I love using my Janome 550E Embroidery Machine to create unique things. I made some fun stuffed snowballs for my son-in-law and nephew to have an indoor snowball fight last Christmas. You can read the previous Janome Life blogs about that project HERE.
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In this situation, however, the design I used was digitized beautifully. I just had “help” while I was using my embroidery machine. Delilah!! Isn’t she sweet?!
Don’t let looks deceive you. She looks cute and innocent, but she can be a little devil. She decided to sit on the embroidery hoop as my machine was stitching the snowball…… and this is what happened!
I’m just glad she only weighs 5 pounds, lol! It could have been a lot worse! Sitting on the hoop caused the stitching to shift, so now there’s a gap around the outer edge of the snowman’s eyeball.
I’m a bit of a perfectionist, so I didn’t like this gap of white showing around the outside of the eyeball.
What to do?! Digitizing won’t fix this, lol!
I could have ripped out all those stitches and started the embroidery design over again – which is not an option I was willing to take! lol!
I could have tried to realign the design to stitch over the white background fabric to fill in the eyeball, but that would added more density to that area, and it would have taken more time.
Since it was such a small area, and these snowballs were for fun, I decided to cheat a little and took a black sharpie permanent marker to carefully fill in the white part of the eye.
Shh!! You would never know!
Using colored markers is a great quick fix, so keep them handy in your sewing room – away from the cat, lol!