Happy Friday Friends! Hang on… is it Friday already?! You know what they say… time flies when you are having fun! And what an amazingly fun week this has been! This week I learned how to use more features of my new Brother Innov-is 990D Combination Sewing and Embroidery Machine with built in Disney Designs! Once I’d mastered single color embroidery with piece I showed you last week, I decided to take the leap to multi color embroidery! It was actually more of a hop than a leap because this amazing machine walked me through the process step by easy step! First I selected one of the built in embroidery designs (#15) that came with the machine. The handy included Disney Design Guide instructed me to first load the red thread. Once the red sections were completed, I loaded the black thread and completed the design. This machine is so fast! The embroidery for this design takes only 4 minutes. As you could imagine, I was feeling pretty good about myself right about then, so I decided to take a chance and push the design even further! With my newfound confidence, I began exploring the embroidery frame patterns! I must admit mastering this next step was again incredibly easy! With the embroidered piece still on the hoop, I selected an oval frame and measured my design to make sure the oval would fit around my precious first example of dual color embroidery. That is when I realized that this machine contains a very handy feature that physically shows the area where the embroidery will take place, before you begin. The screen also shows the measurements of the designs so you can check with a ruler to be extra sure! I chose this cute scalloped pattern for the frame to match the vintage feel of the kissing couple.
By now I was feeling very comfortable with the machine, so I decided to explore the six different built-in embroidery fonts. All of these great fonts give you the ability to select capital or lowercase letters. In addition, they each also give the option of embroidering the letters in small, medium or large sizes. I got so inspired thinking about all of the cool things I could personalize with names and phrases! Eventually I ran out of room on the embroidery frame and thought, wow that was easy! What should I try next?
I was now feeling ready for a real challenge. The technique that seemed the most daunting when I first began this journey was applique. I had never done it before by hand or machine. I did a quick search on YouTube for “Brother Applique” and found this handy video by TLC Inspirations that walked me through the process. After watching the video, method seemed easy enough, so decided to give it a try on my own.
I began by embroidering the small Mickey Mouse signature onto a piece of white fabric backed with stabilizer. Always use stabilizer! Around the design, I then embroidered a square frame. I carefully cut the square out around the outside stitching and set that piece aside. I then set up a piece of base fabric with the stabilizer and embroidered the same square shape, in the same exact location to use as a guide for positioning the applique. I adhered the square that I’d cut out to the sewn square still on the hoop using a little bit of dry fabric adhesive in the center, making sure not to get any near the frame border. I then embroidered the same square shape a third time, this time using a wider stitch, and that joined the applique to the base fabric! I then created a larger rounded dash square and embroidered that around the applique. I was pleasantly surprised to realize that the machine automatically spaced the rounded dashes so that they were all nice and evenly distributed around the sides and corners! This machine never ceases to amaze me with all of its smart tricks!
I did not expect my first attempt at applique to be such a success! When I was done I wished that I’d used contrasting fabric for the applique, so I went ahead and made another one this time incorporating some contrasting pink fabric and a dual color embroidered Mickey Mouse!
I think it came out great! If I were to do this piece over I would avoid the slight puckering around the Mickey by either using iron on stabilizer, thicker fabric or just not pulling the pink fabric so tight onto the hoop. However, for this being a first try, I am very satisfied with the results!
So all in all it was a phenomenal week playing around with the new Brother Innov-is 990D Combination Sewing and Embroidery Machine with built in Disney Designs! Up until now it’s been all about learning and experimenting. Next phase I will begin incorporating my own creative elements, so please be sure to tune in again next week, for the debut my first step-by-step Brother project tutorial!
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