Embroidered Necklines and Hemlines Ideal for Knit Tops

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Embroidered Necklines and Hemlines Ideal for Knit Tops

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Machine Embroidery Nancy Zieman FirstTransform knit tops into machine embroidered designer looks! Eileen Roche and I are back sharing our NEW design collection, Necklines to Hemlines T-Shirt Remakes. Embroidery machine designs are the key to adding embellishment and also the neckline transformation. It’s rather marvelous how it all happens.

You may have seen our first t-shirt transformation collection on Sewing With Nancy, featuring Simple to Chic T-Shirt Remakes. Your enthusiasm to this idea prompted us to create more designs with additional features 

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Embroidery Designs Create The Transformation

The magic combo of functionality and creativity take the guesswork out of these T-shirt remakes. Use a 5″ x 7″ embroidery hoop—the most common hoop size—to stitch the magic. Here’s a summary of the process:

  • Hoop a water-soluble adhesive stabilizer, cloth type in a 5″ x 7″ hoop. Score the paper of the stabilizer within the hooped area with the tip of a pin or seam ripper. Remove the paper covering.
  • Set-up the machine with the embroidery unit. Import the neckline design of your choice.
  • Stitch color 1 directly onto the stabilizer. This is the functional part of the embroidery, a placement guide.

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  • Place the knit top side seam along the stitched placement line.

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  • Stitch color 2, the tack-down; this temporary stitching will be removed when the embroidery is complete.
  • Machine Embroidery Nancy Zieman 4Embroider the decorative elements—the eyelets and the design!

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  • Place a rectangle of prewashed tricot interfacing, fusible side up, over the embroidery.

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  • Stitch the final color, which is the stitching for the side seam opening—the transformation!
  • Remove hoop from machine and release the garment from the hoop. Trim away the excess water-soluble stabilizer.
  • Cut the knit top, between the center stitched lines, as shown.

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  • Trim the interfacing even with the ribbing. (Watch the online video to watch us demonstrate this unique finish, using another embroidery collection.)
  • Press the interfacing from the wrong side.

Do You Have a Favorite?

Rita ModelZoe ModelLilly Model

Chic Sleeve Remakes

Our transformed shirts have a surprise, a tasteful repeat of the neckline design at the sleeve hem. Here’s how to add thread accents to your sleeve.

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  • Open the sleeve along the seam.
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  • Stitch color 1 of the sleeve embroidery directly onto the stabilizer. Featured is the placement guide for the right sleeve—notice the “R” stitched on the stabilizer. (There are two sleeve embroideries—one for the left sleeve and the other for the right sleeve.)

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  • Open the side seam of the sleeve and position the center of the sleeve with the center marking stitched on the stabilizer.

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  • Stitch color 2, the tack-down stitch.

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  • Stitch the embroidery design.

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  • Repeat the process for the left sleeve. Then, remove the tack-down stitching and restitch the side seams. Ta-dah!

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Transform Necklines

Our new design bundle also includes accent motifs to use along the knit top back (or front) neckline. We have really thought of it all!

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Watch us demonstrate our T-shirt makeover techniques on Sewing With Nancy, featuring other t-shirt transformation collections. 

Simple To Chic T-shirt Remakes, How to Embroider a T-Shirt, Nancy Zieman Eileen Roche

For more ideas, watch Simple to Chic T-Shirt Remakes on Sewing With Nancy online.

Simple to Chic T-Shirt Remakes with Eileen Roche and Sewing With Nancy Zieman

Create Exciting Necklines to Hemlines T-Shirt Remakes with this Unique Embroidery Collection 

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Necklines to Hemlines T-Shirt Remakes package contains:

  • Specially digitized designs make it simple to change the shape of the shirt’s neckline and add classy motifs all in the same hooping—no sewing skills required!
  • Embellish sleeves with coordinating designs.
  • Transform and relax a tight hemline with side seam embroidery.
  • Add coordinating border designs to the hemline.
  • Bonus Back Bling designs add a special unique touch.

