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Re: Free motion embroidery?
John J. Bengii wrote:
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Those are big machines.  It's easier with a household type.  There is a
learning curve, but it's a lot easier than I thought it would be.  The
more practice, the better it comes out, though.
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Joanne
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Re: Free motion embroidery?
With the big machine you are moving a heavy mechanism. Hard to get
moving and hard to get stopped again.

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Thanks...will do.  I can do either with this machine.  Drop the feed dogs
(who came up with that name anyway? <grin>) or set to "0"...

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I think my machine has a darning foot or I can go without a foot.  And the
machine does zig-zag and straight and even some (very few) fancier
variations on the zig-zag...

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Thanks very much!  This is exactly what I'd like to play with on my machine.
And just see what I can do!  Much appreciated, JJ



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JJ wrote:

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If you don't drop the feed dogs they may catch on the fabric even though
they are not actively feeding the fabric.

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I heartily recommend using the darning foot as it means you know where
NOT to put your fingers (don't ask me how I know this), also the foot
helps to hold the fabric down as the needle lifts out.  You must still
lower your presser foot lever even if you are sewing with a bare needle
as that engages the tension mechanism, I know it seems obvious but it
very easy to forget to do it.

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This is a nice little video showing (deceptively?) simple technique
http://www.taunton.com/threads/pages/tvt035.asp

Have fun

Lizzy

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Hi Lizzy,

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Good point!

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DOH!  I won't ask!  ;-)  And thanks for the suggestion with the darning
foot.  And the lever.  *I* would be one of those people wondering why it
wasn't working!!  :-\

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Thanks!  I found some good little videos on Youtube as well - quite by
accident.

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I think I will be!  Take care, JJ



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I remember watching a show on PBS about "paint with thread" doing just what
you have been talking about. I've been wracking my brain trying to remember
which one it was, perhaps Sewing with Nancy. It was a 3 or 4 part series.
Been awhile back. I know they had videos available. Beautiful things were
done using just a straight stitch and regular hand embroidery hoop.

Val



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Hi Val,

I do remember the Sewing with Nancy show but haven't seen it in ages.  And I
have to admit, I wasn't a regular viewer.  I don't recall the paint with
thread show though.  But I bet a peek on their PBS website might reveal
something.

Thx, JJ



Re: Free motion embroidery?
JJ
Go to speedstitch.com
Joyce Drexler wrote a book on machine embroidering with a standard
sewing machine. It's called Thread Painting.  Your machine needs to
have at least a zig zag stitch in addition to the straight stitch.  I
have done the technique before I got my embroidery machine, and it
works real well.
Karen O

On Tue, 08 Jan 2008 01:50:56 GMT, in alt.sewing.mach-embroider, "JJ"

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Thanks Karen!  My machine does have a zig zag stitch and even just a couple
of "fancy" stitches (variations of the zig zag)...I'll check out that site!
Much appreciated, JJ



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On Sun, 13 Jan 2008 16:02:05 GMT, in alt.sewing.mach-embroider, "JJ"

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I'm glad I could be of some help.  I was watching the responses, and
it seemed like they were all pertaining to computerized embroidery
machines, and that didn't seem to be what you were asking about.
Karen O

Re: Free motion embroidery?
What would the zig-zag stitch capability be used for in this
application?

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Re: Free motion embroidery?
Zig-zag is helpful for thread painting where you want to cover an area
with a "satin stitch" type of fill-in.  You don't use it for writing
lettering unless you are doing lettering like block letters for big
monograms.  For outlines and tree branches, etc., you would not use the
zig-zag.

John J. Bengii wrote:
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--
Joanne
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Re: Free motion embroidery?
Sounds like zig-zag would get messy real quick. I guess you get good
after many trials and errors.

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John J. Bengii wrote:
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Like so many things, it takes a lot of practice to develop skill.  A
good eye doesn't hurt, either.  But it's sort of like drawing with
needle and thread instead of a pencil or charcoal.  It can be
wonderfully relaxing.

Hoping this link works - this was done entirely on a straight-stitch
machine, actually a treadle.
http://home-and-garden.webshots.com/photo/2131771850062576881rsmJvd?vhost=home-and-garden

--
Joanne
stitches @ singerlady.reno.nv.us.earth.milky-way.com
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It worked for me!  Nice picture.  JJ



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That's one of Donna Kohler's quilts.  She has been a guest on Simply
Quilts on HGTV, and demonstrates at various places around Fresno.  Very
talented lady.

The better an artist the one doing the embroidery is, the better the end
result.  Some of us aren't so talented in that area, so we resort to
things like tracing off pictures that we like.

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Joanne
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Yes, she must be.

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Well, I'm OK at drawing myself but I have a few friends that are *very* good
and you'd be surprised at how many still use photos or other images to
"help" with what they do, if not tracing, at least for perspective and such.
Still, I agree that the ability to do anything like this would help.
Nothing wrong with tracing!  ;-) JJ




Re: Free motion embroidery?
Thanx. Nice stuff. Not for me though. I only love the
technology...mind you... I have been known to be crafty but short
lived...

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Yup...I'd like to do a bit of monogramming too and have found some really
nice examples of using the zig zag stitch.  It comes out like calligraphy,
which I used to do too!  Neat...JJ



Re: Free motion embroidery?
Yeah, the calligraphy sounds really cool. You sketch on the material
first (to keep straight) and then just push the machine around?


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