Years ago I bought this 20U Singer industrial. It was under protest. I had burned the brushes off a very nice 930 Bernina. If you don’t know any of these numbers, take my word. 930 Berninas were war horses in armor.
So they told me that a 20 U was a tough enough machine. I had mine calabrated to work with embroidery thread, and did a number of zigzag embroidery images on it.
For a fast machine, it was still a tedious experience. This machine doesn’t really use a foot. So all the fabric needed to be hooped. And unhooped. And re-hooped. Again and again and again.
I simply stopped working with it at one point. I was considering selling it.
But people have always loved the quilts made through this technique. It allows for so much detail and coloration. 40 weight embroidery thread is ephemerally beautiful, and it shines when it’s laid in color layers.
Yesterday, I tried it with a felt stabilizer sandwich and a Halo hoop
The Halo Hoop has been around for a while. I use them for any larger bit of embroidery I’m working on. It’s a weighted metal hoop with a plastic coating that grips the fabric. Instead of clamping it, you simply slide the hoop along.
My favorite stabilizer sandwich is ( from the back tp the front) a drawing in Totally Stable, a layer of Decor Bond,a layer of polyester felt, and a layer of hand dyed fabric as my top. Anything that doesn’t iron down, I spray glue with 505 spray.
I took this frog drawing and stated to color. I worked from the back for two reasons. My drawing was there, and I could tie off the ends.
Things I learned
- My father’s old saying: if it’s too hard, too horrible or too long, you have the wrong tool.
- You can use a hammer for a saw, but it’ s hard on the hammer and what you’re sawing.
Rethinking how to use your tools makes all the difference.
And most of all, good tools change everything!