Necklines to Hemlines I is a multi-format CD with 3 collections to transform necklines, sleeves, side seams, and hemlines. All three necklines require one hooping in the 6” x 10” hoop or two hoopings in the 5” x 7” hoop. All three side seam designs require one hooping in the 6” x 10” hoop or two hoopings in the 5” x 7” hoop. All five sleeves come in right and left versions and require just one hooping in the 5” x 7” hoop. Both border designs require two 5” x 7” hoopings. Both back bling designs require one 5” x 7” hooping.

Designs in Machine Embroidery (DIME) is giving away a copy of the CD, which includes a printable PDF instruction book. Nancy’s Notions is giving away a Neckline to Hemlines T-Shirt Remakes DVD. To enter the giveaway, leave a comment below telling us which of these designs is your favorite.

Nancy Zieman's Giveaway Winner

The winner of a copy of Illusion Quilts Made Easy  from Nancy’s Notions is Gale Betterly.

Her comment was, “Red and white is my favorite, but when I’m working on a Quilts of Valor quilt, I include blue and love doing unique shapes to help honor those who have so honorably served us.”

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  • Linda Sohm
    January 24, 2017

    I really like the Rita design. I think it would make an ordinary T-shirt look very elegant.

  • Lynn Poulin
    January 24, 2017

    I love the Lilly designs–makes me think of spring!

  • Pam
    January 24, 2017

    I love them all but Lilly may be my top choice.

  • Carol H
    January 24, 2017

    I like them all, but Rita would be the first one I’d sew out.

  • Sharon Morfick
    January 24, 2017

    I love them all, but my favorite is Zoe. I like the clean lines.

  • Debbie H
    January 24, 2017

    Lilly has got to be my favorite!

  • Cindy
    January 24, 2017

    love the designs never thought of borders

    thank you

  • Christine Hurt
    January 24, 2017

    I like all three but Rita is my favorite. I have always like paisley designs and this design is so pretty and would add a beautiful touch to an otherwise ordinary shirt.

  • Andrea Smith
    January 24, 2017

    My top pick is the Zoe for a classic timeless look!

  • Deborah Jenkins
    January 24, 2017

    Love them all but think I’d use Zoe first. Great designs for all the new t-shirt and tunic styles.

  • Pamela Pope
    January 24, 2017

    What a genius idea! Of course, all the designs are quite pretty but I think the Zoe is the most versatile. A person younger than I am might even like this pattern on their t-shirts too. Love them all!

  • Susan Spiers
    January 24, 2017

    Lily is my favorite! So pretty! Love the colors! Thank you, Susan

  • Vicky
    January 24, 2017

    I love tshirt remakes. They really dress up an ordinary shirt. Rita is beautiful. I love the design and it is my favorite.

  • Jennifer P
    January 24, 2017

    i like Rita the best a it has such a lovely flow to the floral swirls. Thanks for the shows and the tutorial. I wish I had larger than 5 x 7 to make the single hoops and option.

  • Kristy Loghry
    January 24, 2017

    I love the Rita design!

  • Judy W.
    January 24, 2017

    Gosh, it’s hard to choose since they all are so pretty! But I think Lilly is my favorite. Love the color combinations and all the extra designs!

  • Martha Hood
    January 24, 2017

    Here you go again- giving such neat designs and then asking which one you like best- how do you choose- they are all great looking – giving different designs and then also showing finished projects- would love to do all- for me and all the great grands – thanks again for all of your ideas and great videos –

  • Cheryl Wood
    January 24, 2017

    I love all 3 design sets and this is my style. Now, I just need to find this fabric online.

  • Linda E in AZ
    January 24, 2017

    I’m torn between Zoe and Lily. These are great makeovers, and your book and CD would really launch me on some redos of those T-shirts I have in my sewing room (waiting for me to do something with them).

  • Sunni
    January 24, 2017

    All the designs are lovely and provide a variety. My 2nd choice is Zoe. Firstly I’d do the Lilly design as Lily the cat stretches out and watches me be creative.

