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.
Step 1: Needs:
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.
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.