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Embroidering on a Bathrobe

Created By:

Janelle Marie

Skill Level: Intermediate

Fresh from spring cleaning, I have a lot of things in my “to-update” pile! Things that are not broken or un-usable but just don't get the level of love or use they deserve. This robe is extremely comfortable and well made but I don't find myself reaching for it that often because of its less than exciting color. I wanted to add a pop of interest but keep it cozy and nature inspired.

Janome Supplies Required
Instructions

I recently received the MB7e machine and Artistic Digitizer software and was excited to try it out! I began by deciding how big I wanted the design to be by using the hoop templates and settling on the M2 hoop and max size.

 

 

With my Artistic Digitizer layout opened and set to the right size, I explored the Clipart library. There were a ton of cute designs but the mushrooms caught my eye. After placing one of the mushrooms onto my workspace, I enabled the view stitch setting to see exactly how it would look once embroidered. The stitching wasn't as tidy as I wanted so I used the Stitch Flow tool to adjust it.

 

 

In order to re-color the different parts of the mushroom, I ungrouped it and selected each section one by one. The program makes it simple to search for and reassign colors. Once everything was colored appropriately and the stitching looked how I wanted, I regrouped the entire mushroom back together so it could be moved and duplicated.

 

 

I wanted the mushrooms to have a 3D look so I added a 3D underlay. What I chose would stitch several overlapping layers of satin stitches in the center of the design. This was level 2 (3D-2) but you could add as many as five layers to create an extremely 3D look!

 

Next I was ready to create my design! Because the design would be placed in the hoop at an angle, I tilted my in-program hoop to better visualize what it would look like. I did this by selecting Machine/Hoop in the left toolbar and setting its rotation to 45 degrees.

 

 

I then placed my first mushroom where I wanted it and duplicated it twice. Once the three mushrooms were placed where I wanted them, it was clear they needed some greenery. I found several leaf designs in the Clip Art Library and placed them into my design.

 

Now that I was satisfied with the design, I exported it as a .JEF file to a thumb drive, opened it on my MB7e and threaded it. It was easy to check that the colors were threaded through the correct needles with the Ready to Sew display.

 

 

Preparing the fabric properly was important because of its thick, fluffy texture. I used a tear away stabilizer as a stability layer under the fabric as well as a wash away stabilizer on top to prevent fabric fibers from poking through the stitching. Placing everything into the hoop required loosening its screw all the way to the largest setting. Once everything was secured and loaded into the machine, I used my serger cart to support the weight of the rest of the robe.

 

 

As you can see here, the 3D underlayer setting begins by stitching an outline and then continues to build two layers of stitches before finishing the top layer. Working one color at a time, the machine finished the design with the green leaves.

 

 

Popping it out of the hoop was so satisfying and all that was left was snipping the jump threads of the white dots! I'm so pleased with how this turned out and I already find myself reaching for this robe over my other one. It gives just that little extra touch of whimsy in my day to day life.

 

 

I hope you found this informative and inspirational to add a bit of excitement to your old staples!

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Reviews


Tako
Beautiful
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

cpindzola
Around the Table Dresden Placemats
Saturday, December 17, 2016

I like the concept, but the directions are "sloppy." Nowhere in the supply list does it mention the felt or the batting (how much?). Also, I would never use a high loft batting in a placemat, or a table runner, as I think that it would be too unstable for a glass. The next time I make these, I will cut out the batting (I use flannel) and spray baste it to the wrong side of the Dresden plate before I put the Dresden plate on the felt to cut out. I have not yet washed the finished placemat, and am hoping that the single layer of felt does not curl up, or become distorted after washing/drying.
Txmaid
Fun Great Gift!
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

MargieARK
Teatime Quilted Tablecloth
Friday, February 24, 2017

I made this today but your cutting directions need to be changed. You only need 4 of color 1 and color 3 4.5 squares for the triangles. Also the inner border, you only need 2 cuts as WOF is long enough to cut each in half to fit the sides.
MickelSews
Great Machine
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

I've had this machine for only a week now. I bought it used from a lady who makes her own clothes, but she no longer needed the machine. During the purchase, she noted that she is almost sad that it's better to give it away because of how well the machine performed. (I also bought it along side a computerized machine of another brand.} She demoed the machine for us, showing it worked and gave us everything (including the box it came in!) She took amazing care of this machine. I have used it a few times now, and the directions for threading were easy to follow (albeit my hands are quite large so the lower looper was a pain, but that is no fault to the machine or brand.) And I recommend this machine to anyone who wants to learn to serge and wants a machine that can grow with them. I will happily use this machine time and time again.
rvstan
S9 Review
Sunday, February 25, 2018

I love, love, love my S9! It's sews and embroiders beautifully and it's simplicity of use amazes me. I would recommend this machine for both a beginner and an experienced seamstress. If I would ask anything of Janome it would be to upgrade the programming to run a larger hoop size. I understand that it can't get much wider but there is most definitely room for it to go longer. That is the only limitation of this machine.
pjmnana
PJMNana
Monday, February 26, 2018

I purchased a Memorycraft 15000 a few years ago and it was the best purchase I ever made! This machine can do just about anything you would would ever want! I love the capability of using the Acuedit app to set up my embroidery pattern on my Ipad and then download it to the machine! I love how my embroidery looks upon completion and I love all the good lighting it has to light up your workspace. That way you don’t need to worry about where to set up your machine. It also has plenty of room to do machine embroidery on any size quilts! There are many decorative stitches from which to choose that are outstanding! It’s hard to choose which one to use! There are so many great features it is hard to decide what I love the most. If you want to buy only one machine to last a lifetime, I would recommend this one!
KLWash
S9 Review
Sunday, February 24, 2019

The S9 is amazing. I learned to sew by hand when I was just 5 and in my grandmothers way as she was quilting. I took seeing classes in high school until they would no longer let me sign up. The S9 makes me appreciate my current skills as well as motivate me to want to learn more. This machine is awesome.
SewSueMe2002
Horizon Memory Craft 15000
Thursday, November 19, 2020

My Janome Horizon Memory Craft 15000 is fantastic! I love, love, love this machine! When I came across the Eye for and Eye embroidery design today, I wanted to make it. However, the embroidery file is missing. Nothing downloads when I select the download button. Please help!
Jillfmischo
Treat Bag fun!
Monday, August 16, 2021

I made the Halloween treat bag for my new granddaughter and I’m sure it will last for years. No embroidery machine so I appliquéd the lettering. Need a little more skirt fabric for a better gathered look, and I used thin double-bias tape for the skirt hem, over edge stitch on skirt sides. I’m pleased with my results!
elenaz
Very helpful tutorial
Wednesday, October 25, 2023

I want to say thank you for teaching me this method of applique. I was able to do it with a small letters. This method is the best so far from all of those I've seen and tried.

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