Tuesday, 15 July 2008

Machine Felting With an Embellisher

I got myself a Janome Embellisher about 10 months ago, after having used one years ago at University. I never really needed one at home before, but now I wouldn’t be without it…it’s how I create most of my needle felted bags and scented heart sachets.

These machines are a great idea if you want to needle felt larger areas and you have limited time which rules out the hand needle process. They are coming down in price too, becoming more affordable and there are is a wide range of varieties available too including Toyota and Brother.

If you didn’t want to spend a lot, but like the idea of needle felting with you sewing machine, then I think you can also get an attachment. Be warned though once fitted it converts your sewing machine to a felter permanently so try to get hold of an old/spare machine from either a friend or thrift shop if this is your preferred option.

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10 comments:

  1. That is very beautiful Embellishers on the hearts! Looks like fun!

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  2. thanks for the info! Right now, I felt everything by hand, but I've been thinking about investing in one of these. Glad to know it is helpful :)

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  3. I love how new machines or tools make themselves utterly indispensable to us :)

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  4. I'm going to try and do a tutorial soon (probably next moth) to show you how to use it... so keep an eye out!
    Sara xx

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  5. hey great! Whay i wanted to know...

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  6. I just received this question from a reader.

    'Hi, Sara!
    Just read your post about your embellishing machine...I've only recently discovered them, and I'm quite interested, but not for felting. I wondered if it would be an easier/quicker way to sew all of my fabric layers together? Well, ok, not 'sew' exactly, but bond. I don't felt at all at the moment, so I wondered if you would still recommend it or not?'

    Here's my answer...
    'Hi Charlotte,

    I've only used it a few times for bonding fabrics together... my main issue with it is the width of the needles. All manufacturers started out with quite a wide needle choice (may change soon as it gets more popular), so it can rip finer fabrics. However it does work well on denim and heavier fabrics that have a fluffy fibre, like cord. It also works on open weave fabrics that are less delicate.

    The other thing you will notice is that the fibres from the top layer will be visible on the reverse of the bottom layer... that could be interesting if you had a pattern on the top layer, or it could work well as a texture...

    The technique doesn't bond fabrics together like sewing or using bondaweb. Instead it punches the top fibres into the under fibres.

    Not sure if my explination helps... I'm planning to do a tutorial in August when I get back from my holiday. I will try to include fabrics as well as felt.

    Sara x'

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  7. I have a felting attachment for my Brother PQ1500 and it is removable. It takes about 3 minutes to convert it back and forth... so not sure which machines you were referring to that said it was permanent?

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  8. Hi Tere,
    Oh, really well that's great news that Brother are starting to make these attachments (makes life easier)... I presume you still need to remove the bottom bobbin casing so as not to break the needles when felting??

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  9. This is so interesting! Thanks for aharing and posting this. I only use one needle for most of my work, so it would be interested to see what new projects I could take on with a machine. Thanks, again.

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  10. Hi Gina... no problem. I hope it's useful!
    Sx

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Thank you,
Sara x