Machine embroidery fun!

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.

Mothers day CardMachine embroidered cards 007First 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

Machine embroidered cards 002I 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)

Machine embroidered cards 003I like to use a bright contrasting thread, you can use different coloured main thread  and bobbin thread for a bit of interesting contrast.

Machine embroidered cards 004You 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

Machine embroidered cards 005Once 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!

Machine embroidered cards 006This one I made for my gorgeous nephew’s first birthday

Machine embroidered cards 015And this one I made for his lovely Mummy, whose birthday it is today!

Machine embroidered cards 016I hope this inspires you to have a go, Its such fun!

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