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FSL Halloween Hanging Decorations

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Materials
  • Fibrous water soluble stabilizer such as Wet N Gone®
  • Polyester embroidery threads in white, black, orange, green, lime green, grey
  • Filled matching bobbins
  • Craft yard or 1/8” ribbon for hangers

  • Designs used in this project

    Final Product: What You Will Create

    Preface:
    Stitching time listed is for the whole set of the FSL Halloween decorations but does not include drying time as that will vary due to the humidity in your area.


    Step 1:
    Hoop two layers of fibrous water soluble stabilizer in your hoop (some designs take a 4” x 7” hoop others can be sewn in a 4” x 4” hoop. Do not use plastic types of water soluble toppings such as Solvy®, use the fibrous types of stabilizer.

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    Step 2:
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    For the one color designs, such as the skeleton, the ghost and the spider web simply load the design into your machine; load matching polyester threads in the upper and bobbin of your machine and press go! The design will stitch out completely. Do use polyester threads for these designs as rayon will just be too soft.


    Step 3:
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    Roughly cut around the completed design.


    Step 4:
    Hold the cut out design under hot running water for just a minute to remove the stabilizer. You want to leave a lot of the stabilizer in the project to stiffen it, so do not hold it under the water for too long.

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    Step 5:
    Lay on a smooth cotton towel to dry.

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    Step 6:
    For the multi-color designs such as the bat, witch’s hat, pumpkin and tombstone load a matching bobbin each time to change the top threads. To prevent colored thread tails from showing through main sections of the item bring the bobbin threads to the top of the work when starting a new color. To do this put the top thread through the presser foot; holding on to the top thread press the needle up button twice (this will bring the bobbin thread to the top of the work); hold both the top thread and bobbin thread ends together while you stitch a few stitches; stop the machine and trim the thread tails.

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    Step 7:
    You will still have thread tails on the back of the work left by the trimmers. Clip these threads off before you hold the design under the running water.

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    Step 8:
    Allow all designs to dry thoroughly before handling.

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    Step 9:
    If some of your pieces curl while drying you can press them flat. Place them between a soft surface (such as a scrap of Battilizer) and use a scrap of material over the top to keep from pressing them too hard.

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    Step 10:
    Feed varying lengths of craft yarn through the loops and tie at the end to hang your decorations from doorways, in windows or from chandeliers for that seasonal spooky ambience in your home.

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    For the love of embroidery...
     
    Pat Williams


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    Meet The Author: Pat Williams
    Award winning Digitizer, Embroidery Educator, Author and a Consultant to the Industry, Pat Williams has 20 years of experience in the embroidery industry. Pat has won multiple awards for her digitizing expertise including the 2007 Impressions Awards Grand Championship, Best of Show as well as the 1st and 2nd Place Awards.. Pat’s love of digitizing has afforded her the opportunity to write many articles for Impressions magazine in the United States and Images Magazine in Europe. She also has authored her own digitizing training CD series, “Digitizing Steps to Success.” In 2001 Pat was named “Embroidery Educator of the Year.” For many years Pat lead digitizing seminars at the ISS Shows in Long Beach, CA and for Compucon software. Pat retired from the commercial embroidery arena in 2010. She now resides in Sierra Vista, AZ. She can be reached at pwilliams22@cox.net.

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    Jill C Dec 21, 2016
    Love this one Pat! Nice.. Thanks Jill
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