It Worked!

I am going to machine embroidery those appliqués down! I made a paper cutout of the die and scanned it at one hundred percent, imported it into my embroidery software, and let the auto digitize wizard do it’s thing. I haven’t the patience (or skill) to attempt it manually.

It took a bit of trial and error and I’m not really sure what I did, but eventually I got an outline instead of a fill, then I duplicated it twice, so I had a guide line, a tack down line, and a decorative line of stitching.

It isn’t perfect, in fact if I use a blanket stitch it’s awful, but with a few tweaks, this candlewick stitch looks pretty good to me, and I like it better anyway. Excuse the fabrics, they were just for testing purposes, and the stitch out you see behind the appliqué, that was a first attempt I screwed up, and just stitched over it.

It won’t all fit into one hooping, so there’s always the chance that I won’t get it lined up perfectly on the quilt, but here’s to a valiant effort, I’m going to try!

I really was dreading the thought of manipulating all that fabric machine appliquéing those little curves, and now I’m tickled pink.

This is probably a skill I should put some effort into learning, but it’s never really interested me.

I’ve printed off a template onto vellum so I can mark the quilt… and hopefully get it right.

CJ Tinkle

This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. Maureen A Pinwill

    That is beautifullly done. I have done this type of applique with cotton on cotton. It would be perfecton PU. When I do this type of applique I use straight stitch to depict where I should fix the applique fabric to and then I do another set of straight stitching to just fit around the edge of the fabric once the applique is fixed with spray glue. I then do the fancy stitch of my choice.

    1. tinksquared

      I couldn’t figure out how to make the tack down stitch slightly smaller. I know nothing about digitizing.

  2. Karen Hartley

    Wow! Looks great. Who need the Accuquilt embroidery file. You’ve got this 😀

  3. Susan

    What embroidery software do you use? I like this idea.

    1. tinksquared

      I used the Bernina embroidery software for this one. I’ve used it the longest so it’s the most intuitive for me, but I generally use Embrilliance most of the time because it runs natively on my Mac. Couldn’t figure out how to import the image scan to scale in it though.

  4. Chris Miller

    Yay!! Looks wonderful! ♥ I agree about digitizing–too much work and others do it perfectly, so why bother? (Except for projects like this.)

    1. tinksquared

      Exactly Chris! Although it is such a tight fit into my largest hoop, I’m not sure it wouldn’t be easier to do manually. Sigh…

  5. mo pinwil

    I will look up my notes today and get back to you regarding making the tackdown line smaller :).

    1. tinksquared

      Thank you Mauren, that would be so much appreciated!

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