Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Zippered Purse with Embroidery
When I work on my Brother Innovis2500 Embroidery Machine, I sit totally mesmerized at each step. Doing embroidery designs for totes, quilts, tee shirts are a snap. Next comes applique embroidery where you use fabric pieces that are individually added to the design with satin stitches. I am always a wee bit nervous when I start one of these but they fall together easily so long as you pay close attention to the messages that come up on my embroidery machine screen. . My machine has a nice large digital screen that goes thru each step with a very clear picture and instructions. I just purchase a little CD that has about 30 animal faces that are appliqued and embroideried and I can see a baby quilt being made very soon.
Now to the task below. I love making gifties and the little zippered purse is just that. I bought an online design from http://www.charmingstation.com/. This lady had an awesome step to step youtube video and I absolutely had to try this myself. So ...here it is...
Step #1 is to put tear away stabilizer in the hoop. In this design I used a 5x7 hoop. Here you see the 3 various sizes of fabrics (for the upper and lower parts as well as the back of the purse) , the spools of thread and a long long zipper that can be cut to the necessary size. I started out using an 8 inch zipper and I ruined 3 attempts, and broke 3 needles. The larger the zipper, the better, and I had a difficult time realizing that in the end result the zipper can easily be resized in the sewing process. I am using a 12 inch zipper in the 5x7 purses.