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FSL Battenberg Nothern Lights Lace

These are instructions on how to embroider the FSL Battenberg Nothern Lights Lace. The lace can be used as edge lace or as insert to embellish table linen, T-shirts, etc.

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To embroider this type of lace, please read our recommendations first.

Stabilizers: We recommend to use water-soluble mesh, such as Vilene. Vilene D0102 is a non woven dissolvable stabilizer which is imported into the US, is sold in large rolls and is sometimes repackaged under different brand names. Two of these brand names are Wash-Away and Aqua Magic.

Film-like water soluble stabilizers, such as Solvy, are not suitable for the project.

Threads: The thinner the thread, the finer the final product will be. That is why we recommend that at least one of the threads, either in the bobbin or in the needle, should be cotton, which gives bulk to the lace and makes it look hand-made. Embroidery polyester thread will make very fine web-like lace.

Embroidery rayon thread is too soft, it does not keep its shape and very often its color fades under the influence of chemicals from the water-soluble mesh.

If you are using 50- or 60-weight cotton, you can use it both in the bobbin and in the needle. If you use 40-weight cotton thread for the needle, you can use regular polyester bobbin thread.

We used Signature machine quilting cotton thread, but similar threads from other companies should work just as well.

Needles: We use size 80/12 embroidery needles and 80/12 metallic needles. Our experience shows that cotton thread used with metallic needles gives less lint. The needles should be sharp, so it's advisable to change them after every project.

Most Importantly: ALWAYS make a test stitch-out of the design and wash away the stabilizer. This helps you to select the threads, needles, stabilizers and settings of your machine correctly. DO NOT embroider several designs in one hoop.

Some Ideas for Using the Lace

The simple and quick project - is to make a place mat. For the project you will need a piece of fabric 8" wide and 10-12" long.

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Step One: Embroider the file 2 times.

Rinze the stabilizer, spread all parts neatly on a towel and leave to air dry.

Step Two: Measure the length of the lace pieces. If you did everything correctly, the length will be 7". If it shrunk more, adjust the piece of fabric according to the size of the lace.

Fold the long sides of the fabric piece 1/4" back, press. Fold 1/4" again and press. Topstitch the hems.

Step Three: Position the lace on the short sides of the fabric. Pin in place.

Thread a needle with the same thread with which you made the embroidery.

Topstitch the lace top the fabric along one edge. Use very short (1mm) stitches. Step 2 mm and make another straight stitch.

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From the wrong side, cut away the excess fabric close to the stitches.

A simple square doily is made in the same way.

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Happy Embroidering!

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