Friday, April 20, 2012

Turning Lemons into Lemonade!

So about a week ago I got my new embroidery machine in!  Hurray!  No more being restricted by a 4 x 4 hoop space! 

My first project was to make my 4-year old son a shirt.  I was way past the point of ever wanting to make anything for him (despite his begging) because my hoop was just so small that everything looked silly on his shirts.  So I was super excited to try out my new 5 x 7 hoop on one of his shirts. 

Since daddy is a drummer, I went with a drum set applique from Planet Applique.  She has great designs  :)  I decided to get creative and add Gabriel's name to the large bass drum.  It was a nice touch, if I do say so myself. 

But once I got nearly to the end of the design, my needle broke and pulled the shirt a little.  When I replaced the needle and started back where I left off, my design was slightly moved.  So when it came time to stitch "Gabriel" on the drum, the name wasn't centered.  Grrr...

Then I decided I would just take my seam ripper to the name, and just do without it.  Well, after about an hour of fighting with the stitches, this is as far as I got.

I thought about trying to line the design back up on my machine and restitching the drum, but I thought that with the satin stitches already on the drum, it would be too thick, and I might break another needle (or 5).  So I got creative and found a piece of ribbon that wasn't girly, laid it on the drum and cut it out to fit, burned the edges to prevent fraying, and sewed it on with my sewing machine. 

I actually really like the ribbon across the drum!  I think it turned out cute!  Gabriel loves it, too, and that's what really matters.  Plus he thinks it's funny that he can look inside his shirt and see part of his name.  Kids...  :)  Oh, and I decided to add a little wording to it, because, well, the kid rocks! 

And in other news, MCA Applique has launched their new website, and it is awesome!  She sells beautiful applique and embroidery designs (75% off right now!), fabric, clothing blanks, and so much more!  She has really fast shipping, too!  Go check it out!


  1. Great fix. You can't even tell that it originally had his name.

    Visiting from Sew Many Ways "Find A Friend Friday".

    1. Thanks! I thought it turned out nicely :)


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