You Spin Me ‘Round

When I was recently working on a set of spring pillows, I wanted to have a simple one-color design with an oversized motif. My idea was to complement and tone down the brighter colors and complex piecing of the others in the set. We had just sold an 830E and with it went the Jumbo Hoop I was hoping to use. Faced with the dilemma of producing an embroidery design large enough to fill in my 20″ pillow, I remembered the Circular Embroidery Attachment. I had blogged about it here after using it at BU last summer and had indeed taken one home to play with, but with no clear idea until now. I used the deer silhouette found on Embroidery Design Studio and enlarged it to fill my large oval hoop.

a set of spring pillows

After that, I found the center of the deer and pierced the pin through. Testing out a few different decorative stitches, I finally settled on the simple loop, #741 on my 580, and mirror imaged it to change the direction of the loops. I adjusted the distance to fully encompass the deer and began my circle.

I don’t know how it does it, but the stitch lines up every time. I did start to move slower and activate Pattern End that way I had more control and precision. The fabric is Robert Kaufman’s Essex linen/cotton blend in flax (my new love) and Polysheen thread color #4073.

produce a focal point or medallion motif with a simple circle of decorative stitches

The Circular Embroidery Attachment is 25% OFF in April! You can try it out for yourself by attending my latest Machine Owner class offering, Specialty Presser Feet (which is free to MD machine owners, btw) or stop by for a demo anytime.

Circular Embroidery Attachment, as simple as a compass

I’m also offering Embroidered Pillow as a intro to machine embroidery class. You can discover the fun of selecting a phrase or image that easily stitches out with the push of a button. Time to freshen up your living room or bedroom!

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