Hi Coats and Clark Sewing Secrets blog followers! My name is Colleen Exline and I’m the Associate Editor for Creative Machine Embroideryand Sew it All magazines. I look forward to sharing sewing and embroidery projects, tips and techniques in the upcoming months.
- Don’t choose dense designs. Designs with high stitch counts stiffen the fabric, affecting the swimsuit fit.
- Choose open designs with minimal details and stitches to prevent altering the fit and puckering the fabric.
- Adhere a piece of fusible mesh stabilizer to the design wrong side to prevent scratchy stitches from irritating bare skin.
- Insert a new size 75/11 ballpoint needle before stitching. Ballpoint needles have a rounded tip to easily stitch through stretchy fabrics.
- Don’t hoop Spandex, as the fabric easily stretches out of shape. Choose an adhesive water-soluble variety instead.
- Use a colorfast, bleach-resistant thread, such as Coats Trilobal Polyester Embroidery Thread. The thread is strong and durable and will stand up to repeated washings.
- When auditioning designs on your swimsuit, choose areas of the garment that will highlight the design, such as near the bust or along the front or back hip area. Border designs look lovely along swimsuit edges, while more elaborate designs, such as a paisley, look great along the hip area.
- Avoid placing designs in areas that need stretch, such as the neckline of a one-piece swimsuit.
- Don’t embroider swimsuits that have an overly busy print because it may camouflage rather than enhance the embroidery.
- And the number one rule of machine embroidery: Test-stitch your design on a scrap of similar fabric to make sure the design, fabric and stabilizer work well together. Once you stitch the project, there’s no going back—not unless you want to spend hours trying to remove the stitches without marring the fabric!
- If you want to stitch a swim skirt that coordinates with your embroidered swimsuit, download the free swim skirt project “Budget Friendly: Swim Skirts” at cmemag.com. This cute skirt less than $20 to make!
- If you’re like me and need to protect your fair “Snow White” skin from the harsh sun, download this free sunhat sewing pattern at sewnews.com. Instructions to make the hat are included in the June/July 2011 issue of Sew News in an article titled “Made for Shade.”
- Purchase a copy of the issue at quiltandsewshop.com.
- Or if you’re planning a fun summer getaway (lucky you!), check out “Travel Companion” from Sew it All volume 2. Instructions to make the cute travel bag are included in the issue, which can be purchased at quiltandsewshop.com. Download the free travel bag sewing pattern at sewitallmag.com.
About the Author
Lynn is Director of Consumer Services with Coats & Clark.