I bought this sewing machine, the Elna 9000, a long time ago, which was, as I remember it, around the time of the Oakland Hills Fire. I remember that a woman in my sewing machine class (given by the store that sold it) had lost everything in the fire but had replaced her lost machine and was learning how to use it. Anyhow, I was always a little afraid of this computerized machine until I woke up one day and realized that I had had the thing over 15 years so it was time to really use it. I have been trying out a lot of the features, especially the hundreds of fancy stitches.
This is going to be the top of another Mexican Peasant Blouse. My embroidery skills are getting better, but even though I use a stabilizer, I still get puckering around the embroidery. Maybe that just goes with the territory, but what I have been doing is waiting until the yoke unit is finished and then ‘quilting’ the top to the lining with thread that matches the background color. This seems to help some of the puckering.
The younger daughter wanted a top with a smaller neckline, so I had to come up with a placket treatment for the back yoke which wouldn’t interfere with the usual way I sew the yoke to the body with all seams enclosed. I found this method in a pattern for a baby dress. The underside has a tab that will hold the buttons, and the front side creates a smooth line into the seam.
I am going to try to use the fancy machine to do hemstitching around the neckline to make holes to crochet a border into.