MAKING YOUR OWN EMBROIDERED FABRIC YARDAGE USING JANOME DIGITIZING SOFTWARE

Have you wandered amongst gorgeous fabrics at your favourite store and stopped to touch & admire the beautiful embroidered fabrics? Used to be mainly just for bridal & similar purposes but now we see all sorts of lovely fabrics with embroidery embellishment amongst the regular fashion fabrics. All is good until I put my glasses on & check out the price tag……ouch….. OK, so I won’t be buying that fabric today!

No, I did not embroider this fabric - this is just an example of the gorgeous fabrics that we can buy today if we have enough $$$

No, I did not embroider this fabric – this is just an example of the gorgeous fabrics that we can buy today if we are prepared to pay out enough $$$

If you have had a similar experience to me, perhaps you might have wondered if you could make your own embroidered fabrics ? I did more than wonder……….I sat down at my computer and digitized some fun things using stitches & emblems in the Embroidery Gallery of JANOME DIGITIZER MBX. Find this under the top tab: Embroidery > select Embroidery Gallery and have a great deal of fun trying out all sorts of embroideries. You can resize these, group them, combine them with other embroideries ……. your imagination might end up being your biggest limitation! Of course, you can also choose embroidery designs you already own (or digitize some new ones ) to make yardage like the pic above which seems to be pink flowers on black fabric.

Tone on tone embroidery using the Embroidery gallery stitches

Tone on tone embroidery using the Embroidery gallery stitches

Of course, if you wish to embroider all over a piece of fabric (think satin; organza; silk; and a host of other suitable fashion fabrics) to make your own embroidered yardage; then you are going to need to rehoop and embroider multiple hoopings depending on your size of fabric.  Of course, our JANOME MC 12000 with the lovely big SQ23 & GR hoops DO make this task a lot easier.

Are you getting a teeny bit nervous? Are you telling yourself that “No way can I do something like this” ? Well, there is no need for thinking like that. With our JANOME Clothsetter (available for every Janome embroidery machine……check out recent posts about the Clothsetter) and a simple paper template, it is NO big deal at all to hoop & rehoop lining up the separate hoopings to produce “seamless” embroideries where not you nor anyone else is going to see where you started & ended!

paper template for the above pic - shows the clothsetter marking to line up multiple hoopings

paper template for the above pic – shows the clothsetter marking to line up multiple hoopings

Another tone on tone embroidery - this time on organza fabric. Just be sure to use water soluble stabilizer as you do NOT want to pick out bits of tearaway stabilizer!

Another tone on tone embroidery – this time on organza fabric. Just be sure to use water soluble stabilizer as you do NOT want to pick out bits of tearaway stabilizer!

emb fabric 1This pic shows black tone on tone on satin fabric – sorry it was quite difficult to capture it clearly with my little (not so fancy) camera!

Are you inspired today to produce some of your own, unique embroidered fabric yardage?? Mmmmmm……..it sure bears some thought if you want to have fun, actually USE your JANOME DIGITIZER EMBROIDERY SOFTWARE….. and then be able to tell people that you made the fabric you used in your jacket or evening purse!!

About lizafrica

I am the National Education Manager for Janome & Elna Canada (including Artistic Creative products) and I LOVE to sew! I have been employed full time in the sewing and quilting industry for almost 30 years so I bring a wealth of sewing knowledge & expertise to this blog. I enjoy all forms of sewing from quilting to sewing garments to machine embroidery and software. Pretty much everything in my life is seen through the eyes of a passionate sewer! I am constantly on the look out for fun, innovative and inspiring ideas to share with you all on this blog. I also love to read, knit , travel and spend time with my family and friends.
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4 Responses to MAKING YOUR OWN EMBROIDERED FABRIC YARDAGE USING JANOME DIGITIZING SOFTWARE

  1. Judy says:

    I have two wonderful super-sized Euro pillows that I got from Target on clearance years ago. They are Rachel Ashwell Simply Shabby Chic and are white cotton with a large all-over white embroidery design on them. Very posh and simply stunning. The allover design gives the impression that the front covers are almost made of silk. I have tried to analyze those covers so many times wondering if they were made from a fabric that was purchased with the embroidery already done. I would love to make more bed linens of fabrics trimmed this way and was googling online when I stumbled onto this article. I can see that an embroidery machine is in my future.

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Judy,
      We are glad you were inspired by our janomelife blog and we hope you decide to purchase a JANOME EMBROIDERY MACHINE – you will then definitely be able to make your own embroidered fabric for Euro pillows and much more!
      Liz
      Janome Canada.

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  2. Whitney says:

    No prob about the dark photo. We understand, you spent your money on fabric! 🙂

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    • lizafrica says:

      Too funny! I have a digital camera (again nothing fancy as photography is not my passion……quilting,sewing & fabric collection are as you rightly guessed) but truth of the matter is that I carry around so much stuff that most times I end up taking pics with my iphone!! Photography enthusiasts would no doubt cringe. And I must add that I do call in the “big guns” from time to time when I need professional pics for a bio or of a qult being entered into a competition. One day when I have time (?!) I might improve my photography equipment & skills….maybe if I can tear myself away from the fabric store!
      Liz

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