Have you ever wondered if it’s easy to create free-standing lace on your embroidery machine? Have you tried stitching lace and been disappointed in the results?
It’s relatively easy if:
- you have an appropriate design
- know how to control your machine
- use the right products
- have the right technique
A Bit of History…
The first free-standing thread design I ever digitized and stitched was back in early 1995 after Patsy Shields, a Sulky educator, presented a program to our Pfaff Creative Club, a monthly meeting hosted by our local Pfaff dealer, Beach’s Sewing Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. There weren’t a lot of embroidery machines then—possibly Janome, Brother, and what I owned, a Huskygram.
Patsy’s program didn’t even mention embroidery machines; she was demonstrating free-motion embroidery on a burn away stabilizer called Heat-Away from Sulky.
I realized that I could reproduce that same type of work via digitizing. I didn’t really think of it as lace and indeed, it really more closely resembled the designs I call “instant lace,” which is what a lot of companies call their FSL – several layers of open fill placed at opposing angles to support satin stitches.
I call it instant lace because it is much faster to digitize than traditional lace, which must be carefully drawn and planned to hold together after the stabilizer is removed.
In the time since the I created that first free-standing thread design, I’ve learned quite a bit about digitizing and stitching lace. I’ve experimented with different techniques and products and you’ll learn about them in this free class.
We also have newer and better products that weren’t available back in mid nineties that stitching lace even easier.
In this video, which is really a full length class rather than a 5-minute YouTube snippet, you’ll learn:
- Which stabilizers to use and why
- Which threads to choose both in the needle and the bobbin
- Which needles to use and why
- Tricks at the machine to make sure your lace is clean and crisp
- The difference between different types of lace
- How to finish your lace
- How to test new lace designs
- How to troubleshoot potential problems
- Options for embellishing lace
Watch the video to get a coupon code to save $5 on the Hope Angel, a tiny, delicate angel with a “cause.” I’ve stitched her cause ribbon in pink but you could obviously swap in any color or leave it white to look like a sash.
The Hope Angel will fit any embroidery machine and is a great way to try your hand at lace. I get emails from embroiderers who have stitched masses of this design to give away to those who need hope.
Check this page for links to products mentioned in this video: Resource List
Other Lace Designs
Lace designs can be downloaded individually or as collections.