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Free Machine Embroidery Tutorial – I Heart You

Posted by Linda Matthews on January 31, 2014

Free Machine Embroidery Tutorial - I Heart YouWith Valentines Day quickly approaching, I thought this would be an ideal time to revisit my tutorial for making a “see through” heart design using machine needle-lace.

Machine needle-lace is a very versatile technique and one I use often, particularly for making embellishments. But you can also use it for other applications and one of my favorites is “see-through” designs. This needle-lace heart design is a simple project that demonstrates this technique.

If you’re not familiar with machine needle-lace, it’s made using free motion and sewing small, pea-size loops which overlap themselves. You will also need to use an embroidery hoop to help stabilize your fabric.

Free Machine Embroidery Tutorial - I Heart You

You can download this heart shaped template by right clicking on the image and saving to your desktop.

Free Machine Embroidery Tutorial - I Heart You

Generally you would use this technique on one or two layers of fabric, or a quilt block. Transfer your heart shaped design to the top of your fabric, hoop your fabric in an embroidery hoop, then stitch one or two rows of straight stitch around the design to stabilize the fabric.

Free Machine Embroidery Tutorial - I Heart You

Using small sharp scissors, cut away the center of the design close to the stitching line.

Needlelace

Cut a piece of water soluble stabilizer and pin the stabilizer in place underneath the cutaway design.

Free Machine Embroidery Tutorial - I Heart You

Fill in the design with machine needle-lace, then stitch a row of satin stitch to finish off the edge.

Free Machine Embroidery Tutorial - I Heart You

For added embellishment, you could also sew a row of decorative stitching around the outer edge of the design.

Free Machine Embroidery Tutorial - I Heart You

You could use this design as a quilt block or as a design element for a small project. Enjoy!

Free Machine Embroidery Tutorial - I Heart You

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  1. I Linda,

    This is the first day that I visited your website and really like what I see. I think you are great.

  2. Thanks Corrine, and welcome :)
    Linda

  3. This is the first time that I have seen your ideas and incredible works. I am so glad that the “Threads” newsletter led me to your site. I will visit often! I love your work!

    • Thanks for visiting Martha; I’m glad you found some inspiration!
      Linda

  4. So nice! I can’t wait to try this technique! Ideas are flowing!
    Thank you.

  5. This is so neat – thanks Linda.

  6. Dear Linda: Thanks for a great blog and all your ideas. I got your link from my thread painting group that I’m with. What an inspiration you are. I’m a newbie at this , but am enjoying playing. Thanks, Pam

  7. Thanks ladies – enjoy!

  8. Another great tutorial. I have added you to my list!

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