What about going “green” this Christmas by reducing all that garbage the week after Christmas – the wrapping paper, paper napkins, etc. Start by running up a set of fabric napkins for your holiday entertaining this year.

Cut squares of white cotton fabric the size you require and neaten the raw edges with a quick & easy 3 thread rolled hem on your ELNA SERGER (we can do 3 thread rolled hems on all of our ELNA 4 THREAD  sergers). For this project, we used gold rayon thread in the 2 needles + looper of the serger for an interesting contrast edge.

TIP FOR NAPKINS & TABLE CLOTH EMBROIDERY:  as these items may be turned over where guests might see the somewhat untidy reverse side, we like to make a little extra effort by doing  REVERSIBLE EMBROIDERY: this is super easy. Just wind a bobbin with the same thread as each colour you will be using in the needle. Then each time you change the colour in the needle, be sure to change the bobbin to the matching thread colour. In this way, no matter which side of the napkin you look at, the design will be pretty and neat – and fully reversible.  I use this method quite frequently – whenever I want both sides of my embroidery to look good!


About lizafrica

I am the National Education Manager for Janome & Elna Canada (including Artistic Creative products) and I LOVE to sew! I have been employed full time in the sewing and quilting industry for almost 30 years so I bring a wealth of sewing knowledge & expertise to this blog. I enjoy all forms of sewing from quilting to sewing garments to machine embroidery and software. Pretty much everything in my life is seen through the eyes of a passionate sewer! I am constantly on the look out for fun, innovative and inspiring ideas to share with you all on this blog. I also love to sew, read, knit , crochet, travel and spend time with my family and friends.
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