Upper thread: I use 40 weight ARC brand threads in my
Bobbin thread: I use 3 bobbin thread types.

Laces:  are designed to use the same 40 weight thread in the
bobbin, whether you are stitching in white or colors. I do rinse well.

I do occasionally run serger thread in the bobbin only, if my lace is
white or beige or if I want a softer feel.

Regular embroideries: I use regular bobbin thread, it is a lighter
weight, in the bobbin for items such as the cutwork or eyelits.

Exception .. if I want to stitch it in a darker color, I will run the 40
weight match in the bobbin for better coverage.

These are my personal choices, and you are encouraged to
sample and use what you like.
Threads and Stitching Information
**Stitching Guide**
I stitch all laces together using the following methods:
**Stitch all laces together while still in wss to retain their
shapes as threads may shrink and distort shaping. helpful
when doing doilies or round pieces.
**Stitch laces to each other, then to fabrics, then rinse
completely, air dry, iron.    

Stitches I used… you may wish to use you own methods or
adjust as necessary.

1. Laces were attached to each other side by side using a
straight stitch ( not pictured).
( Allowing for any adjustments if necessary)
2.Then were secured side by side using a zig zag stitch  
adjusted to 2.0/.o5..
adjust as desired, repeating zig zag.
3.Laces were attached to fabric using a straight stitch,
followed by a lightening stitch, fabric trimmed away, repeat  
lightening stitch if desired to catch any extra fabric fraying.
(my #5) zig zag..                              (my #14) lightening..
Basic supplies:
pictured to the left.
40 weight embroidery thread
(ARC brand.. poly and rayon mixes) and I
wind my  bobbins to match.
Embroidery bobbin thread ARC brand,
Maxi-Lock serger thread for the bobbin
also, 12 point sharp organ needles, H20
wss (*2 layers used*), tiny curved
scissors...great for getting in those tight
areas, eyelit cutter, rotary cutter and ruler.
**not all supplies are pictured, but that's
just a general every day example.

I purchase my embroidery thread, the
bobbin thread, needles
and a 2.2 (or 2.5) ounce cutaway
stabelizer (not pictured) online at
I purchase maxilock serger thread at
H20 wss at Walmart or a 59inch wide by
the yard at my Janome sewing machine
My Sewing Guide
To attach laces to each other and then to fabrics..
I try to include examples in my pdf's but if I forget I use the following methods.
descriptions and pictured examples.
Another helpful tip:
Printing templates..write important info on paper templates..
Sometimes when moving things around, patterns get
dropped on the floor.. maybe you forget the color order...
To avoid running back to the computer and seeing what info
you need, jot it down on the paper.
Alot of times I do print in different colors for better viewing.
I note colors and stitch count info. and circle center. (or in
this  pattern, my clothsetter markings which is off center for
my older machine.) An arrow up reminds me to place it
properly if the design was rotated...Helpful so you don't
embroidery a pattern upside down on tee's,
Approx stitch count, so you don't run out of bobbin thread
during your embroidery process.
kingstar metallic.
From The Needle Of: Anne
Pictured examples demo from Flowers Gathering Laces.


Taking your time in constructing a project is equally as
important as the embroidery.

Trim excess wss.
Notice in the picture, I have trimmed 1 edge very close and
left its match with a little wss on it.
That will allow me to overlap my pieces and stitch.
Here I have overlapped my pieces. I am following the guide
above, and beginning with a straight stitch.
That allows me to make sure I have aligned my pieces
Notice also, I am working from the outer edge in... that is
also helpful when doing doilies ..that the points won't get
stuck in the feed dogs.
After setting pieces, go back with the zig zag to nicely finish
and secure pieces.
Now to attach laces to the fabric...
Use the same color thread as your lace.

<<Place and pin as desired.
When sewing, remove pins as you meet them.

Here I want to sew on the inner edge, and I will use the
guide above, straight then lightening.
Upon completion of stitching,
Turn project over and trim away excess fabrics.
I use the small scissors to trim closely.
Repeat lightening stitch to assist with the fabric fraying.
Project completed.

TIP: If you have any gaps in your project, missed securing
anything, you can always go back and resecure as
necessary even after your project is done.

I try to design easy attachment edge pieces, which is also a
great opportunity to go back and add decorative stitches on
the fabric as desired.

I use those stitching methods to attach all my lace pieces,
and include those techniques in my pdfs.
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