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Machine Embroidering on Organdy or Organza


Ever try to embroider on really thin fabric like Organdy?

I was attempting to machine embroider on Organdy for a new Christening Gown I have designed, but was having difficulty keeping it taut in the hoop. After quite a few trials and errors, and searching for info on the internet, I found a new technique.

Organdy is fairly stiff fabric but very, very sheer and thin, so it slips easily in the hoop. I solved this problem by using a thin layer of rubber drawer liner cut out like a frame to go between the organdy and the top hoop. This holds the organdy very nicely.

Cut the rubber draw liner into a rectangle that is larger than the hoop size, then cut out a rectangle in the middle that is smaller than the hoop size, making something that looks like a picture frame of rubber drawer liner.

This picture shows my two hoops with the frame for each one.  Make sure you cut the inside rectangle small enough that the rubber frame will be hooped along with the organdy.

Then  just hoop your organdy with the rubber frame on top, and embroider as normal.  Another hint, on most fabric you can use white bobbin thread regardless of the color of the top embroidery thread.  On organdy, the bobbin thread may show through in places, so it is best to use the same color in your bobbin as you do in your top thread.

In this photo you can see how the frame of rubber fits into the hoop.

This photo shows one on the right that was done without the rubber sheet, one on the left with the sheet, much neater.

I learn something new about sewing every day


Swiss Nelona Batiste – Imported from Switzerland, this wonderful 100% cotton fabric has a gorgeous sheen with a little body, yet it is still translucent. It is 45” wide and very easy to work with for machine or hand sewing, smocking, or any other heirloom sewing project you might choose. A Swiss batiste known as “Nelona” the cream of the crop quality for very special projects. It’s soft, light and has a lovely sheen. If you’re making a keep sake, and want to pass the garment down – this is the fabric you should be using. Buy the best you can afford when making these special items. Made in Switzerland

Lawn – More translucent than batiste. Soft, gauzy cotton with a silky, wonderful feel. Glides over your fingers- floats on air. Fantastic!o

Silk Batiste – very pretty and soft. It makes into a gorgeous blessing gown or other special occasion dress for child. It would make a pretty blouse for Mom too!

Silk Organza – Beautiful, sheer Silk Organza is such an elegant touch to that special garment! It is not as stiff as Organdy and it smocks very well.

Irish Handkerchief Linen – Our beautiful Handkerchief Linen is a fine, lightweight linen that is smooth to the touch and delicate. It is very light and slightly translucent, perfect for shadow work, drawn thread work, Madeira appliqué or any other type of embroidery.

Swiss Cotton Flannel – This fabric is wonderful and so soft! Unlike the Cashmere Cotton, which is a thicker fabric, this Swiss Flannel is finely woven, not bulky, suitable for French seams. Choose this fabric for baby’s layette, receiving blanket, a warm daygown, winter dress or shirt. Try it, I am sure you will love it!