- pre-wash all fabrics
- starch or Best Press the piece(s) to be embroidered before marking to help keep it from shrinking up from the embroidery process, good stabilization or not
- make appropriate markings on the fabric with water-soluble pens
- complete the embroidery
- wet down with water to remove the markings.
The machine embroidery part, itself, took hours of meticulous marking and hooping. I first worked in CustomWorks, part of the Designer's Gallery embroidery software suite, to lay out the lettering and split the long lines into double hoopings and saved all of the files onto my flash drive to plug into my Brother Quattro 6000D. I had all three lines marked across with cross-hatch vertical lines marked where each piece would center to assure proper placement and alignment.
Today I set the baby quilt aside while the fabric got washed and instead took on doing all of the ditch work on a friend's quilt. She brought it to me before Christmas knowing I wouldn't get to it until after the first of the year. Well, it's past time to dive in. It's queen size and quite beautiful; however, not being as meticulous as I am about her piecing, what direction seams are pressed and whether they're consistent across the quilt, it gave me a few headaches, but I just rolled with it. I put the walking foot on my little Brother Runway Innovis 80 with a nice cream Aurifil 50 in the bottom and YLI nylon Wonder Invisible Thread in the top, I kept stitching for what felt like forever!
More snippets from the sewing room soon...