The FSL Crochet Country Border Set consists of 3 machine embroidery designs. The designs can be embroidered as separate parts and then stitched together, or you can embroider them as shown in these instructions to get a continuous edge lace.
Most Importantly: ALWAYS make a test stitch-out of a design. This helps you select the threads, needles, stabilizers and settings of your machine correctly.
The crochet edge lace is embroidered in accordance with the General Guidelines and Step-by-Step Guide to Embroidering our Crochet-Style FSL designs. Please read the guide, because you might find it helpful.
Some points to remember from the General Guidelines:
Use Vilene water soluble mesh stabilizer;
Use cotton thread and clean your machine after every design;
Use the same thread in the needle and bobbin.
DO NOT embroider several designs in one hoop.
Make sure you use a sharp needle. Embroidery 12/80 size needle is suitable in most cases. However we noticed that cotton threads with special metallic needles, which have a larger eye and a groove to reduce friction of the metallic thread, usually give less lint than embroidery needles.
Note: The thinner the thread the finer the final product will be. 60- weight cotton gives fine light lace; 40-weight cotton gives heavy lace with the look of hand-made crocheted lace.
Embroider only one part of the lace. Make sure that there are no problems in the stitch-out. If you're satisfied with the results, you can proceed. If there are problems - missing stitches, loops, etc. you should re-read the General Guidelines and Step-by-Step Guide to Embroidering our Crochet-Style FSL designs and make sure you did everything correctly.
Step One: To embroider one part of the edge lace, hoop a piece of water-soluble Vilene stabilizer. Thread the machine with cotton threads (the same thread should be used both in the needle and in the bobbin). Start embroidering. The machine will stitch a line and stop. Cut away the thread ends.
Step Two: Place the fabric edge along the line, slightly covering it (1mm or 1/32" overlap). Pin the fabric to the mesh outside the embroidery area.
Step Three: Start the machine again. It will embroider the lace. Cut away the ends of the threads.
Step Four: Take the embroidery from the hoop and neatly cut away the excess stabilizer as close to the side stitches as possible.
Step Five: Repeat Step One.
Before repeating Step Two, use a pencil or needle to mark the starting point of the embroidery, then position the fabric as pictured below. The ending point of the embroidered pattern needs to be aligned with the starting point you marked out. The fabric should slightly overlap (1mm or 1/32") the embroidered line. Watch the beginning of the embroidery - the new pattern should slightly overlap the edge of the first pattern.
Repeat these steps as many times as you need.
Step Six: Cut away the excess stabilizer and place the pattern into a bowl with luke warm water. Change the water several times. Spread carefully on a flat surface and leave to air dry. NEVER use hot or very warm water as this can make the lace and fabric shrink severely, and the chemicals of the stabilizer can make the dyes run.
Press with steam if needed.