A few posts back I showed you the card that I made for my Mum for Mothers day, I have been playing around with machine embroidered cards for a year or two, they are fun to make and never fail to impress people so I thought I’d attempt to show you how it is done.
First of all choose some fabric and cut it out, I like doing stars and hearts and I like to put a plain piece of fabric against a patterend background. So I cut out my shapes
I have a machine embroidery foot for my sewing machine which is great because it allows you to move the fabric smoothly around and it is not gripped in place. Before I had the special foot I used to just take the foot off my machine and work without one. (if you do this remember to still put the foot down so that the machine works properly)
I like to use a bright contrasting thread, you can use different coloured main thread and bobbin thread for a bit of interesting contrast.
You just move the fabric backwards and forwards as you sew, some times it can be a bit wobbly but I think that adds to the design, also you can go over the stitches several times to make them really stand out. I use an air erasable marker pen to write the name before I embroider it on
Once I have done all the work on the fabric piece I sew it straight onto the card blank, you could glue it on, but I am usually about to post my card so haven’t got time to wait for glue to dry!
This one I made for my gorgeous nephew’s first birthday
And this one I made for his lovely Mummy, whose birthday it is today!
I hope this inspires you to have a go, Its such fun!