This linen blouse is ‘naked’; plain, a little boring and it’s perfect to embellish to personalize it. Let’s add some extra value to the blouse by adding some embroidery! The weave is quite open so it is necessary to avoid seeing the stabilizer through the fabric. I opted for Madeira’s Super Film, which is a heavier stabilizer which dissolves with the heat of the iron.
Notice the small dots on the back of the stabilizer which makes it rough and it is this side that must touch the fabric. That added texture helps grip the fabric to keep in place, but it’s also part of the magic construction of this disappearing stabilizer. It is inserted into the hoop along with the fabric to be embroidered.
When the embroidery is finished, the excess stabilizer must be removed; it can be cut away, then the embroidery piece ironed. The heat of the iron melts the stabilizer which forms small balls of dust. Do not worry, this operation leaves no trace on the soleplate of the iron.
The embroidery is finished. The result is perfect and the fabric is flat and free of puckers. I chose light, open patterns which are quite airy and are all from the same family of designs.
I also stitched the yoke seams in the front and back with a triple stitch so that the seams were more apparent. Since the Janome Continental M17 offers new stitch categories, I chose a pattern from the “Botanical” category to enhance the collar. I used a tone-on-tone rayon thread.
Pay attention to the buttons in the first photo; they are common and slightly thick, so I changed them to more delicate mother-of-pearl buttons. The seven buttons were sewn with the Janome Button Sewing Foot (T) and its specific function in the “Buttonhole” category. Sewing a button on by machine is such a time saver!
I pushed the coquetry by adding new small patterns, which are built-in to the machine, between the buttonholes… WOW!!! They make the shirt come alive!
Janome Canada is a distributor of Madeira stabilizer so check with any Janome Canada dealer for the fabulous Madeira Super Film, and other Madeira stabilizers. They play such an integral role in any embroidery project.