Yesterday on QUILTscoial I reviewed some of the features that I love on the Brother NQ900 sewing machine. Today we’ll start sewing our needle roll featuring the hand-embroidered panel we created in my September QUILTsocial post – 3 easy ways to transfer embroidery designs.
- 7½” x 19″ embroidered outside panel, pieced fabric panel or patterned fabric
- 2 fat quarters of batik fabrics (or smaller pieces as noted in the following directions)
- 7½” x 19″ HeatnBond Non-Woven Firm Weight Sew-In Interfacing
- 1 package UNIQUE Medium Rick Rack in Hot Pink
- 9″ x 7” felted wool or craft felt
- Odif 505 Temporary Adhesive Spray
- Clover Pen Style Chaco liner
- UNIQUE Double Sided Cutting Mat – 18” x 24”
- Omnigrid Ruler – 6″ x 24″
- OLFA Rotary Cutter 45mm
- UNIQUE quilting Clever Clips Small
- Measure the finished size of the embroidered panel. Mine is 7½” x 19″.
- Cut a piece of fabric and a piece of interfacing this same size. I wanted my roll to be a little stiff (so that the needle packages don’t easily slide out) so I used HeatnBond Non-Woven Firm Weight Sew-In Interfacing. I also used this beautiful purple floral batik fabric as the inside fabric for my needle roll.
3. Spray one side of the interfacing with Odif 505 Temporary Adhesive Spray and stick that fabric rectangle to the interfacing, aligning all the raw edges.
4. Baste the two layers together along the outside edges. I selected straight stitch #29 on my NQ900 and extended the length of the stitch to 5.0mm.
I used my favorite presser foot J – it has a clear front with an offset thread passage – to baste the two layers together along all sides about an ⅛” from the edge. You can see on the previous photo of the sewing machine screen, that when stitch #29 is selected, the machine tells you to use foot J.
5. Make some placement marks: Fold the fabric in half end to end and mark the center of the batik fabric rectangle. Fold each end into the marked center and mark these two lines. The fabric will now be divided into quarters. I used my rotary cutting ruler and a Pen Style Chaco liner to mark these three lines.
Now that we’ve got the base of our needle roll inside assembled, tomorrow we’ll use the Brother NQ900 to make the pockets that will hold the needle packages in the needle roll. See you then!
This is part 2 of 5 in this series
Go back to part 1: 5 great features of the NQ900 sewing machine
Go to part 3: 5 simple steps to make pockets for a needle roll