Tips to Initiate your Redwork Project

Feb 20, 2015 by


Embroidery is famous for decorating your fabric. You can sew with your machine or can sew by hands. One famous embroidery work is “Redwork”.

Redwork is a work in which red thread is used to decorate any white or naturally colored fabric. It is considered among the one best kind of embroidery as the dark thread on the light colored fabric looks great.

When you search the internet and look for the ways to do the redwork, you will find diverse ways of doing it. Great amount of information is available in the print form and on the internet that shows how to do it and every way can be a bit different. How to do this art is mainly the thing of the personal preference.

In some styles, you may find that the designer preferrerd to add a stabilizer at the opposite side of the fabric. This way makes the stitching quite easy and gives good support to the cloth. But in some cases, using stabilizer can make the fabric heavy like in wallhanging and quilt. Using stabilizer in these cases make your assembly less prominent. So in the projects like quilts, leaving the stabilizer is a far much better option. In these cases, using an embroidery hoop can be a good option as it keeps your fabric tight. It will help you to make a neat stitch.

When you are making a doily or runner then using stabilizer can be fine. But one good tip is to skip this extra step that also costs you money. You can get a more stable fabric when making them. When you are starting it then going for the linens or cottons can turn out to be a better bargain. You can get great numbers of colors also in this fabric.

Mostly, in the Redwork, embroiders use cotton embroidery floss but it is not necessary that you must also use it. You can make your own selection and can select from other embroidery threads like linen, bamboo, cotton and silk threads.

The red color in the threads tends to bleed when washed. So when you are selecting this color, it is important that you check the color first on the room temperature by washing it. If you have made the design without checking the thread first and it has bled after washing then rinse or wash it again, the color will go.

When you start marking your fabric, you can try any transfer method to mark the design on the fabric you want to continue designing. But before starting, you should wash the fabric first because cloth shrinks when washed for the first time. Iron the cloth afterward to remove any wrinkle. This is one way to get the perfect markings on your fabric. These markings will not rub off with these.

Use only a sharp needle so it can easily pierced in to the fabric. These are few simple tips that can improve the initiation of your Redwork embroidery.

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Safety Tips for A Sewing Machine

Dec 31, 2014 by

Sewing is safer than the many activities we do in day to day life like playing any sports, driving a car or walking on the road but still there is loads of danger. Sewing machines involve moving parts, needles and electricity and getting careless with these things can produce you harm. Here given are some safety tips that every person using a sewing machine must know.

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Every year, up to 60% sewing machine related injuries occur because of the needles. Keep your fingers far away from the needle. Buy the finger guard along with your sewing machine, this way you can stay away from the danger of the sewing area. Not only beginners but experienced may get injured too.

When you are using a sewing machine, make sure there’s no distraction in the area. It is wise to avoid sewing when you are drunk or tired because there’s an increase chance that you may get hurt in this situation. When you are relaxed, use the machine only then because it will be safer to use it then.

Don’t leave the machine plugged when you are not using it. It is important that sewing machines generate heat and if lightning strikes at the time when it is on, the damage produced to the machine is irreversible. A sewing machine that is unplugged is also safer for the children and pets.

Don’t leave the cord in the open and place it in the back of the machine. Leaving them on the floor can become the reason of any accident. If you have a pet in the house that can chew the cord then make sure to check the cord daily. Replacing the cord is a good option then using an electrical tape.

Take your machine to the service center in a year or two. It will keep your machine in the best condition. Also getting it serviced will tell you if it has any problem and it will be repaired beforehand.
Unplug the machine when you are replacing any part, like lightbulbs.

When the machine is not accepting the cloth because of the thickness then don’t sew. Forcing the machine may break the needle. For these fabrics, use industrial strength sewing machine.

Place your sewing machine at the right place. Don’t place it too low, it will put stress on your back. Don’t place it too high, it will cause you neck trouble. Your feet must lie plainly on the floor.

Dispose the sewing machine needles properly. Mint tin or prescription bottle are the best option. Keep the good needles away from the bad ones and mark the bottle properly.

Always sew in the area that is well lit because dim light will produce more stress to your eyes. Don’t lean very much towards the machine.

If you have a cat in the house then it is important that you keep all the bobbins and thread spools in some place locked. Cats play with them and if they ingest them it may lead to serious complications.

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Some Simple Tips of Cutting the Fabric

Dec 11, 2014 by

In the making of any dress, few steps are completed. First, you select the design that you want to sew. Then you buy the fabric and other related things that are present in your selected design. Third you cut the dress according to your measurements and fourth you sew. Then just embellish them with embroidery device and enjoy you creation.
Cutting is the very important step in the sewing of any cloth, and how your dress will end up is entirely dependent on the way you cut the fabric. If you make any mistake in this step, either you need to buy the fabric again or you need to do so many things to correct that mistake.
There are some rules of cutting that must be followed very carefully because once you run the scissor on the fabric, there is no second chance. You only cut the fabric one time and you must do it right.


Rule no.1: Have Enough Space to Cut:

When you are cutting the cloth, make sure you have the area of around 5ft by 2-1/2ft to be completely free. You can cut the fabric on the table of this size or you can use the plain floor. No matter which surface you select, first make sure it is clean and doesn’t have any stains.

Rule no. 2: Use Sharp Scissor

The size of the scissor must be at least 10″. It is important that the tips and edges of the scissor are sharp. It should also be stain free and clean.

Rule no.3: Measure Correctly

Take the right measurements and draw them correctly on the fabric. When you are doing this, arrange the fabric straight on the surface. Never mark less fabric than actually measured.

Rule no.4: Iron Before Cutting

Remove all the wrinkles from the fabric before cutting. For this purpose, iron the fabric at the right temperature.

