Run Upstairs, do miscellaneous housework while listening to the baby monitor stationed next to the embroidery machine. Hmmm... it shouldn't be stopped yet!
Run Downstairs, re-thread the needle/replace the bobbin, run upstairs...
Clean up the last hat and get the next hat hooped while listening for the machine to finish...
Run downstairs, swap finished hat for next hat. Run upstairs, and repeat.
This is how I spent my weekend doing 50 knit caps for 2 local fire departments!
Each hat is supposed to stitch out in 13-15 minutes, but it took longer because the white thread keeps springing up when it's cut, slipping out of the needle and requiring me to tend to it. That's how I managed to log in some extra exercise hours climbing about 100 flights of stairs! Fresh needle, fresh thread... I should probably take it in for a tune-up, it's overdue! I got all my supplies (stabilizers, needles, and thread) from All Threads, who never charges shipping, and it arrives fast! I've used their stabilizers for the last year, and am so happy with them. Their clear water soluble topper pulls out so cleanly, I really like it better than the Sulky I had been using! This time I tried an adhesive tear-away, which keeps the hat nicely in place. I still use a few pins to lock it down, but it's great because it keeps the hat from shimmying anywhere during stitching.
I hooped the stabilizer, and scored an "X" with a screwdriver across the center of the hoop. I gently scraped up a corner and peeled back the paper, revealing a sticky surface. Then I just laid the cap down on it, secured it with a few pins on the far, far edges, and added a layer of water soluble clear stabilizer over to keep the stitches from sinking into the lofty knit. I've never been a fan of the spray adhesives, so I use pins outside the stitching area to keep that clear layer put. Then it's into the machine.. and, voila!
A snazzy warm winter hat to keep our brave guys and gals warm!
And, thanks to all of you followers, I'm currently at 107! Woo hoo!!!! I hoped my blog would reach this point, but never really thought it would happen. Thanks to all of you for following my projects, and for leaving so many wonderful comments of support. And, as promised, there will be a GIVEAWAY!!!
Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to run downstairs again to pick out some goodies for you...