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embroidery speed
It takes me 45 minutes (actual time, not including breaks) to embroider stem stitch around the keyhole neckline of a smock. It would probably take me less time if I took bigger stitches, but the small ones look better, and since it was white on white, I wanted it to look really nice and tight. If I was contrasting it, I'd use bigger stitches and let the color do some of the work, but I was afraid that when I went to wash it, the floss would bleed and I'd have a stained linen smock, and nobody likes that.

I'll have to remember that, though, when I wash my blue smock, and maybe rip out the stitching. It's not like it's a huge chore to redo, and by then, I'll have time to rinse some floss in hot water and soap and let it dry, which is a luxury I do not have at the moment.


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redsquirrel From: redsquirrel Date: July 29th, 2006 11:10 am (UTC) (base camp)

Product Plug

Carbona Dye Grabber. I love it - it works great. I have a yellow linen tunic with teal neck and sleeve bands that I embroidered with red, blue and gold floss. I've always used this when washing it and it hasn't run a bit. I've also heard good things abouth their Color Run Remover.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: July 31st, 2006 06:13 am (UTC) (base camp)

Re: Product Plug

Cool, thanks!
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