Happy Halloween

I’ve been trying different things with my Janome MC 550E embroidery machine, and one really neat technique I want to try is free standing lace (FSL). There are designs for every season; every occasion.

You can make some really amazing 3D items, like this free standing lace skull my friend made.

Picture courtesy of Kelly Sang
Picture courtesy of Kelly Sang.

Using Madeira Water Soluble Stabilizer is one of the secrets to this technique, and, after embroidering each segment of the design, the skull is then hand sewn together using the same thread as the embroidery. Janome Canada is a distributor of Madeira products, including stabilizers and a variety of thread for every purpose, so check with your Janome dealer for details.

I love the detail in this design! These make great Halloween decorations, too. Just put a battery operated tea light underneath to give it a great spooky look. The kids will love it!

Just a reminder…a great place to stash your Halloween candy from the kids, and everyone else, is in the hidden compartment in the seat of the Arrow sewing chair, also available from Janome dealers.

Happy Halloween and Happy Sewing from Janome Canada!

About Anne Stitcher

I have been an Educator with Janome for several years now. Crafting is my passion. I love to sew, quilt, crochet, knit, cross-stitch, scrapbook, paper tole and cook. I have so many hobbies. I am always doing something. I love to use my skills to help people in need and to pass on my knowledge to others. Happy Sewing!
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4 Responses to Happy Halloween

  1. Elizabeth says:

    sewing the pieces together is a great idea. I am currently working on a freestanding lace sewing machine and putting it together with the buttons and buttonholes is driving me crazy. I will never do one like this again. Too much trouble. The buttons keep breaking off. So I think sewing is the key and since I’m only halfway through I may try that with the rest of the pieces. Thanks for the idea.


    • janomeman says:

      Happy Halloween, Elizabeth! Sew glad you found today’s post helpful!. Thank you for sharing the Janome Love!


    • C Kay Bergren says:

      I have made almost 100 percent of the FSL that OESD has offered over the past several years. I made the sewing machine as well with silver metallic thread and black.


      • janomeman says:

        Thank you sew much for sharing the love, C Kay! Free Standing Lace is such a fun technique and the results can be quite amazing. Happy Sewing!


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