by Heidi Kilgore
Well, somebody has taken a regular idea and made it better. Welcome to the new and wonderful world of Mylar. When it first came out I thought, “Oh no, here we go again. Can it work? Will it work?”
I finally put my ideas together for Designs by Sick and came up with something new for the website. Yes, Mylar is workable with the home machine embroidery. They make designs sparkle beyond belief. The first one I did was a real dud, but with practice comes perfection for sure.
[Editor’s note: First of all, I know many of you are thinking, “What is Mylar? Does Heidi want us to do something with those big silver balloons?” No, actually Mylar is that iridescent film you see used in gift bags or wrapping Easter/gift baskets!]
Now, rumor is going around that other designs that have been previously published could be used with Mylar also. The first thing that came to my mind was the DD Lace Ornaments. just slide a little piece of Mylar in under it before beginning and it will give a whole new look for the ornament that you are using.
Now, let me tell you a little about my method. One design can be stitched out to give you two different looks. The first set is butterflies with lace in them. You can stitch them with Mylar or they can appliquéd with fabric. You can leave the lace off, or you can Stitch out the lace. The possibilities go on and on.
Now, on the second set (and there will be a second set) you can also use these designs as regular lace designs, just leave off the placement stitch and the tack down stitch the first 2 rounds, and you will have a lacy design instead of one with Mylar.
Some suggestions with working with Mylar:
Stay with the machine it tends to dull the needle fast and if so it starts messing up.
You may want to back off your speed a little if possible, makes for slower but sometimes better sewing on these projects.
I don’t believe that pictures does the Mylar justice, I would suggest that you make one, but be careful you will get hooked on this new and wonderful way to add life to a traditional craft.
The new applique set for Mylar will be uploaded to the website within the next 24 hours. Keep watching!
For instructions on how to appliqué with Mylar, please click here.
Click here to see the new Mylar Butterflies set.