Layered Raw Edge Letters

I finally set up my Pfaff Creative Vision to do embroidery. Honestly, I don't know why I waited so long. I had forgotten how much fun it is to watch as it stitches! My last machine was a Husqvarna Viking D1. I traded it in for the Pfaff after sewing and embroidering with one in a class at the Sewing and Quilting Expo a few years ago. I fell in love with the precise positioning feature. I had made a few projects which used multiple hoopings before and I did a decent job getting the motifs where I wanted them, but it was nearly impossible to get them absolutely exact which kind of bummed me out. All I could think of was all the cool things I could embroider IF ONLY I could get the designs to line up perfectly. So you can see how I was immediately sold on the Creative Vision. Well that was years ago and I have embroidered a big fat nothing with the machine. Zilch.

I love the way embroidery can take clothing to another level, but I cannot articulate exactly how to get that effect myself. I think the design needs to seem like it is integrated into the garment, and not slapped on as an afterthought. This shirt I embroidered last week is an example of what I mean. Although the letters themselves look great and they are lined up perfectly, to me, it looks like the embroidery was an afterthought. Don't get me wrong, I like the way the shirt looks. But the embroidery does not take it to that other level and I would not expect lettering to do that in any case. I guess now that I have "broken the seal" on my embroidery attachment, I am anxious to do more embroidery. How do I select a design and integrate it into a garment?


  1. RE: your comment. I'm the very same way. Television, the internet/blog watching contributes to me being a very slow sewer.

  2. Hi Debra. I have an embroidery machine and I use it very sporadically. You're right. It is fun to do and I should use it more.
    Those letters are gorgeous!

  3. Deb
    I think you are being too critical of your work. Maybe it needs time in the magic closet? I do find that I start planning the embroidery as I am selecting pattern and fabric. My personality is such that I prefer classic embroidery elements and usually smaller designs or tone-on-tone. But your embroidery touches should express your personality. Good luck and KEEP trying. I believe you have a good grasp of design and can make this work to your satisfaction

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