Friday, April 21, 2017

The Most Common Embroidery Designs in 2017

The Most Common Embroidery Designs in 2017
Embroidery is a common way of decorating fabric. It has been around for a long time. The process of mending and reinforcing a clothing led to the development of this sewing technique which led to the art of embroidery. Embroidery has become an outlet of expression for both the old and new generation of sewing enthusiasts. There are many ways or techniques to make an excellent embroidery. This is important because in embroidery each technique has a purpose that will make your creation look better by selecting the right technique to use. Learning the basic stitches is fundamental to the embroidery art.

In this day and age, there are now sewing machines which can automatically create the design on fabric. These machines are mostly used for commercial purposes and mass-production. Interested parties have to do their research on how to choose an embroidery machine in order to avoid overspending and picking the wrong machine. From intricate floral design to the clothing brand logo, embroidery has helped so much in the fabric and textile business. All you have to do is input your design and wait for the machine to do its charm. Some companies sell design files in which they have already made a design and all you have to do is some minor editing if you want to change something. Still, some enthusiasts would prefer handcrafted stitches rather than the machine. Embroidery takes a lot of skill and patience. Sewing experts can show their precision with the needle and talent with the art of embroidery which many people do not have. If you are a new practitioner to this this art form then you have to start with the basic and common designs and work your way to the intricate designs. These are the most common embroidery designs.

The most common embroidery design is the Classic. The classic is the easiest design which everyone can make with or without the embroidery machine. All you have to do is draw your design on a paper and transfer it to the fabric. A lot of enthusiasts prefer this design because it is very easy to follow. The classic design usually features plants or animals. From roses and trees to lions and tigers, classic design is a perfect choice if you are looking to challenge your skills with the needle. It can be hard but with enough patience, you will be looking at your embroidery with a satisfied heart.

Applique embroidery design is a complicated design which requires the embroidery techniques of satin stitches, zigzag stitches, or decorative stitches that are anchored onto a piece of background fabric. These designs are not for beginners and may even require you to use a machine. These designs are used mostly for brand names and logos.

Free Standing designs can only be made by the use of embroidery machines. Designs like basket ornaments and jewelry made of thread are just some of the few samples of free standing designs. It is designed to stand and look solid once the stabilizer is removed with the help of freestanding lace and applique techniques. These designs can be very complex and advisable to be used only by professionals.

Friday, April 7, 2017

4 Fantastic Things You Can Do for Clothes with a Sewing Machine

4 Fantastic Things You Can Do for Clothes with a Sewing Machine
One of the best things about owning a sewing machine is that you can customize your clothes and experiment right in the comfort of your own home. Got some extra stash of fabric and a flair for creativity? Make yourself a lovely dress! Or if you have clothes you haven’t worn for some time because they are either not flattering or no longer fit, why not transform them into something new?

If you’re into sewing or you feel like it’s time to invest in a sewing machine, this post will definitely give you some fantastic ideas for your next DIY fashion project. Here are 4 things you can do to upcycle your clothing:

Add lace to jean shorts. Rather than throwing away your distressed jeans, upcycle them into jeans shorts with some lace for embellishment. Adding some lace is a clever way to revamp your old jeans. Sew the lace fabric at the bottom of your shorts or at the back pockets. You can also use the lace to patch up any rips or tears on your jeans.

Make some fabric inserts for your sweater. This is one of the easiest ways to refashion an old sweater. It’s also a fix for sweaters that are too small. If you want to lengthen a small sweater, simply cut the bottom part of it at the back and sew some fabric for an additional detail. Inserting fabric on a short shirt is a nice way to revamp it as well. Cut it in half and sew the fabric at the middle part.

Make a hoodie for your clothes. Pinterest is one big place to find free patterns and inspiration for your next hoodie project. There are so many styles of hoodies available and you can do it not just on jackets but also on short sleeves or sweatshirts. This is a convenient way to prepare for the cold weather rather than buying new clothes.

Create a maxidress out of an old sheet. Who says you have to buy fabric when sewing a full-length maxi dress? When you have vintage sheets you no longer use, recreate it into a chic maxi dress that is totally comfy and flowy. There are lots of vintage sheets offered at the thrift store. The best part is that you don’t need the advanced skills to do this one. If you’re a beginner, go for a non-complicated pattern. In this case, an “easy tee” pattern would be the best option.

Before starting your DIY fashion project, check if your machine can handle the basics such as inserting zippers and variable sized stitches. What are the best sewing machine for making clothes? If you are looking for spacious workspace, consider ones that have an extra wide table. When you have the penchant for stitches, invest in a multipurpose machine that comes with built-in stitch patterns.

Sewing can be an addictive hobby so keep in mind that your machine should be user-friendly and at the same time, can handle some really good projects.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Beach and Boardwalk Fun Scrapbooking Page Idea

Beach and Boardwalk Fun Scrapbooking Page Idea
I love the beach and one of my favorite places to visit is Wildwood in New Jersey. We try to get down to Wildwood about 6 times a year, spring, summer and of course, fall. There is always something interesting to see and super-fun things to do!

I'm a traditional scrapbooker and I enjoy playing with paper and embellishments. I know some people are into digital scrapbooking, but that's not me. The layout that I'm featuring today is a really easy one in the traditional 12" by 12" size. Plus, I was able to squeeze on 8 photos without the page coming out too gaudy looking.

The background is a sheet of 12" by 12" piece of scrapbooking paper in a wood board print. I selected it because it reminds me of the boardwalk boards! A lot of my photos had a red color in them so I selected red and turquoise for my accent colors.

The first photo mat has 4 photos on it and all of them were cropped down to fit. I matted them onto turquoise colored cardstock, trimmed to have an 1/8" edge and then matted onto red cardstock with a 3/16" edge. I accented this photo block in a unique way. I had taken a lot of photos of various signage down in Wildwood and on the boardwalk. One sign was in the shape of a string of beach balls and it spelled out a saying about Wildwood. I blew it up slightly, printed out the photo & then used scissors to cut it out. I then placed it onto the photo block (top left) using foam adhesive squares.
Beach and Boardwalk Fun Scrapbooking Page Idea

The second photo mat features 4 mini photos of us goofing off in one of those photo booths up on the boardwalk. I left them in "strip form" and just matted the entire strip onto turquoise and red cardstock, so that they matched the first photo block. Underneath this photo block is a rub-on word that says "LOVE" and above the photo block is a rub-on word that says "Memories" with both being in a dark red color.

At the bottom of the page I added 3 different rope boarder stickers which reminds me of the rope you see all over the place down at the shore. I added a 4th rope boarder along the top of the page.  For the title block, I enlarged a photo that I had taken that said Wildwood from a sign that was on the boardwalk. I printed it out, cut it out around the edges and then matted it onto red cardstock. I used foam adhesive back squares to apply it at the top of my page.

What was fun about this page is that it didn't cost me a lot to make and took very little time. Two of my embellishments were made from actual photographs that I took, along with 2 rub-on words and 3 rope stickers. I wanted to squeeze on 8 photographs without it being too much and I think this worked out pretty well. Thanks for checking it out!