Vacation for me and my family means a whole lot of driving. I always try to pack a little hand sewing to get done in the car because it helps me pass the hours, and you can only read so much.
Usually, that means a pile of yoyos, but this time, I got wise and brought along some embroidery supplies to make the stitched parts of these sewing machine pendants.
I had been drawing little sketches of vintage sewing machines for a while, with the notion that I wanted to make up some small embroidered pieces for necklaces. I’ve been wanting a sewing machine necklace for a while, but I’ve never really found anything that I’ve liked. In my typical style, I decided to make it myself.
I scanned the pictures of the machines and resized them so that they would fit in the bezel trays I bought from this shop. I traced them with a Frixion pen onto my fabric and hooped them before I started stitching. I don’t always hoop my embroidered projects, but the small, fine stitches really required the tautness that the hoop provides.
At such a tiny scale, it proved difficult to get clear text on my first sample with 2 threads. I went down to 1 thread for all of these, and the text is much more legible.
I really enjoyed adding the extra stitches. I’ve always been able to improvise as a violinist, and so it is the same when I embroider. Whatever my needle happens to do, I go with it. The zigzag machine is my favorite, though the little polka dots and stripes were fun too.
I used bits of bias tape, lace, string, and selvages to trim each piece. My favorite is this one trimmed in lightweight denim selvage.
I have to get clasps to finish off the necklaces and a couple more bezel trays so that I can mount all of the sewing machine pendants, but I’d like to be able to sell these.