If I Ruled the World of Machine Embroidery by Mary Mulari  

These are the ten rules and laws I would declare if I was in charge:

  1. We will erase all the sewing rules, restrictions, and absolutes of the past. It will be acceptable to do any or all of the following: buy a sewing machine for the purpose of embroidering only, use safety pins to temporarily fasten an embellishment, use a piece of fabric such as Ultrasuede for a purpose other than what we bought it for, and choose to embellish ready-to-wear clothing instead of requiring that garments be sewn "from scratch."
  2. We will all respect and honor copyrighted embroidery designs and publications.
  3. For the best results in embroidery, we will buy the supplies best suited for our stitching: threads, stabilizers, embroidery cards, needles and fabrics. We will buy them at local sewing stores and mail order sources without apologizing or rationalizing our purchase. We will adopt the L'Oreal hair products commercial slogan: "It's expensive but I'm worth it."
  4. We will never stitch any embroidery or applique design on cheap white fabric. We will expect success and wonderful stitching and will not waste good thread on bad fabric.
  5. We will create a collection of embroidered designs on high quality fabric (see rule above) to use for quick and easy embellishments on clothing, home accessories and more. Consider trimming reversible aprons like the Crisscross Apron with embroideries on the center front or on a pocket.
  6. We will carefully plan the placement of all embroidered designs on garments. The location of designs on clothing worn on a body is a key to professional and successful embellishments.
  7. We will experiment and discover new uses for our embroidery machines, specifically "automatic applique." By letting the machine cover fabric applique edges with satin stitching, perfect stitches result without hand guiding in the traditional technique of machine applique.
  8. We will all own and use the best and newest embroidery machines, which we refer to as entertainment centers, toys, or substitutes for a psychiatrist.
  9. We will share with others our embroidery materials, machines, and knowledge. This could be with children, teens, or a non-sewing neighbor curious about how we achieve such professionally decorated accessories and clothing.
  10. We will recognize the power of our "electric" hobby in our lives, how it reduces stress, encourages creativity, and builds self-worth and pride.

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