I almost cut myself; those edges are so sharp.

Embroidery Frames – Part 3 of Embroidery Frames Tutorial – Free-Standing

The Free-Standing Frame

Note: The Free-Standing Frames in this tutorial are not free-standing lace.
However, I do have a free-standing lace frame here.

Pictures in this tutorial are from Lacy Heart Frames Collection

Sewing the Embroidery

Following the directions that came with the designs, prepare the fabric, and hoop it with the additional stabilizers noted.

If using the single corners, sew 4 repeats. Be sure 2 of them are the mirror image designs**. That’s why they are there.

If using the special left/right side designs (requires 6×11 hoop) then sew two repeats. One being the mirror image of the other**.

**Note: The two sides of the corners are not identical. Each side is a different design. Hence, the mirror image designs.

Follow the thread changes listed in the document including the last step and thread change.

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Remove all from the hoop.

Use ¼-inch seam allowances for the Free-standing frames.

This distance is already stitched. It is where the stitches stop on either end when the fusible stabilizer was sewn on. Shown here with the dashed black line

Cut across this line on each end of each design.

Note the cut lines.
Note the cut lines.

Cut out the designs 1/16-inch outside the stitch lines that attached the fusible stabilizer – shown in purple. Take your time doing this.

Careful not to cut anymore off the two ends where the pieces will be sewn together.

Trim close but not too close.
Trim close but not too close.

For turning, the stabilizer needs to be cut open. Use scissors to cut through the center of the fusible stabilizer as shown.

Split the stabilizer in preparation to turn it.
Split the stabilizer in preparation to turn it.

Pinning & Sewing Together

Lay out the four corners and match the design elements end to end

Take 2 and place right sides together and pin in place.

Make sure the two ends of each corner match the ends of the corners they will be sewn to. As noted above, the two sides of the corners are not identical. Each side is a different design. Hence, the mirror image designs.

Remember that the corners are mirrored images of one another when arranging them.
Remember that the corners are mirrored images of one another when arranging them.

How I pin to hold embroidery elements aligned together

Pin at each element by pushing a straight pin straight through the top piece and straight down into the same spot on the bottom piece. I do this for each element – shown done with white head pins.

Shown from the bottom.
Shown from the bottom.

Carefully insert the (red) pins that will stay into the fabric as you sew.

Careful not to offset each spot where the white pins are inserted.

Again, from the backside of the project.
Again, from the backside of the project.

Notice the white pin tips are still in the same spot and sticking straight up.

 

Sewing ends together

Set up the machine for a straight stitch set a 4 mm length. This way if the elements don’t remain aligned it is easier to remove these longer stitches.

Start  with the needle down just off the fabric and onto the stabilizer.

Ready to stitch!
Ready to stitch!

Sew on the fabric one to two thread widths inside the row of stitches made during the embroidery process. Don’t sew across the stabilizer. Just sew on the fabric.

Don’t forget you will be sewing over some of the embroidery because it extends a little bit into the seam allowance for continuous embroidery stitches in the well of the seam.

Now stitch the middles together.
Now stitch the middles together.

Sew off the end of the fabric one stitch onto the stabilizer

Sew past the design a stitch or two.
Sew past the design a stitch or two.

Open it up and Check to see if the elements are aligned

Looks good to me!
Looks good to me!

 

Set up the sewing machine for a straight stitch set at 2.5 mm length

Go back and sew over the 4 mm stitches made earlier to secure the seam

Now the top of the frame is constructed.

Repeat for the other 2 corners to make the bottom of the frame

Repeat the same process sewing the top and bottom together to complete the frame.

Continue – Finishing Free-Standing Embroidery Frames – Part 4 of Embroidery Frames Tutorial

 

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