Free Machine Embroidery Tutorial – I Heart You

Machine Embroidery Tutorial: I Heart You

Machine needle-lace is a 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 embroidery, and sewing small, pea-size loops which overlap themselves. For this technique you will need to use an embroidery hoop to help stabilize your fabric.

Free Machine Embroidery Tutorial - I Heart You

What You Need

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 the 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 or two 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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10 thoughts on “Free Machine Embroidery Tutorial – I Heart You”

  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. 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!

  3. 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

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