So I had a big birthday a couple of months ago. No, I don’t want to talk about it. Anyway, I got a couple of really amazing presents. I actually can’t believe I got both of them.
The first was a Brother se400 Sewing and Embroidery Machine.
The second was a Brother 1034D Serger.
I’m working on learning how to use the embroidery machine. It is a great first machine because it is also a sewing machine and the price isn’t too outrageous. The only down side that I can see so far is that it can’t stitch any bigger than a 4”x4” hoop. So if you want bigger than this save up because most embroidery machines cost over $600! I don’t see that happening any time soon.
So I really like my Brother se400. It has a great instructional cd too. There are many helpful tutorials on the internet for learning to machine embroider and applique. The best one that I found was HERE at Love From Texas.
Jessica gives lots of step by step instructions with photos. She also links to her favorite sites for buying embroidery patterns. Very helpful!
I thought that I would start with a free peace sign applique that I found. I thought since it was round that it would be super easy.
Ummm, I didn’t think about having to cut out the holes in the middle of the peace sign. Lets just say that it didn’t go so well. Even though I knew that I would have to be super careful, I still managed to cut a hole in the t-shirt. Ughhhh!
To salvage the shirt, I decided to cut through the other holes as well and sew a green piece of fabric on the inside of the shirt kind of like a reverse applique. It didn’t turn out too bad. I had to leave a little bit of the blue t-shirt fabric around the edges of the holes so that the stitching wouldn’t unravel.
My girls still liked it so I guess that is all that matters.
For my second attempt my girls wanted a butterfly. Beautiful, no holes!
Here’s what it looks like with just the fabric pieces sewn down pre-embroidery.
Here’s what it look like after being embroidered. I think that it came out pretty cool.
I have to say that I am pretty excited about my new toy.
I also made some cute Easter Bunny appliqued shirts for all four kiddos.