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Embroidery Essentials Skills



Are you new to machine embroidery?  Or want to brush up on your skills?  This is the class for you!  Join us each month to learn essential embroidery techniques like freestanding lace, applique, tiling scenes, quilting in the hoop & more! Each month's project will inspire you, and you’ll learn tips to make your embroidery stress-free and fun! 

Join us in person, or virtually.  We are offering Saturdays in person, or Thursday evenings virtually.  Please note:  Saturday classes will begin promptly at 9:30.  Doors open at 9:00.

As part of our on-going 5th anniversary celebration, classes are only $10 each, or if you sign up for the entire year, $5 each.  This includes instructions and the design files to make the project for the month. IF YOU ARE REGISTERING ONLINE: Register for only 6 classes and we will automatically register you for the remaining 6.

Prerequisite:  New Owners Embroidery class or equivalent experience.  You must be able to load a design on screen, thread your machine & bobbin as well as change your needle.  This class series will cover techniques and not machine operation.

General supplies:
Embroidery machine in good working order, including power cord, embroidery unit, embroidery foot & hoop(s)
Extra bobbins & bobbin thread or prewound bobbins
Basic sewing supplies - scissors, seam rippers, etc.


Supplies specific to each month are listed below.


March - Stitch and Turn bunnies



Aren't these bunnies adorable?  We'll make the brown one in class.  

Supplies:
hoop size 150x240 or 200x200
fusible mesh cutaway stabilizer (OESD PolyMesh CutAway or Floriani PowerMesh)
water soluble topper (OESD StitchH2), Floriani Water Soluble Topper)
felt, 6"x9" (2 pieces)
fiber fill (to stuff the bunny)

Thread:  mint green, blue, yellow, dark green, pink, purple, dark purple, one that matches the felt
tape (OESD Expert Embroidery Tape Tearaway, Floriani Embroidery Perfection)
point turner
OESD alligator clamps
OESD Fuse and Seal (optional)
OESD Perfect Embroidery Press Cloth
embroidery needle 75/11


April - Piecing in the hoop



This is a way to make perfect triangles for your quilt blocks.  

Supplies:
hoop size:  150x240 or 200x200  (largest design size 135x135)
fusible mesh cutaway stabilizer  (OESD PolyMesh CutAway or Floriani PowerMesh)
lightweight fusible fleece (OESD Fuse and Fleece)

OESD Fuse and Seal (5" x 1/2") optional
Dark gray quilters cotton:  4"x4" (6), 6.5"x6.5" (3), 16"x16" (backing)
Gold quilters cotton: 5.5"x3.5" (6), 6.5"x6.5" (3)
tape (OESD Expert Embroidery Tape Tearaway, Floriani Embroidery Perfection)
point turner
OESD Perfect Embroidery Press Cloth
embroidery needle 80/12
thread - neutral color


May - Applique using a template



This cute little bear can be stitched on a pillow cover, or on the oject of your choice.

Supplies:
hoop size 200x200 or larger (design is 153x153)
sticky tearaway stabilizer (OESD StabilStick Tearaway or Floriani Perfect Stick Tearaway)
template (OESD Applique Fuse and Fix or Floriani Template Tearaway) printed with applique templates
water soluble topping (8"x8")
OESD Start Here Pillow Blank - Aqua, or fabric of your choice
quilters cotton - brown, 7"x7", tan 3"x5"
rickrack (optional), 30"x1/2"
thread: brown (match brown fabric), tan (match tan fabric), gray, green, light green, red, blue, one to match background fabric

tape (OESD Expert Embroidery Tape Tearaway, Floriani Embroidery Perfection)
point turner
OESD Perfect Embroidery Press Cloth
embroidery needle 75/11


June - Tiling scene



Learn how to make a tile scene by creating a trivet.  Or make more squares to make a placemat or table runner.

Supplies:

thread:  orange, antique gold, blue, one to match fabric
bobbin with contrasting thread
water soluble thread (optional)
medium weight tearaway stabilizer (use black if base fabric is dark)
fusible woven (OESD Fusible Woven, Pellon Shape Flex) (use black if base fabric is dark)
OESD Fuse and Seal, 4"x1/2" (optional)
dark teal fabric, 3/4 yd for tiles and backing
InsulBrite battinbg, 11"x11"
tape (OESD Expert Embroidery Tape Tearaway, Floriani Embroidery Perfection)
point turner
OESD alligator clamps
OESD Fuse and Seal (optional)
OESD Perfect Embroidery Press Cloth
embroidery needle 75/11
rotary cutter, ruler, and mat (18"x24" max)
fabric marking pen or pencil
open toe or edge piecing presser foot 
temporary spray adhesive (505 or KK2000)

July - Quilting in the hoop



Quilt a table runner, panel, or your piece from the April class.  Your choice!

