Monday, June 13, 2011
Embroidery with a Willcox & Gibbs
Willcox and Gibbs Chainstitch Sewing Machine
I mentioned before that these machines can do really nice embroidery if the underside is used. Mostly this has been done with tea towel and cotton muslin. Recently I gave it a try for decorating a back pocket on a pair of jeans I was making. Sometimes you just want to try something out of your comfort zone, right? Jeans was one of those times. I have never made a pair and so thought why not? I used Wild Ginger Boutique pattern making software to draft and create a design. I have had a version of this since 1992 and recently upgraded so gave this a shot.
Embroidery on the Willcox Gibbs is done on the wrong side of the fabric. It is the bottom chain that is so pretty. This can be a little tricky - designing in reverse. What is shown in this picture is the design drawn on the wrong side of the fabric then stitched. The actual stitching part is pretty easy. These electric versions are very fast so try hard to slow it all down for accuracy.
When done, on the right side, thread the loose ends through a needle and pull to the underside.
On the underside, knot the loose ends.
Here is one of the finished pockets. I know, it's weird but at the time seemed Ok to have an octopus on my jeans. The octopus is a favorite animal of mine and I have some great stories of their incredible intelligence but possibly another venue for my admiration next time.
The chain stitch machine does this type of job very well and would be a good project suggestion for anyone who has one. I could also see technique used to make a tote bag design on heavy cotton. So much to do!