Sunday, January 23, 2011

Transfer-eze, a new product for me


Over the River and Through the Woods, to Grandmother's House We Go






I just want to "toot my horn" for a few minutes. I am embroidering on Crabapple Hills "Over the River and Through the Woods, To Grandmother's House We Go". If you are familiar with this pattern, you know that it has a lot of embroidery on it. I am using Transfer-eze for the first time and I love it. It comes on sheets and you just run it through your printer and print your pattern, then pull off the film and lay it down on your embroidery fabric and you are ready to go!!  Wow, can you imagine how much time that saves? And a backache from leaning over the light box. And when you are done, just soak it in cool water and the film is water soluble and it disappears, how easy can that be?  I have had a little problem with the film not sticking around the edges on some of the pieces and quickly just basted them down. I am willing to take the time to do the basting rather than tracing my patterns by light box. I have had my Transfer-eze for about 1 1/2 years and I am wondering if age has dried mine out a little. If anyone else, has used this product, I would love to hear about your experience with it, good or bad, just leave me a comment.                                          Another product that I use is Pellon fusible knit interfacing. I adhere it to the backs of all my embroidery to hide the stitches. It is very easy to stitch through and does a good job of giving body to the fabric and hiding the stitches. I have found between the 2 products that they give the project enough body that I don't have to use a hoop and that is a great advantage, I believe. It saves time when you don't have to hoop, unhoop, and hoop again. Can you hear the horn tooting? Try it, you'll like it. 
On this picture,  I have pulled the corner of the Transfer-eze up so you can see it.
This one just show the film on the fabric.
This is a picture of the back of my embroidery with the Pellon fusible interfacing on it.

On this one I have washed out the Transfer-eze and pressed my embroidery. I used Cosmo embroidery thread # 8042, it's a variegated brown thread and I really like the movement and depth it gave to my project. I don't know if you can see the different shades of brown or not in the pictures.  Always be sure and test your threads for colorfastness.
The sun is shining very bright here but  it is still very cold (only 5 degrees when I looked about an hour ago) shiver, shiver. The sun makes everything better, even the house is warmer but it's a good day to stay inside and get some sewing/quilting done..Until next time, I hope you are having a "Stitches" kind of day..ta da

4 comments:

Faithful Quilter:Elaine's Journey said...

I have been debating about using transfer-eze for back basting applique...I wonder if it would work?

What do you think?

Thanks in advance

Elaine in SLO, Ca

Stitches said...

Hi Elaine, yes, I think it would work quite well, especially for a detailed pattern. I would probably not use it for a simple pattern as I think it is rather pricy. Let me know if you try it on back basting applique..sounds like a good idea to me.

yesteryearembroideries said...

Hi, enjoyed visiting you this morning. I have never heard of either product and I am not sure if transfer-eze is even sold in my area. Where did you find yours? I may have to order on line, since that is what I do for my embroidery floss now..........I live way out in the country and the closest towns that sell floss are 70 miles aways. I just love Crabapple Hill Studio. Always something pretty to find! Enjoy stitching! blessings,Kathleen

Stitches said...

Hi Kathleen, I purchased my Transfer-eze at an AQS show but you can buy it at www.birdbraindesigns.net. I have talked to the girls there about TE and they are very friendly and helpful. They see it in larger sizes also but don't think my printer would accomodate anything bigger than 8 1/2 x 11. You could always take it to OfficeMax or etc. if needed. They have a lot of customer reviews on their site that you might like to read. I really like the Cosmo floss too and have been using it for the last several projects. I have ordered it from various places and usually do a search for someone having the lowest price. Cosmo thread also comes in some colors on a spool with just 2 strands, it's great for redwork and etc. They say all their thread is colorfast. I hope this info has been helpful to you, let me know if you try the transfer-eze and thread, I would like your input too. Have a great day, Stitches