This week's online It's Sew Easy TV show features styles for an evening out and about, or something to wear while lounging around Home Sweet Home.
Louis starts the show with some stunning embroidery stitched on one of my favorite machines, the Brother Persona, PRS 100 Singular Sensation Single Needle Free Arm Embroidery Only Machine. I know that's a long title, but in my opinion this machine is deserving of a standing ovation for all the possibilities it holds for those who seek an affordable embroidery machine with lots of room for growth and optional accessories. With a tubular style arm, this cap capable machine can embroider hard to hoop items both large and small. Take a quick look at what comes with the Persona and you'll see what I mean.
I've taught a lot of hands-on classes with the Persona since it was first introduced and each time I use it I am more and more impressed with it's potential. If you want to learn more about this machine I suggest you visit your local Brother dealer for details, prices, and current specials.
Back to the show, Louis shares some of his best tips to embroider garments for guys. Be sure to watch the whole segment. You'll see some bling for sure but you'll also see how he matches up designs to create long lines of embroidery and you'll get ideas for embroidering a look for men that is toned down or ready to shine bright at night!
In the second part of the show you'll see a segment that is on my list of all time favorites. This episode features Asian influenced pajamas made from Folkwear pattern #145. Once again, this unique pattern line supplies a pattern style that is authentically Asian. You could easily add bands like the ones featured here to basic Pajama pants and tops or consider using this idea for street clothes as well.
I used two shades of the same fabric and added embroidered bands using designs selected from a Limited Edition Design Collection produced by Dime. I used this artistic Asian fan design for the pockets.
Then I selected this motif for the banded border. When you watch you'll see that the bands are stitched in somewhat of a quilted fashion before the embroidery is added. This is a technique I often use when I want to add embroidery to fabric that easily shows puckers, like the satin you see here. By quilting to a base of flannel essentially I create "planned puckers" and beef up the fabric at the same time so the embroidery has a more stable base. The snap style Border Hoop makes it really easy to embroidery on narrow strips of fabric and it's available for several Brother model machines.
On the show you'll hear me say that I like to cut my fabric pieces oversized before embroidering. Then I can stitch the designs, trim the finished piece to fit the pattern, and complete the construction of the garment. Plain fabric is suddenly transformed into a pretty panel with the added embroidery motifs. It's so much fun to make your own original fabric accents with added embroidered bands!!!
I must confess, I love days when I can stay in my pajamas. When they look this good there's really no reason to get dressed! You can CLICK HERE to go watch this show from now until noon on November 11th. Be sure to visit the itsseweasytv.com website to download detailed instructions that accompany this set. I'd love to hear your thoughts, feel free to leave your comments below!
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