cutwork embroidery: Embroidery process used on table linens and holiday ornaments. The craftsperson places the design on the cloth using a mixture of bluing and kerosene (which washes out easily). The craftsperson inserts the cloth into an embroidery hoop and removes the foot of a treadle sewing machine to expose the needle, then eases the embroidery hoop under the needle and begins to sew. Eye, hand and foot coordination are essential to move and turn the embroidery hoop back and forth to stitch the design. The craftsperson uses a sharp curved scissors to cut away the cloth from open parts of the design, then does the intricate webbing. When the design is complete, the craftsperson removes the cloth from the embroidery hoop and trims it carefully along the outer edge. It takes up to a year to learn to do cutwork designs well. www.richmondvillages.com
Yes that’s how cutwork was done in the past! With the introduction of our Janome Cutwork Kit, its as easy as digitizing your embroidery design and creating the areas to be cut out. Once the design is in your embroidery machine, instead of thread, cutting needles cut out the fabric so you don’t have to fiddle with scissors, cutting the teeny tiny fabric bits out yourself!
The Cutwork software is an add-on program to your JANOME DIGITIZER MBX version 4 or 4.5 The program comes with an installation CD as well as an instructional CD with sample embroidery designs to get you going. The kit also contains the 4 cutting needles and a little needle holder for inserting & removing the cutting needles from the embroidery machine.
Another incredibly fabulous use for these cutting needles, is cutting out applique shapes instead of laboriously cutting all your little shapes for an intricate applique design. Digitize the shapes for cutting, prepare the fabric, hoop up stabilizer and cut multiple fabric shapes in ONE hooping. NOW we are talking my language! I adore doing applique but really don’t like cutting out the fiddly little bits.
Grab a cup of tea and watch Nancy Fiedler from Janome America, take you step by step through the features as she demonstrates how to make a very elegant pillow. Click this link to see it in action!
This is truly amazing software…….please see your local Embroidery software authorized JANOME dealer for more information.
Happy embroidering and ‘cutting’,
Linda and Liz