Supplies:
Table runner, panel, project from April, or other item to quilt
Fabric for backing
fusible fleece (OESD Fuse and Fleece)
template sheets (OESD StabilStick Template Sheets, Floriani Template Tearaway)
OESD Perfect Embroidery Press Cloth
embroidery needle
thread to match or contrast with your fabric

August - Patches



Supplies:
cork or fabric for patch base, 4 1/2" square
thread for design (for design shown above: green, gray, light gray, red, brown, tan)
OESD Badgemaster (2 to fit hoop)
sticky cutaway (OESD StabilStick Cutaway, Floriani Perfect Stick Cutaway) ( 4.5" square, 2)
OESD Fuse and Seal (4" square)
tape
OESD Perfect Embroidery Press Cloth
embroidery needle


September - Freestanding applique building



Supplies:
fabric:  green, 1/4 yd, white (lining) 1/4 yd, roof, 8"x5" if different from walls)
thread - one color of your choice
bobbin with thread to match top thread
water soluble stabiliizer (OESD Aqua Mesh, Floriani Wet n Gone)
OESD Badgemaster
sticky cutaway stabilizer (OESD StabilStick Cutaway, Floriani Perfect Stick Cutaway)
OESD alligator clamps
OESD button clips
OESD Expert Embroidery Tape tearaway
OESD Expert Embroidery Tape washaway
OESD Perfect Punch tool
OESD Perfect Embroidery Press Cloth
embroidery needle, 75/11



General supplies:
Embroidery machine in good working order, including power cord, embroidery unit, embroidery foot & hoop(s)
Extra bobbins & bobbin thread or prewound bobbins
Basic sewing supplies - scissors, seam rippers, etc.

Please note:  Dates are subject to change due to staffing and/or conflicts with other events/conventions.  We will give as much advance notice as we can of changes.

Past classes:

October:  Embroidery on Towels.  Note date change for virtual lesson October only.



Learn which stabilizers to use on towels, and as an added bonus learn to add lettering from your machine to this fun fall frame.
Note that this is a large design.  Hoop size minimum 200x360.

October supplies:
Tea towel suitable for embroidery, white or cream
Thread:  light teal, dark teal, dark yellow, orange, red, light yellow, pink, dark gray, light gray.  Any additional colors for your lettering as desired.
Tearaway stabilizer with adhesive, such as OESD Ultra Clean and Tear Plus, Floriani Perfect Stick
Water soluble topper
OESD Expert Embroidery Tape TearAway or Floriani Embroidery Perfection Tape
OESD Perfect Embroidery Press Cloth (optional)
Temporary marking pen
75/11 or 80/12 embroidery needles

November:  Free-standing lace bookmark



Learn the technique of free-standing lace, then use it to make gifts, holiday ornaments, and more.  You'll learn the basics with this multi-color lace bookmark.

November supplies:
Thread - three of the same color family, one light, one medium, one dark
Water soluble stabilizer, such as OESD AquaMesh WashAway
OESD BadgeMaster WashAway
OESD Perfect Embroidery Press Cloth
Embroidery needle - 80/12 ballpoint
Bobbins with thread to match top threads
Hoop size:  130x180 possible, but 150x240 or 200x200 may work better.

December:  Cord keeper In-the-hoop 



Make this cord keeper entirely in the hoop!  Make several to tame all those wild cords - chargers, power cords, and others.  Make a few as quick gifts as well. 

December supplies:
Vinyl of choice -(by the yard), OESD Glitter Vinyl, Kimberbell Embroidery Leather (NOT Glitter Sheets), Cork will also work
Threads shown in image above:  light blue, red, white, medium blue, blue gray (or colors to coordinate with vinyl if you choose a different color vinyl)
Tearaway stabilizer
OESD Applique Fuse and Fix or Quilter's Select AppliStick
OESD Perfect Punch tool with 2mm tip or eyelet punch
plastic snaps (1 set) NOTE:  We will demonstrate the KamSnaps press and allow students to utilize our snap system
craft knife or buttonhole cutter
75/11 or 80/12 embroidery needle

January - Cutwork



Put this cutwork on corners of an apron, a tea towel, or a napkin.

