I’ve had this little project in my head for a while now.
There are many good reasons to ensure that your dog (or cat) has some form of ID on their collars. Tags are a traditional method. But there are some reasons why you may not want to have a metal tag on a collar. First of all, some of them can make a lot of noise! Although the little jingle-jangle can be cute at first… after a while that can be a bit much.
And if your pet is crate-trained, you know you have to remove collars before leaving them in a crate (so as not to risk a tag getting caught accidentally!). But if you are traveling in a car, you may want a collar on (while you are with them) just to ensure you can quickly and securely hold on to them when it’s time for them to come out.
This embroidery project came together on my Janome Skyline S9.
Have I mentioned before how much I love this machine? There’s not a lot it can’t do. Even an embroidery project that involved a bit more of a heavier “fabric” was handled with ease.
The trick to working with nylon webbing and an embroidery machine is to make sure you have a fresh needle. It’s actually good practice to change out your needle before beginning any new project, and this is no exception. If you are doing a lot of this type of embroidery, you’ll also want to change your needle often as the webbing will dull a needle quickly.
There are several different collar styles you can make yourself.
I chose to make a martingale dog collar. This one has no buckle and sits looser around the neck. Many of you know I have Basset Hounds. If you’ve seen pictures of them before, you know they have a lot of extra loose skin, especially around this neck. I find this type of collar fits them well. There is also a traditional style buckle collar that is even more straight-forward to make.
To begin this project, I used an old collar to understand how all the sections would be connected together. I also used the old collar to for measurements.
The hardware I was able to source at my local sewing store. There are also a lot of online options. You just want to make sure you get good quality hardware – something that won’t break easily! For my version of martingale, I used more nylon webbing (as you’ll see in the pic below) instead of the metal section in the pic above.
For this type of collar you will need:
- one-inch nylon webbing (you’ll see generally two types of webbing available, this and polypropylene – nylon is the stronger of the two),
- two one-inch rectangular pieces of hardware,
- one one-inch metal D-ring, and
- one tri-glide slide – metal is nice but plastic for this piece is fine as it doesn’t bare any stress when the collar is in use.
This was my initial concept for my collar all mocked out to test for sizing and how it would come together.
The top loop on this collar for Bailey is 12 inches. The bottom loop is 24 inches (and is the section you adjust to made it fit). Generally this would be considered about a medium size. The collar I made for Bennie (who probably needs a size large) was 12 inches for the top loop and 32 inches for the bottom loop.
Putting together my collar in the above image also allowed me to get a sense of exactly how much room I had for embroidering on a name and emergency phone number (approx. 8 inches) and the placement for that piece.
I marked the area I wanted to keep my embroidery between with my soft chalk marker.
There are several different ways to ensure the webbing is secure in the embroidery hoop.
While you don’t really need a stabilizer to ensure your stitches don’t go too deep into your nylon webbing – I found using a lightweight stabilizer helped keep my webbing from shifting about. Some people like to lightly pin above and below the area you are embroidering in. You can also do a hand-basting stitch. Or just secure it in the hoop.
I used Maderia Cotton Soft which is a lightweight tear-away stabilizer.
The Janome AcuEdit App made it easy to set up the embroidery file. I love that the Janome Skyline S9 is wifi! And the Janome AcuSetter App made it easy to ensure that the name and phone number was perfectly centred on that one inch webbing.
Once the embroidery was complete, the only thing left is to assembly the collar. To make sure all the connections are as secure as they can be, these collars typically use a box stitch at all the joining sections.
I used the HP foot and plate on my machine and it was great for these straight stitches.
The only thing left is to get my adorable models to try out their new collars!
Collars on bassets are very hard to photograph. LOL! Remember how I mentioned at the start we were dealing withe a lot of extra skin? Regardless, they do fit very well. The nylon webbing softens with use and they feel very strong.
I think they like them! What do you think?
With the Janome Skyline S9, the embroidery possibilities are endless! What have you conquered on your Janome embroidery machine?