The FSL Crochet Insert Lace Set consists of 2 machine embroidery designs. The inserts can be embroidered to embellish table and bed linen, curtains and clothes.
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 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 in special metalic needles, which have a larger eye and a groove to reduce friction of the metallic thread, usually give less lint than with 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 lace, hoop the fabric with 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 an outline of the insert and stop.
Step Two: With a pair of sharp scissors, cut away the fabric inside the outline. Do not open the hoop!
Step Three: Return the hoop to the machine. Start the machine again. It will embroider the lace.
Step Four: Take the embroidery from the hoop and neatly cut away the excess stabilizer as close to the stitches as possible.
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.
With chalk, we divided the square into quarters and marked the diagonals. Then we printed out the screenshots of the designs and used them as templates.
We marked the center of each design on the napkin. Then we embroidered each design one by one as described before.