A Different Type of Embroidery

If you follow me on Instragram (@stitchinglotus), then you’ve probably seen a few pictures of my embroidery machine at work. I’ll be perfectly honest, years ago I thought people who used an embroidery machine were “cheating”, but now I totally understand how useful they are. Hand embroidery and cross stitch are one thing, and machine embroidery is a completely different animal.

I’ve recently upgraded from my first machine, a Brother LB6810, which was capable of only stitching designs up to 100mm x 100mm, to a Singer Legacy SE300 that can handle designs of 260mm x 150mm. Both are single needle machines–one day I’ll upgrade to a multi-needle machine, but for now they are a bit out of my price range.

I’m still getting to know my new machine, but last month I stitched out some Easter egg ornaments for a children’s cancer ward in the UK. They are simple but super cute designs from Nonnie Noo Creations, and they were just the right project to get me used to my machine.

Easter Eggs from Nonnie Noo Creations

There is some bobbin thread showing in a few places, and a few little snarls on the backsides (covered by the backing), but overall I think I did pretty good given that my Singer acts a lot differently than my Brother. This project also gave me the courage to try a few other things.

How about this…

Sugar Skull, designed by DisorderlyThreads

It is a fully lined sugar skull bag, measuring about 6″ by 8.5″. I love it! The design is from DisorderlyThreads. Her instructions are great, and the design stitched out so well. There are a few changes I’ll make the next time, mainly with regards to colour choices (you can see some colour shadowing through because my fabric is thin and I probably should have used a different thread colour). Otherwise, I could not be happier. I will definitely be buying more projects from her. Like maybe this one as a gift for my SIL (who runs her own very successful lingerie company) or this one… for me. 😉

Shabby Chic Pin Cushion and Scissor Case, designed by Embroidery Library

I also made this lovely pin cushion and scissor case set using files from Embroidery Library. (Available here and here.) Luckily I had the perfect linen fabric in my sewing stash.

I love working on in-the-hoop designs. It almost feels like magic! I put a piece of fabric (or two, or three) in the machine, add some thread, and a little while later I end up with a finished project. I can’t wait to make more things!

Do you machine embroider? If so, I’d love to hear all about it. What machine do you have? Where is your fav place to get designs? Let me know!

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