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Lately I've been getting back into embroidery, urged on by my latest mini project of sewing the fabric details like bedding and whatnot for my dollhouse. Eventually I want to embroider a couple of nice rugs and perhaps crochet some thread lace for window treatments for it. However, it's been about seven years since I last put needle and floss to fabric, as the last project before this one was a pair of pillowcases with a stamped cross stitch pattern completed when I was 17. Very simple and not terribly interesting.

In the endeavor to practice a little on something larger before I begin working on something mini, I went sorting through my file of patterns for something to work on, and came up with this raven pattern I bought from Urban Threads many years ago. I don't have a printer right now, so I just free-handed it, and I think it looks pretty good! So far using a combination of backstitch and long and short stitch to fill it in.

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Hello! I know that I was late with the question, but I would be interested to get an answer from the author of the thread. Have you tried to embroider such patterns with an embroidery machine? I have a little practice of manual embroidery, then I would like to start doing something similar on an embroidery machine.

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Lisa, do you control your embroidery machine, or do you have a computer to do it all for you?

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6 hours ago, lisalewis said:

Hello! I know that I was late with the question, but I would be interested to get an answer from the author of the thread. Have you tried to embroider such patterns with an embroidery machine? I have a little practice of manual embroidery, then I would like to start doing something similar on an embroidery machine.

Hi Lisa,

I've actually never used an embroidery machine, I like doing it by hand so much. It's almost meditative in a way, and I feel that the end product has a lot more personality to it. That's just me though! Most embroidery machines I've seen tend to just do it for you if you load a pattern into them, if you wanted to control it yourself I think you'd have to draw the pattern first with washable fabric marker to create a guide for yourself.

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I have an embroidery machine a very old model but works. It has not really occurred to me to try mini projects with it because I think the end product would be far too bulky. I think the cloth would be too heavy for a miniature scene as well. Perhaps the newer models are capable of making a finer design on thinner material. 

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I'm with Alannah in that I find any needlework by hand puts me into The Zone.  That said, I love some of the newer machine embroidered shirts and blouses, and some of the fabrics and designs seem like they would work in mini.

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14 hours ago, MiniaturesInsight said:

Hi Lisa,

I've actually never used an embroidery machine, I like doing it by hand so much. It's almost meditative in a way, and I feel that the end product has a lot more personality to it. That's just me though! Most embroidery machines I've seen tend to just do it for you if you load a pattern into them, if you wanted to control it yourself I think you'd have to draw the pattern first with washable fabric marker to create a guide for yourself.

Hi Alannah,

I agree that hand embroidery has more personality. Even if there are inaccuracies and errors in such work, it does not look terrible, but looks unique. Plus this is for some a really great way to meditate. But unfortunately, I do not always have the patience to finish the embroidery. So I started reading about embroidery machines. It seems to work on it is not difficult. I have already made a list of some embroidery machines that I liked in terms of price and quality. Here is some of them:
Brother PE770
Brother PE535
SINGER Futura XL-550
Lisa, maybe you can help with advice in choosing, since you already have experience using an embroidery machine, albeit an old model

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My machine is a Simplicity so no help there. If there are any sewing machine stores in your area I would talk to someone there. 

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