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Freestanding Point Lace for Embroidery Machines

Point Lace is a type of traditional hand-made lace. Alternate names include: Romanian Point Lace, Tape Lace Crochet, Braidwork Crochet, Braid Lace Crochet, Macramé Crochet Lace, Renaissance Lace, Romanian Macramé, and European Macramé among others. Like other types of tape laces (such as Battenberg, Renaissance, Luxeuil), it uses a "tape" made of ribbon or cord with the spaces filled in with needle weaving stitches. The distinguishing characteristic of Point Lace is that the "tape" is crocheted from cords, ribbons, or braids.

Our designers have managed to imitate the lace in machine embroidery.

On this page, we offer you a small design to download and try on your machines. Please read our recommendations for embroidering this type of lace carefully.


Size: 58x96 mm
Stitches: 6629
Colors: 1

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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 machine quilting cotton thread, which gives bulk to the lace and makes it look hand-made.

You can use 40-, 50- or even 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 50- or 60-weight cotton in the bobbin.

We used Signature machine quilting cotton thread both in the needle and in the bobbin, but similar threads from other companies should work just as well.

The drawback of the cotton thread is lint. Please don't forget to clean the machine with a soft brush or compressed air after each stitch-out.

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 and wash away the stabilizer. This helps you to select the threads, needles, stabilizers and settings of your machine correctly. It's very important to select the correct thread tension!

Washing out the Stabilizer:

Rinsing away the stabilizer is an important step, because the lace can be stretched or distorted if this is done incorrectly. We recommend to use a foam board and stainless pins to help the lace keep its shape.

Cut away the excess stabilizer close to the stitches. Take your time and carefully pin the lace's outer edge to the board.

Now place the board into a bowl with luke-warm water. Leave the board in the water for at least half an hour. Change the water a couple of times.

Take the board out of the water and leave to air dry. Do not unpin the lace until it's completely dry.

We made a greeting card with this small flower.


Happy embroidering!

You can find point lace doilies in our catalog. Some of the designs are:

FSL Point Lace Floral Doily Set

FSL Point Lace Star Flower Doily

FSL Point Lace Flower Doily


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