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If you've always loved embroidering but you've seen it as too much work sometimes...Here is your answer.  Machine Embroidery!

All you need is a sewing machine, compatible "darning foot" and a couple more things.  It's super easy once you get the hang of it.  And most importantly - it's nifty, gifty and impressive!

I've made my mom a cowboy pillow, myself - the makings of a Charmmy Kitty purse, and future projects will be Christmas gifts.  This is the perfect solution for gifting a personalized item on a budget.  You can see a tie that I did - HERE - and it was from the dollar store!  Pretty awesome.  
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Step 1: Needs:

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A darning foot compatible with your sewing machine.  (I got mine on ebay for $10 from China.)
Thread, machine, scissors, basics.
Super Solvy - water soluble stabilizer. - Use a coupon!
Fabric or a project idea.
Source image - coloring book, printed image, etc.  OR just freestyle your image.
Embroidery Hoop - optional to stabilize fabric while sewing.

Step 2: How to install a darning foot.

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I wasn't able to find clear instructions on this subject anywhere online, so I had to figure it out.  Hopefully this will be of help to someone else!  :)

Basically, I will put notations on the images in the steps.  BUT, the idea is to loosen the screw on the left of the presser foot.  That will practically make the presser foot fall down/off.  Once you've done that , you need to take a look at your darning foot and figure out where the screw needs to rest, and tighten to hold THAT one into place.  Once you've found the direction, you slip it under the setup, make sure to put the screw in the groove of where the foot will be stabilized - then tighten the screw.  This will secure it in place.

To test that you've done it right, go ahead and press UP, from the bottom of the presser foot to make sure that it will give into the spring action that is needed for the free-motion embroidery.
RenSingsToo6 months ago

I love to hand embroider but sometimes I want that machined look. Your instructable is well done! I now have a starting point to try something new! Thanks!

linrodann2 years ago
Love it! Great instructions. I can't wait to try it out. ^_^
onrust2 years ago
Kalishnakitty gives a thumbs up!
tinman_662 years ago
WOW, very good work.
OMG! That is adorable! I love the pink bow and just everything about this little kitty!
kristylynn84 (author)  Penolopy Bulnick2 years ago
:D it's actually Hello Kitty's Persian Cat LOL. so cute!
doodlecraft2 years ago
What a wonderful tutorial! I am confident that I can do this without a $500+ embroidery machine too! Thanks! :) And love the frayed edges of the kitty! Great job! :)
kristylynn84 (author)  doodlecraft2 years ago
the ideas are endless, huh!!? :D
That is soo cute