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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9 Responses to A Different Type of Embroidery

  1. Hmmm. I can see that some of these designs are very appealing, but it always seems to me that the machine gets all the fun – it’s the actual embroidering I enjoy, rather than having the finished piece, and although I’ve seen some lovely machine work, I’d rather do it myself!

  2. Heather says:

    I have to say that I do agree, to a certain degree. You’ll never get me to put down my needle, but at the same time I do love what I can do with machine embroidery. Each has its place. Cross stitch is like my mediation, so it is more the process than the product. Machine embroidery is like the opposite.

  3. Wonderful work! Sewing machines have always been very intimidating to me so it is fun to see what you have created.

  4. Astrid says:

    Oh wow, they all look wonderful! I don’t know if I like the eggs or the skull better!

  5. I always stand in the store completely enthralled when one of the embroidery machines is running – the staff probably think I’m creepy, but there is just something about watching the design emerge. Love the eggs and the sugar skull is very neat.

  6. rosey175 says:

    It’s so fun to watch a machine work its embroidery magic; a friend got gifted one and she’s had a great time playing with it and showing me how it works. I like to hand embroider but gosh, a machine is so fast and neat haha. I love the pretty pin cushion and scissor case.

  7. Joanne P says:

    I’ve never actually seen a machine embroider, I can imagine that it is fascinating to watch.
    These are great designs but I think the real fun for me would come with making my own designs and programming the machine to stitch them.

  8. dragonsluver says:

    Beautiful work. The sugar skull is too cute.

  9. Sheryl says:

    Beautiful work Heather, a good way to experiment with your new machine by making very welcome gifts for a good cause. Love your Sugar Skull too, very clever. I´m ashamed to admit that I have never experimented with all that my machine can do and didn´t take the free classes that were given when I bought my Husqvarna.