Sara Gallegos

The Machine Embroidery Show Season 2

Sara Gallegos
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Sara discusses things to consider when embroidering on a ready-to-wear shirt or jacket. She then demonstrates how to use the scan function on the Babylock machine with its built-in camera. This feature helps Sara decide exactly where to place her flowers once the jacket's lapel has been placed in the hoop.
Sara demonstrates how to create an original appliqué design in the hoop using shapes built into the Baby Lock machine.
Pillowcases are a quick and easy beginner-level project to make yourself. You can also personalize your pillowcases with embroidery.
Sara demonstrates how easy it is to create your own embroidery design using Hatch Software's Auto-Digitize feature.
Sara demonstrates the Flying to Pieces Zipper Pouch from Kimberbell Designs, which includes in-the-hoop pieced flying geese, a zipper, and the backing and lining fabrics all sewn together in the hoop. Get tips to make your in-the-hoop projects successful, and see how to turn the project inside out, twice, to reveal the finished pouch.
Sara shows how to change colors in Hatch Embroidery Software and how to change them on the Baby Lock machine. Some Baby Lock machines also have a feature that will show you many different color variations of your embroidery so that you can pick the one you like best.
Sara shows examples of ready-made napkins with embroidery added, as well as a napkin sewn from fabric with added embroidery. One of her tea towels also has a ribbon added to it, while another is an example of something Sara would do differently the second time around. 
There are special considerations for what types of embroideries can be used to cover holes or stains, and Sara shows how to do them.
Sara uses appliqué letters for her memo board, and she demonstrates how she lines up the letters in her embroidery machine before appliquéing. She then shows how to hoop the stabilizer and attach her sparkly burlap fabric to it. Sara demonstrates how and when to add the appliqué fabric on top of the burlap and how to trim away from the cutting stitch. After the embroidery is finished, Sara shows how to remove the basting stitch and excess stabilizer, then how to assemble the memo board inside the picture frame.
Embroidered buttonholes are great for garments, small quilting projects, and pillowcases. Sara shows how to make them!
Felt cozies are an easy in-the-hoop project that can be great for gifts or sprucing up your office space or using for bookmarks.
Sara shows several examples of garments with embroidery on or near the hems and talks about things you might consider when adding embroidery to your garments.
Sara demonstrates how to build a quote to embroider in the Hatch embroidery software. You could also do this on the screen of your embroidery machine.
Personalize your gifts with in-the-hoop gift tags! The gift tags Sara demonstrates double as gift card holders with their built-in pocket.
Sara shows several examples of embroidery both on shirts that were made from a pattern and shirts that were purchased as ready-to-wear.
Hand embroidery is often intricate and always beautiful. Machine embroidery can simulate the look of hand embroidery, such as cross-stitch. Sara demonstrates how!
In-the-hoop projects are a quick and easy way to make personalized items without a lot of fussy stitching. Sara shares different variations of gift bags made in the hoop to put gifts or gift cards and special messages inside of instead of using wrapping paper. The specific gift bag Sara demonstrates is the ITH Embroidery Design: Valentine's Gift Bag featured in Creative Machine Embroidery Magazine.
Stockings don't have to be for Christmas; they can be gifts or decorations for any occasion. Sara shares examples.
It's always a good idea to test out your designs to make sure your thread and stabilizer choices get the effects you desire. Testing your designs will leave you with piles of random embroideries that you might not know what to do with. Sara shares some random test stitch embroideries and ideas of what she might do with them to complete a new project.
Monograms can be added on many store-bought articles with in-store monogramming services, but it's also very easy to add your own custom monograms to just about anything you'd like.
Decorative ribbon can enhance a wide variety of projects, but it's often expensive. Sara gives some tips and tricks for how to embroider on a plain ribbon, then demonstrates how it's done.
This project creates a sturdy and personalized name tag holder with a zippered storage pocket and a pen ribbon.
Track your work, add a custom sentiment for the person to whom you're giving the quilt, and let future generations know who made that heirloom piece by adding a quilt label!
Embroidery on a pants is a trend that's not going away anytime soon. In this episode Sara shows how to place embroidery designs on leggings.
Who doesn't love to embellish their denim with embroidery? In this episode, Sara shares all her tips and trick for embellishing your jeans.
Taking on larger embroidery projects can be difficult and intimidating, especially if there are multiple hoops involved. Sara will help you get over those fears by showing you how to use multiple hoops on a bench pillow.
26 Lessons
5  hrs 1  mins

In this show from our partners at Quilting Daily, expand on your machine embroidery skills and go beyond the basics with specialty embroidery techniques such as cutwork, freestanding organza, 3D lace, paper embroidery, and embossed designs. Along the way, Sara will show you how to create fun projects including an in-the-hoop sunglass case, sweet stuffies, embroidered earrings and patches, a butterfly shadowbox, floral sachets, and much more.

Sara Gallegos

Sara Gallegos has been working in the sewing industry as an educator and freelance consultant for more than a decade. She has hosted "Behind the Seams," "My First Quilt" and "Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting," and has been a guest on several other shows. She has been a regular contributor and columnist to Sew News, Creative Machine Embroidery and Sew It All magazines. Her contagious enthusiasm shines through in her videos and classes!

Sara Gallegos
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