileen Roche Machine Embroidery in 6 Easy Lessons



Lesson Four—Hoop the Fabric (or in this case, a stabilizer)

Using Eileen’s Hooping Stabilizer technique, page 40 in her book, I hooped an adhesive stabilizer, scored the paper cover, and removed the paper within the hooped area.


Nancy Zieman Embroider a Towel Monogram Eileen Roche Machine Embroidery in 6 Easy Lessons



Place the towel over the adhesive stabilizer, aligning the arrows of the target sticker as squarely as possible in the hoop.


Nancy Zieman Embroider a Towel Monogram Eileen Roche Machine Embroidery in 6 Easy Lessons



 Lesson Five–Stitch!

  • Place a top stabilizer, wash-away, when monogramming towels. More is better when it comes to stabilizers and embroidering.


Nancy Zieman Embroider a Towel Monogram Eileen Roche Machine Embroidery in 6 Easy Lessons



  • Hit “start” and watch the magic begin.


Nancy Zieman Embroider a Towel Monogram Eileen Roche Machine Embroidery in 6 Easy Lessons



  •  Just like that!


Nancy Zieman Embroider a Towel Monogram Eileen Roche Machine Embroidery in 6 Easy Lessons



 Lesson Six—Finish the process

  • Remove the top and underneath stabilizers.


Nancy Zieman Embroider a Towel Monogram Eileen Roche Machine Embroidery in 6 Easy Lessons





Machine Embroidery in 6 Easy Lessons Nancy Zieman







Blog Tour Bonus Tip

I chose an embroidery design that didn’t have underlay stitches to show you how to make any monogram stitches workable on napped fabrics.

Machine Embroidery in 6 Easy Lessons

  • Add the wash-away top stabilizer on top of the netting.


machine embroidery in 6 easy lessons



  • Embroidery is complete, but the finishing touch is next.
    machine embroidery in 6 easy lessons



  • Tear away the wash-away stabilizer and the tulle or netting! The stitching perforates both layers.
    machine embroidery in 6 easy lessons



  • Ta da!

machine embroidery in 6 easy lessons



Blog Tour Stops

January 31 Eileen Roche dzgns.com/blog/

February 1 Hoop Sisters hoopsisters.blogspot.com/

February 4 Think Crafts thinkcrafts.com/

February 5 Indygo Junction indygojunction.com/blog/

February 6 Hope Yoder hopeyoder.blogspot.com/

February 7 Embroitique blog.embroitique.com/

February 8 Riley Blake rileyblakedesigns.com/blog/

February 11 Machine Embroidery & Digitizing machineembroideryanddigitizing.com/

February 12 Nancy Zieman the Blog nancyzieman.com/blog/

February 13 Sealed with a Stitch susanovery.blogspot.com/

February 14 Eileen Roche dzgns.com/blog/

Nancy's GiveawayFor a chance to win an autographed copy of Eileen’s Machine Embroidery in 6 Easy Lessons book and DVD tell me about the last project you embroidered or embellished! 


Machine Embroidery in 6 Easy Lessons book and DVD



Bye for now,

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