I finally got a chance to play with the Aurifil 12 weight thread I ordered in. I am excited by the possibilities wound in each spool. I've sewn with 12 weight thread before, but never successfully through the needle - it always ended up having to go in the bobbin, and my work stitched upside-down. This Aurifil thread is different. I gingerly started stitching some samples to test it out. I didn't even have to adjust the tension on the machine.
The thread has a silky finish which goes easily through a size 100/16 Topstitch needle.
Free motion embroidery with this thread holds lots of promise. I traced a simple design onto white cotton and layered it with tear-away stabilizer.
Not bad for a first attempt! Honestly, it's way better than I could have stitched by hand...and literally done in minutes. I can see some cute Red Work Christmas ornaments in my future.
Blue Work is fun too.
This time instead of doing it with stabilizer, I added batting and backing and quilted through the layers. You can see where I checked the thread tension on the side - again, no adjustment needed.
I had this basket block on hand, so I added a bit of embroidery to jazz it up.
What an easy way to add quilting and embellishment at the same time.
Zonta Bazaar on October 17. Next post I will show more Red Work. (I am going to have free-motion embroidery on everything in the house!!)