These are instructions on how to embroider and assemble the 3D FSL Battenberg Baby Stroller.
The finished size of the stroller is 3 1/4" high x 3" long x 2" wide.
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 packaged under different brand names. Some of these brand names are Fabri-Solvy by Sulky, Avalon Plus by Madeira, Wash-Away, and Aqua Magic.
Film-like water soluble stabilizers, such as Solvy by Sulky, Avalon by Madeira and Badge Master are not suitable for Free-Standing Lace embroidery.
Threads: The thinner the thread, the finer the final product will be. That is why for this project we recommend cotton thread, 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.
For this project we recommend to use 40-, 50-weight cotton thread for machine quilting.
We used Signature machine quilting cotton thread, but similar threads from other companies should work just as well.
To get two-sided embroidery, use threads of the same color in the needle and in the bobbin.
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 often.
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.
Besides the materials for the embroidery you will also need 2 toothpicks, 4 beads or rivets for the wheels and small embellishments (optional) to your taste.
Embroider all parts of the carriage using the same thread in the needle and in the bobbin.
Dissolve the stabilizer in lukewarm water, neatly spread the stitch-out on a towel and leave to air dry. Press with steam, if needed.
Decorate it to your liking with small embellishments such as hot-fix crystals, rhinestones, beads, etc. before you start to assemble the stroller.
Assembly is done by hand.
Thread a needle with the same thread with which you made the embroidery. Fold the stroller's body to make the short sides meet. Handstitch the opposite picots (loops) together.
Place the stroller's body upside down. Cover with the bottom. Align the picots (loops).
Mark and connect the centers on each side of the bottom and the body (we did this with black thread in the picture).
Sew the bottom and body together, starting from the central marks.
Sew the darts on the hood. Mark the center on the lower edge of the hood. Align the center with the back stitch on the body. Sew the hood to the body starting from the central mark.
Fasten the wheels to the stroller using either toothpicks, rivets, or beads.