Use individual freestanding lace designs to add a designer accent on a ready-made blazer. Plus learn essential techniques for embroidering with metallic thread.
MATERIALS + Ready-made blazer, collarless or with shawl lapel + Water-soluble stabilizer + Polyester gold metallic embroidery thread + Needles: size 75/11 metallic & hand sewing + Freestanding lace feather charm design (approximately 5/8"x2"; see "Design.") [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] EMBROIDER * Load the feather design onto the embroidery machine. Copy the design as many times to fill the largest hoop size, up to 30 feathers, leaving approximately %" between each design (A). * Hoop two pieces of water-soluble stabilizer. Thread the needle and bobbin with metallic thread. Place the hoop into the machine. * Decrease the machine speed to half. Embroider the design. Remove the hoop from the machine and the stabilizer from the hoop. * If needed, repeat to embroider more designs to achieve a total of 30 feathers. * Trim any loose threads. Remove the stabilizer from the designs following the manufacturer's instructions; let dry. CONSTRUCT * Download the placement templates from cmemag.com/freebies; cut out each along the armscye line. If available, place the blazer on a dress form. * Position the left-shoulder template over the blazer left shoulder, aligning the shoulder and armscye seamlines; pin. * Place pins through each template dot (B). Gently pull the template over the pins, leaving them in place on the blazer. * Thread a hand sewing needle with a single strand of metallic thread. Position one feather over the first dot, aligning the charm hole over the pin. Remove the pin and whipstitch the charm hole onto the blazer, leaving the remaining feather perimeter free. * Repeat to hand stitch a feather to the second through fifth dot, overlapping the feathers according to the template (C). * Repeat to hand stitch a feather to the sixth through ninth dot. * Position one feather over the tenth dot, slipping the charm underneath the sixth and seventh feathers. Remove the pin and hand stitch the charm hole onto the blazer. Adjust the sixth and seventh feather edges so they lay over the tenth feather. * Repeat to stitch a feather to the eleventh and twelfth dots (D). * Hand stitch each feather perimeter to the blazer using a slipstitch, beginning with the first feather and ending with the fifteenth feather. Make sure the feathers overlap according to the template. * Repeat to stitch the remaining feathers to the blazer right shoulder using the right shoulder template.
Feather (Lace): Chic Charms, Urban Threads; urbanthreads.com.
Use flathead pins to position the template on the blazer so the template can slide off more easily.
Discover tips and tricks to easily embroider with metallic thread.
* Purchase quality metallic thread that doesn't easily kink. It shouldn't be too rough or bumpy when run through your fingers.
* Lower the thread tension to accommodate the thread and prevent shredding.
* Always select a metallic machine needle. The larger eye allows the thread to easily pass through during stitching.
* Position the thread spool on a vertical spool to relax the thread and prevent twisting and breakage. If no vertical thread holder is available, place the spool in a coffee mug next to the machine.
* If using metallic thread in the needle and bobbin is too bulky or causing breakage, select a matching 40 wt. rayon embroidery or invisible thread for the bobbin.
* Decrease the embroidery machine speed as low as possible to prevent breakage.
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