  • Helen Grantham
    January 24, 2017

    I like them all, but I have to say Rita is my favorite. I can’t wait to try this technique.

    Thank you

  • Karen Derbes
    January 24, 2017

    I absolutely love everything in this collection, but I would have to say the “Rita” design is my favorite!

  • Nancy Taylor
    January 24, 2017

    I would love to win this CD. I have so many possibilities hanging in my closet!
    Thank You.
    Nancy Taylor

  • Tammy Campbell
    January 24, 2017

    Rita is the design I like best. I would love to update some plain t-shirts with this look.

  • Sandra
    January 24, 2017

    Rita is my favorite as it reminds me of my late Grandma Rita who loved to put on pink lipstick!

  • Linda Thomas
    January 24, 2017

    All of the designs are wonderful, but I really love Lilly! It is more open and flowing and is my favorite!

  • Lois M Van Ackern
    January 24, 2017

    What’s not to love about all of them, but I really like the Zoe design.

  • Lynne
    January 24, 2017

    At first when looking at the designs alone I thought RIta was my favorite. Then when I saw them on the models I thought Zoe was my favorite. I like Lilly too. They are all my favorite. If I really had to choose which to do first I would pick Zoe but I would have to make them all.

  • Janet Bryant
    January 24, 2017

    Rita is my favorite. I would do it in the same colors shown here!

  • Katie
    January 24, 2017

    I love all the designs!

  • Barbara
    January 24, 2017

    I think if I only had one choice on which one to embroider, I would have to choose Lilly!

  • Sheryl Arnold
    January 24, 2017

    How can I select only one? They are all fantastic! Hope I don’t over heat my machine trying everyone I can get my hands on……….It’s love at first sight!

  • Jan C
    January 24, 2017

    Rita, because I love paisley.

  • Ellen R. in MN
    January 24, 2017

    This is a hard choice but #1 is Zoe for casual wear followed closely by Lilly for slightly dressier wear. And I need additions to my wardrobe in both categories!

  • Nancy Kriner
    January 24, 2017

    I love the Rita design! I have been watching you and Irene doing this technique and it looked so complicated until I read this blog. You are using the 5 by 7 hoop. I am still too chicken to try a multi-hooping project but I think I can do this one. I think I want to try it on something other than a T-Shirt. It is such a beautiful design.

  • sandie
    January 24, 2017

    My favorite is Rita, I had a aunt by that name, the design reminds me of her. Beautiful, happy, colorful. thank you

  • Mary Hopkins
    January 24, 2017

    The three styles are great, I would try the “Zoe” one first.

  • Karen
    January 24, 2017

    I like the Lily design. I guess I’m a paisley girl from the 60’s.

  • Susan T
    January 24, 2017

    The Rita due to being paisley. I have used the other CD and know how much these designs can spiff up a $3 shirt!

  • Donna
    January 24, 2017

    I would have to say Rita is my favorite. It just reached out and grabbed me from the first time I saw it!

  • Nancy Glisson
    January 24, 2017

    I like all three sets of designs but “Rita” is my most favorite.

  • Teresa Mitchell
    January 24, 2017

    I love all three, but if I could only choose one, it would have to be Lilly.

    I love taking t-shirts and spiffing them up, just give them a whole new look that can be dressed up.

    Thank you for this opportunity.

  • Kim M Harrington
    January 24, 2017

    I love Rita! These are all beautiful, but I would do the Rita designs first.

  • Jeri
    January 24, 2017

    I like all of them, but if I had to chose one it would probably be Rita.

  • BevM
    January 24, 2017

    I like the Lilly designs, because I always add “bling” to the back of shirts that I embroider.

  • Cande Gordon
    January 24, 2017

    I love all of them but Rita is my favorite. I love Paisley and this design really showcases the beautiful design. I am a “plump” woman and for some reason the professional designers don’t seem to think we like pretty embroidered clothes too.

  • Karen Stevens
    January 24, 2017

    Love the flowing curves of the Rita. Very beautiful way to dress up your favorite tee.