Supplies for January:
Sticky water soluble stabilizer - OESD Aqua Mesh Plus or Floriani Wet and Gone Tacky
Apron, tea towel, or napkin

OESD Embroidery Wash Away Tape
OESD Perfect Embroidery Press Cloth (optional)
Thread in your choice of colors
Bobbin with matching thread
75/11 or 80/12 embroidery needle

Sewing machine in good working order with power cord and embroidery arm
Hoop (5x7 works wel)
Scissors to cut away fabric, such as duckbill applique scissors
February - Applique cut in place



Learn the basics of applique and make a cute card.

Supplies for February:
OESD StabilStick tearaway or Floriani Perfect Stick stabilizer
OESD fusible woven stabilizer or Shape Flex
OESD Fuse and Seal
OESD Luxe sparkle Viny, other vinyl, or cork in your choice of colors (5"x7" piece) (sample is brown)
Blank greeting card or card stock (5"x7")
Cream quilters cotton (4.5"x3")
Gold quilters cotton (2.5"x1.5")
OESD Embroidery Wash Away Tape
OESD Perfect Embroidery Press Cloth (optional)
Thread per thread chart in instructions (light, medium, and dark grays, burgundy, white, black)
75/11 or 80/12 embroidery needle
Sewing machine in good working order with power cord and embroidery arm
Hoop (5x7 works well)
Basic sewing supplies


Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details: Prerequisite: New Owners Embroidery class or equivalent experience. You must be able to load a design on screen, thread your machine & bobbin as well as change your needle. This class series will cover techniques and not machine operation.
Instructor: Sew What! staff
Instructor Bio: Melody and bunni will be teaching the Saturday classes, and bunni will teach the Thursday evening classes. bunni has been sewing since she was a teenager, learning the basics in high school (Thanks Mrs. Townsend) and has been in the sewing machine and embroidery business for longer than she wants to admit. Before opening Sew What! in 2018, bunni managed multiple locations for another sewing machine dealer here in Delaware, and in fact, worked for another dealer (Loders) back in college. You know, 10 years ago or so. Customers and staff think she knows everything there is to know about sewing machines and embroidery machines. She says she fakes it reasonably well.. Melody was taught to sew when she was 10 by her mother and has been sewing ever since. Her mom also taught her to embroider, including crewel and counted cross-stitch. Melody has tried other needle crafts, including needlepoint, knitting, crocheting, and quilting. Her projects usually start out with "Grandma, can you make...?" Machine embroidery is her current favorite.
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To adequately prepare for classes and events, we ask that you please register at least 2 weeks prior to the start date.  Your space in class will not be held withhout payment.  Each class has a minimum, and maximum, number of students and may fill, or be cancelled, prior to your payment.

If a
minimum number of students is not met, you will be notified, and your class fees refunded, at least 1 week prior to the class start date.  If you need to cancel cancel, please call the store at least 1 week prior to class for a full refund. No refunds of class or kit fees will be issued for cancellations under 1 week before the class start date. No shows will forfeit class and kit fees.


Upon registration you will be emailed a list of supplies needed for the class. All supplies should be purchased prior to class. Classes typically do not include time to purchase supplies. Unless otherwise noted, all supplies are available at Sew What! Inc.  Students will receive a 10% discount on all supplies listed.

We are diligent about enforcing copyright laws; if a book, pattern or embroidery design is required for a class, each student must purchase their own copy. There are no exceptions.

Students should bring their sewing machine with all of the appropriate parts (including the instruction manual, foot control and power cord). Students must be familiar with the basic operation (i.e. winding a bobbin and threading the machine) of their machine for creative classes, and the machine must be in good working condition. Alternatively, a student may pre-register to rent a sewing machine (when avail;able) for creative classes at a rental rate of $15 per class session.  Students who experiences great difficulty with their sewing machine during class may need to rent a machine.

Please be considerate of others. Do not bring children to class, wear heavy perfume or use cell phones during class. Please be prepared to start class on time.  Our doors typically open 30 minutes prior to your class start time to allow you to set up your sewing space. Classes begin and end promptly at the scheduled time.