Jean Jackets are a true classic and a great canvas for machine embroidery. The Free Brother Design this month is perfect for stitching on denim! In this project you’ll learn about adhesive type stabilizer and see how to hoop a jacket back to stitch two motifs color matched to coordinate with your denim.
Materials and Supplies
- Brother Sewing and Embroidery Machine
- Brother Free Design of the month
- SA5906 Brother Adhesive Backed Water-Soluble Stabilizer
- Brother embroidery thread and bobbin thread
- Embroidery needle for embroidering.
- Wash away marker or chalk
- Gridded mat or other similar surface for aligning fabric in the hoop.
- One piece of felt- optional but helpful for testing new color combinations. Back the felt with a piece of Brother cut-away or tear-away stabilizer for best results.
For optional couching on jacket back seams:
- Brother Couching Dual Feed Foot for select Brother machine models. Note: This accessory may be included with your machine or available separately as an add-on accessory.
- Yarn suitable for couching.
- Jeans needle size 16 for couching yarn.
- Sharp, large-eyed hand needle for feeding yarn to back of jacket.
- Seam sealant for treating ends of couched yarn.
Brother Free Design of the Month
Original Colors: Shades of blue
Modified Colors: Light, medium & very dark grey
Design size: 5.00” X 4.00”
Steps to Create Embroidery on Jacket
- Please review instructions before beginning this project. Test design on felt using a mixture of colors similar to your jacket for a subtle, tone on tone effect. This jacket features a light, medium, and very dark grey to color coordinate with the special color of the denim jacket. Felt is available in many colors. You may be able to find a piece that is very close to the jacket color. See Figure #1.
- To hoop the jacket back you’ll need adhesive backed stabilizer to hold the jacket in place. A denim jacket is very stable so you shouldn’t need any additional stabilizer. Steps for hooping stabilizer are as follows:
- Cut a piece to fit within the hoop. Tightly hoop with the shiny side of the paper facing up.
- Use a pin to lightly score the paper making an “X.”
- Pull away the paper to expose the sticky side. See all steps in Figure #2a – #2c.
- Mark the center of the jacket back on the wrong side of the jacket.
- Place the hoop on top of the gridded mat, lining up the center markings indicated on the hoop with grid markings on the surface below.
- To hoop the jacket begin by folding the jacket in half to expose the center marking. Align the center marking of the jacket with the center line on the grid below the hoop. See Figure #3.
Red arrows and dashed lines indicate center line in the photo below.
- Smooth the jacket back so it is thoroughly attached to the stabilizer.
- Embroider one or more motifs as desired, centering designs to fit on the back panel of the jacket.
- Pull away, and then trim as much of the stabilizer as possible to make washing easier. See Figure #4a and #4b.
- For optional couching set up machine for couching as directed in the included instructions. Insert the size 16 jeans needle and use a slightly longer zigzag length to accommodate the added thickness. Couch yarn along the seams surrounding the embroidered area to accent the design and tie the color scheme together. See below:
- To finish ends thread yarn and needle thread into a large eyed needle. Feed to the back side. Tie yarn and thread into a knot and then apply a small amount of seam sealant to the ends. Clip excess yarn and thread when dry. See Figure #5.
- Add iron on crystals or other embellishments to accent the embroidery on your jacket.
- There are many designs that coordinate with this free design, including a variety that fit smaller hoop sizes. Visit the Heirloom in Blue design category found on the Brother iBroidery.com design download site.
Consider adding a coordinating small motif to the front yoke.