If you attended Bernina Club last week you were witness to my bitching and moaning concern about the lack of great precut stencils out there.
Thursday afternoon as I was once again lamenting the lack of stencil selection with a customer a light bulb came on. (I know. Many of you, like me thought my bulb was completely burned out - seems it just has an intermittent short).
Why hadn't I thought of this sooner? You know. BEFORE I did my presentation for Bernina Club?
As I explained to the attendees I am basically lazy. I could cut my own stencils (and heaven knows I have cut my share in the past) but cutting intricate designs with an Exacto knife can not only be dangerous but time consuming and tedious. And those heat cutters? Forgetaboutit.
What never occurred to me until now is that I could get my sewing machine to cut the stencils for me.
Duh. (It's my job to know these things for heaven sake!).
We sell this most incredible software called CutWork
that cuts everything from paper to fabric to cardboard to tin. Certainly it could handle Mylar.
So after a quick consult with my computer/software expert AKA Amanda, I gathered some appropriate fabrics to scan and Amanda sent them to the software and then to the sewing machine to do the work.
OMG. Imagine the possibilities here people. Scan an image and voila. Presto. Cutto. Instant stencils. (Me here doing the happy dance).
I'm thinking cutters like Cricut and the like should work too. Don't know, but if you own one you might want to give it a try - you know if you actually want to make stencils.
So anyway. Here's the result of our first attempt.
became this stencil.
I think I may have something here.
Encourage one another,