Dresden Plate Perfect Circles

Project Description

What are you most proud of? Well, perfect circles. But I also made my own templates by checking the pattern to make sure it was printed to scale, cutting it out, using double-sided tape to sandwich each between sheets of plastic (I had kept the dividers from project cases, two layers make a perfect template width), adding a couple of staples for security and cutting them out. I keep the templates in the binder. What advice would you give someone starting this project? Check to see if your sewing machine has a Circular Embroidery Attachment - many do.

What you will need

  • swivel cutting mat
  • Circular Embroidery Tool
  • point turner

Q&A with Pam Sews

Surfside6 asked:
Pam, I did a notebook also, but did not think about the plastic for the templates. Thanks for the hint. I finally finished my circles, but not really happy with them. I'll post when I get a camera from a friend. Don't look too closely.
Pam Sews answered:
that's what fuzzy photos are for!!
ConnieofHH asked:
Pam, I had forgotten about the rotating mat! I need to keep it where I can see it so I don't forget to use it!
Pam Sews answered:
I finally finished moving my "studio" around and NOW I have a space to the left of my machine for that little mat and my iron. Less aerobic but much faster!
NanaJeanFL asked:
Hi Pam - I have no idea what a circular embroidery attachment is or does. Would you mind elaborating please? TIA!
Pam Sews answered:
No problem, but YouTube probably does it better. In the photo, see the silver attaches to the bed of your machine with one screw. It has a tiny pin with a safety plug on top - you push the pin up through the center of your circle and push the plug back on the pin like a cork. Now the fabric can rotate perfectly around the center as you stitch, with only gentle smoothing and guidance. You can adjust the sizes and make further fine tuning on the size by moving your needle right or left. I'll edit this post and add photos of the tool being used. I never thought of using it to make actual circle appliques since I had only seen it make decorative stitches in rings. Hope this helps!