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Dinner napkins

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Category Sewing
Sizing Unisex
Style Classic, Traditional, Retro / Vintage
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What materials did you use? Cotton/poly broadcloth White cotton/poly serger thread Rayon embroidery thread

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What are you most proud of? I am most proud that I managed to produce some very pretty napkins with minimal crises. I got familiar with my new machine and learned a number of techniques with one project. It helped that the project had four parts so that I could push my learning envelope a little more with each napkin. If you are wondering, I did the blue napkin first, and the purple one last. Oddly enough, I would say that the blue one turned out the best and the purple one the worst, but I learned the most on the purple one as it is the one where I digitized a pattern for myself.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? - Starch the fabric you are using for the napkins. Spray them with starch and let them dry completely before ironing them. My fabric is a poly/cotton blend so in use will require minimal ironing; however, the stability you get through starching and ironing helps your embroidery to be much clearer and minimize puckers. - You don't need a serger for this project, you can of course do narrow or shirttail hems on a standard sewing machine. - Don't be afraid to make a mistake in the embroidery. The fabric is not expensive, just make another napkin. - Do not feel constrained by the colors listed for the embroidery design. If you want blue leaves, make blue leaves ;-)

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Nice! I like to use broadcloth as a "wearable muslin". Will have to try this.

07/22/2015 Flag