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From: somo
Date: 02-23-2007, 06:40 PM (1 of 5)
Besides vests, tablecloths, and napkins what are some of the items that are best to "emblish". What is the best emblishment for your recommend object? Thanks,

User: somo
Member since: 11-26-2005
Total posts: 1
From: paroper
Date: 02-23-2007, 08:27 PM (2 of 5)
I think it is not a matter of what you can embellish, as much as what you cannot...the sky is the limit. You can use braid and succotash and embroidery, beads, sequins, heat set crystals, embellising stitches from your machine on jackets, blouses, dresses, skirts, bags, almost anything.

Bernina 200e, Artista V5 Designer Plus, Explorations, Magic Box, Bernina 2000DE & 335 Bernette Serger, Bernina 1530 Sewing Machine, Bernina 1300 DC Overlock (with coverstitch)
User: paroper
Member since: 02-03-2004
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From: temom
Date: 02-23-2007, 08:58 PM (3 of 5)
Pretty much anything I can get my hands on. I'm a newbie, so I don't have any great skills. But I do have a willing 6 year old daughter. My most recent embellishment was a furry, stringy, varigated yarn (I'm sure it has a name, and I'm sure I don't know it). I took a pair of plain jeans (she abhors plain) and hand sewed it around the front pockets (I only hand sewed it because I was afraid to put it through my machine). I also tied a short length to a belt loop in the back, so it hangs down about 5 inches. She loves it.
Oh, I forgot. I bought a plain white polo shirt for her for a few dollars. I then chose a decorative stitch on my sewing machine, and placed one on each point on the collar, and every 2 inches around the sleeve band, and the bottom hem (she also hates to tuck anything in). I used a varigated thread, and the stitch looks like a butterfly, so I think it looks pretty cool.

I would love to learn more and get more ideas. I hope lots of people reply to this post!
User: temom
Member since: 01-19-2007
Total posts: 410
From: PaulineG
Date: 02-23-2007, 11:52 PM (4 of 5)
I did several aprons for people at Christmas time and used some embroidery thread to do a row of "tinsel" along the top and bottom edge of the apron. It all depends somewhat on whether you planned to do machine or hand embellishment. Lacking an embroidery machine I'm fairly limited but have many plans (on a long list) to do some hand embroidered and beaded clothing for my daughter.
User: PaulineG
Member since: 09-08-2006
Total posts: 901
From: SmokiesCrafter
Date: 02-24-2007, 07:33 PM (5 of 5)
I like to emblish Sweatshirts and T-shirts. You can paint them, add beads or jewels. Take a quilting square put that on and add trimming around it. Make that shirt into a jacket, change the neckline, sooooo many possibilities. Sometimes I put the fabric on the wrong side of the sweatshirt, then take the design, such as a heart, sew around that shape with a decorative stitch on the front side, then make hash lines across the heart with decorative stiches or plain, (suit yourself) then clip an X between the stitches. After laundering the X's will curl up and the printed design shows. Hey, here you are the designer and anything goes.

Have fun. Jacke
User: SmokiesCrafter
Member since: 02-16-2007
Total posts: 18
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