21 Oct Embellishment in Black & Blue
On Monday while sitting at the pattern table at JoAnn’s, I overheard a woman interrogating the sales clerk about the store’s sewing machines. She railed on about how complicated the new machines are. She said she was an excellent seamstress and all she wanted was a sewing machine without a computer. Then she exclaimed she was too old to learn how to use these new machines……
I kept quiet, but am convinced when you announce you’re too old to learn, life starts passing you by – quickly – at any age.
You don’t need a computerized machine to sew well, but you do need to embrace learning to be current, and I’ve got my work cut out for me.
Due to her out-of-town training session and the machine’s popularity I had to patiently wait 20 days before my first session, but I was not patient. I wanted to make sure I didn’t lose any ground between machines, and by the time I met with Ilse I was working on my third garment.
If you can operate a computer you can manage Pfaff’s Creative Icon! Yes, a trained professional is a must to learn the nuances of the machine, but on the surface The Creative Icon is easy to maneuver. Garment #1 is blogged here, garment #2 will be shown with garment #4 and these RTW pants’ makeover represent garment #3 and my first embroidery project.
Nothing is safe in my closet anymore! These slim cropped stretch pants were just waiting for new life.
I was so eager to try some of the new embroidery designs loaded in the Pfaff machine, and played around with a few before settling on the scrolled design reminiscent of wrought iron gates.
I took out the hem and split the inside seam of the pant leg to get a flat surface.
After threading the machine with Coats and Clarks’s Trilobal Machine Embroidery Thread in BLACK, I marked the design placement and embroidered the front, before mirroring the image and matching the back to the front.
The machine’s basting stitch secures the fabric to the stabilizer so the garment can be ‘floated’ rather than ‘hooped’. Also, the design is not crooked – it runs parallel to the inside seam. 😉
A fun embellishment to a pair of lackluster pants!
More soon and Happy Saturday!