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This archived content is from Mary Wilkins’ sewing and quilting message board “Sew What’s New,” which was retired in August 2007. It is being provided by “Sew What’s Up,” which serves as the new home for many members of “Sew What’s New.”
From: Dawn Oberholtz
Date: 03-18-2005, 11:27 PM (1 of 3)
Hello ladies, My name is Dawn I am new to this forum and also new to sewing. I am having a very hard time finding any information on how to smock on a dress. I love so many of the boutique brand dresses that are smocked for my daughter but with the expense of them I would love to learn how to do that myself. Is it possible? Help please!HA! Please forgive my newness to this wonderful hobby. I have a janome 9000 if that will help with helping me. :wink: Thank you so much and I look forward to getting to know all of you and learning in the process. Blessings, Dawn Oberholtz
User: Dawn Oberholtz
Member since: 03-18-2005
Total posts: 1
From: shediditagen
Date: 03-19-2005, 11:35 PM (2 of 3)
Smocking is easy and enjoyable. The first thing you need to do is have your fabric pleated or purchase iron on "dots". Some Simplicity or McCalls patterns have the transfer dots included. A beginner book on How To Smock, maybe the Library would have one. Nothing beats a one on one for a beginner, ask about groups at needlework or fabric stores. Betty
User: shediditagen
Member since: 03-15-2005
Total posts: 28
From: JulieS
Date: 03-20-2005, 01:05 AM (3 of 3)
Hi Dawn...

I am new to smocking myself.. hoping to complete a bishop dress for my daughter in time for Easter (ACK!). There is a thread in Heirloom sewing that talks about beginner smocking instruction... you may find it useful.

I also have the Janome 9000... do you use an embroidery software program with it? I am trying to decide which one to go with.

User: JulieS
Member since: 01-11-2005
Total posts: 26
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