Freehand Sewing Machine Embroidery

October 1, 2007

I was really excited about a project segment I saw on Martha a couple of weeks ago featuring freehand embroidery with sewing machines. Basically, you draw something on dissolvable stabilizer and use blue painters tape to attach it to a t-shirt. Then, using a straight stitch on your sewing machine, you trace the drawing. Brilliant! You can find all the detailed instructions here. The technique was demonstrated by Julie Dunbar and she’s clearly a creative genius. Her site sells products featuring this same technique. And everything is adorable.

Why this project excites me? So many possibilities! You can trace an existing drawing or make your own. You could customize a t-shirt, a hoodie, a tea towel, a pillow or a onesie. I love how she positions the embroidery to wrap around the side of the tees. I can wait to try it.

This could work for sibling-made Christmas gifts as well — they do the drawing, I do the sewing. . .

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1 Jennspiration October 1, 2007 at 3:26 pm

I saw this segement on Martha too and felt pretty inspired. Maybe when I take some time off making my roses (did you see that episode?) then I can start doing my own embroidery. I love your blog, by the way!-Jennifer


2 Rocks In My Dryer October 1, 2007 at 3:38 pm

Hmmm…but sewing on knit is never as easy as Martha makes it look!


3 Amy October 2, 2007 at 8:45 am

I often use this technique to “draw” faces on softies I’ve made as well as to beef up appliquéd embellishments.


4 Serena October 14, 2007 at 9:53 pm

Neat idea!


5 lulu January 25, 2008 at 6:50 pm

this is great work!


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7 Landfill Hill March 12, 2009 at 4:26 pm

I was so inspired I have begun the hunt for a new sewing machine, since the ancient one I have would be crazy money to have repaired. Do you know which machine would be good for this type of project (for a cheapskate beginner)?


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