Rule no. 5: Practice on the Paper

If you are cutting the fabric for the first time or trying any new kind of cutting then first practice on the paper first. If you cut the fabric wrong, it will get wasted but throwing the paper away will not cost you. When cutting paper, always use paper cutting scissor.

Rule no .6: Use Tailor Chalk

Mark the fabric with the help of the tailor chalk. Select the colors like red, white and blue because they will be visible on the diverse colors of fabrics. Never use ballpoints or any other kind of markers. Tailor chalk stains get removed easily with water. Use tri-square when you are marking straight lines and go for the curve scales for all other kinds of markings.

Rule no. 7: Cut from where you Mark

Start the cutting from where you have marked the fabric. When cutting, don’t move your whole body but only move your right hand having scissor. For the cutting of the edges, only run the tip on these areas. When you are done with the cutting, remove the fabric that you will not use and keep it away so you will never mix the clothing.

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Free Christmas Patterns – Sew A Fabric Wreath

Dec 7, 2014 by

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Christmas is near; everyone is looking for the way to decorate their houses. If you want to celebrate this Christmas with the hand made things then you should start with the fabric wreath. It is the one best way to welcome Christmas.

The fabric wreath is not something hard to create but a thing that can easily be made. In the market, you may find many different kinds of wreaths but you are getting the details of others will. When you try to make your own wreath, you are integrating every single thing that you like.

Here are the few simple steps that can be used to make a fabric wreath. You can use Brother cs6000i to sew the parts together.


Things that you may need:
• Fabric; you can use single or multiple fabrics. My guide about fabric is here.
• 1/4 yard of 45″ wide fabric
• Pattern print out
• Stuffing
• Thread to sew


Start Making the Wreath

Use the grain line on the pattern and cut 8 sets of the pieces of pattern. Leave the 1/4″ seam allowance. Make the layout in the way you want your wreath to be. Sew four sections by joining right sides. Then make four sections of four pieces each. From the one side, press the seam and place two sections together. Now when both sections combined, sew the outer and inner curves. Join together the two curved edges.
For the one section, set the right side.

Then for the right side out section that is turned, place into other section which is not turned. Line the outer and inner edge carefully to sew the tubes’ ends together. Now press the seam and turn the whole tube right place out. Line up the seams and place the right tube sides together. Leave one side open to stuff and start sewing by seam to seam. It is necessary to press the seam as much as you can.

After all this, you can initiate the tube stuffing. Press the stuffing as much as possible and take it to the far end. Complete this procedure by filling up the whole tube. Close the opening by stitching so the stuffing remains inside.

Start Decorating the Wreath:

This is the main part as people will see what you have done. You can cover the seam by tying the ribbon at each of it. Use the ribbon according to your fabric and see what’s suiting it best. Selecting the right combination will make your wreath very beautiful. Knot the ribbons in the place so they stay there.

If you find it hard to tie them then you can lend a hand to do the job. For the end of the ribbon, make the bows from them and for the tails, trim them to give them elegant look. Now you can add other decorations according to your taste. You can add flowers if you want or you can go for any other thing. You can also use beads and buttons.

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Which fabric to use For Embroidery?

Dec 7, 2014 by

Embroidery Fabric:


The fabric which is used for embroidery is easily available and presented in different colors and qualities. They have different thread counts. Material mostly available is linen, cotton and blends.

The selection of the fabric is truly dependant on two things:

• Which is your design or what you want to make?

• What is your embroidery technique?

Here given are the most commonly used fabrics in the embroidery; you will easily find these fabrics in the market near you.

1. Evenweave Fabrics:

These fabrics can be considered as the best fabric for surface embroidery. On the other hand, loosely woven fabrics are perfect for pulled thread technique, counted thread and drawn thread methods. The material used to create even-weave fabrics can be linen, cotton, rayon, and any polyester blends. This fabric is available in diverse range of colors. The thread counts also have the huge range. You can select from 32-count fine linen to 18-count rustic

2. Aida Cloth

Cross stitchers usually like this fabric because of its easy-to-count square pattern. Aida cloth can also be used for Assissi embroidery, counted thread or surface embroidery techniques. The quality of this cloth is that it is woven with grouped fibers that make it easy to follow the squares.

In the cross stitch, one stitch is set for one square. There are many solid colored Aida available in the market. You can also get patterned, printed or textured varieties for it. The fiber used for the creation can be cotton, rayon and linen. The sizes available start from 11-count to 22-count.

Herta cloth is a special kind of Aida. It is the fabric that has large scale count of 6 squares per inch. This fabric is considered ideal for beginners because this fabric is easy to count.

3. Hardanger Fabric

It is the 100% cotton 22-count evenweave fabric. Hardanger fabric is woven with double thread and originated in Norway. The single double-thread group is considered as one. The techniques in which this fabric can be utilized are blackwork, counted thread, cutwork and hardanger embroidery.

When this fabric is used in cross stitch then 2 thread groups have been used and 11 squares per inch count is considered. There are very limited colors for it. Oslo fabric is the same as hardanger fabric.

4. Toweling

For the retro and contemporary projects, a great big range of ready-made and by-the-yard toweling is present in the market. They also have many varieties.

5. Ready-Made Items

There are many ready-made items available in the market which are considered ideal for the surface embroidery methods. You can decorate your bed sheets, blankets and pillowcases with the embroidery or can convert table napkins, runners etc into the way you like.

You can also make a motif on your apron or plain shirt. Or you can add your unique touch to the lamp shades. You get diverse readymade items and what you can do with them is surely up to you. Most of these items are made by pe770 embroidery machine. You can easily use embroidery machines to make the embroidery and save money.


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