These are the instructions on how to embroider and assemble the FSL Crochet Cardigan for 12" dolls.
You will need water-soluble mesh stabilizer (Vilene) and 40-, 50- or 60-weight cotton embroidery threads. The thinner your thread is, the finer is the final product.
For the project we used Signature cotton thread for machine quilting.
The parts of the cardigan are embroidered like all our FSL crochet, so please read the General Guidelines and Step-by-Step Guide to Embroidering our Crochet-Style FSL designs.
Some points to remember from the General Guidelines:
Use water soluble mesh stabilizer (Vilene); film-like water soluble stabilizers, such as Solvy, are not suitable for the project.
Use cotton thread.
Use the same thread in the needle and in the bobbin.
DO NOT embroider several designs in one hoop.
Make sure you use a 80/12 embroidery or metallic needle. Our experience shows that cotton thread used with metallic needles gives less lint.
Step One: For one cardigan, embroider
the back part once;
the front part once (this consists of two pieces);
the sleeves (either long or short) twice.
Trim the stabilizer close to the designs, leaving at least 1/4" around each design. DO NOT dissolve the stabilizer at this point.
At this stage you can read the Step-by-Step Guide to Assembling crochet-style FSL Designs into a Project, it might be helpful.
Step Two: Lay out the FSL patterns in accordance with the photo above. Thread your machine with the SAME thread with which your embroidered the designs. Use short and not very dense zigzag. Attach the front parts to the back first, then attache the sleeves.
Now fold the workpiece in half down the center of the sleeves and zigzag over the edge to connect the sleeves and the front and the back.
Step Four: You can now go ahead and dissolve the water-soluble stabilizer. Place the cardigan into a bowl of warm water; change the water several times to dissolve the stabilizer completely. So that the cardigan dries evenly, spread it on a flat surface and let it air dry. Iron, if needed, with a mini iron or with the tip of a normal iron.
Using permanent markers for fabric, you can paint the cardigan flowers to make it a little bit brighter.
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