  • Diana K /smith
    January 24, 2017

    I Love all the designs. Its hard to find something pretty for a plus size woman and these make it easy to transform a plain shirt into something pretty. Thank you for such pretty designs .

    January 24, 2017

    The green leaves are wonderful! Great intro to spring…or during the fall, change the leaves to autumn colors. So versatile.love it.

  • Pat
    January 24, 2017

    All the designs are lovely but the Lily designs are my favorite. Thanks for the chance to win this wonderful prize.

  • Mary Brock
    January 24, 2017

    I like Zoe

  • Brenda Oseland
    January 24, 2017

    I have a weakness for paisley. Love the Rita designs!

  • Dawn
    January 24, 2017

    My favorite is Rita!

  • elena doucet
    January 24, 2017

    love all hard to choose
    so i would make them all
    love dressing up t shits

  • Marti Morgan
    January 24, 2017

    I think Lilly is the nicest, but they are all great. I would really like to know where we can get the flared shirt, very nice.

  • Chris Faulkner
    January 24, 2017

    I prefer the Zoe. And the lace-up details.

  • Sharon P
    January 24, 2017

    They are all wonderful, but I really like Rita.

  • Joy Joslin
    January 24, 2017


  • Cheryl Wright
    January 24, 2017

    I like the Lilly design, love the design for the back of the t-shirt

  • Anna Hollar
    January 24, 2017

    Choices, choices. So many beautiful designs! I put them all in a

  • myra karachy
    January 24, 2017

    It is a hard choice but I would have to pick Rita

  • Kathy Z
    January 24, 2017

    I like Lily the best because nature speaks to me. I also love flowing lines, both in garments and embellishment. Thank you!

  • Mary Esser
    January 24, 2017

    No contest, I love the Rita design 🙂 They are all beautiful, but for some reason Rita is my favorite.

  • Mary
    January 24, 2017

    I LOVE Rita! I have always been a paisley girl and everyone who knows me knows this.

  • Jan Goldman
    January 24, 2017

    All three are beautiful, but I like the linear aspect of Zoe. It is a nice change from floral designs.

  • Katherine Oler
    January 24, 2017

    I love paisley so I’ll have to say that Rita is my favorite design. What a fun way to use our embroidery capabilities and machines. I make so much for everyone else, finally I’ll make something for myself!

  • Patricia Oishi
    January 24, 2017

    I have to go with Rita, since my mom and daughter share that name.

    Beautiful set of designs!

  • Vivian
    January 24, 2017

    I like all of them, but I think I like Lilly the best. Love the transformation. Perfect to revamp tops that are too tight in the neck!

  • Tamra Botkin
    January 24, 2017

    I’m a lady who enjoys pink so I am drawn to the “Rita” design. I can see using each one of these to brighten up my tops!

  • Francine Meyer-Drasutis
    January 24, 2017

    I really like the Rita.

  • Karen McDonner
    January 24, 2017

    Love them all. I purchased the first set from DIME and have made many t-shirts. Can’t wait until I can get these new designs. From ordinary to extraordinary for sure!

  • Kelly Sas
    January 24, 2017

    I made everyone in the first set DIME created and now I can’t wait to get this set too. I love the option of putting designs on the back of the neckline too.

  • Becky Kendrick
    January 24, 2017

    I absolutely love the Rita design! I am also so hooked on aqua hues so I would have to try those shades on a pale top. Beautiful!!

  • L Watson
    January 24, 2017

    Rita is my favorite, and I really like it on the gray shirt with pink hues of thread.

  • Marsha Dimond
    January 24, 2017

    I love the paisley Rita. I also love the t-shirt. Is that ready-to-wear or a pattern?

  • Rosemary Carpenter
    January 24, 2017

    I really love them all and would love to use them all, but I think my favorite is Rita!!!!

  • Kay Coffin
    January 24, 2017

    I love them all! If I had to pick just one, it would be Rita!

  • Gail Beam
    January 24, 2017

    They are all beautiful, but I think I kike the Rita design the best.

  • Diane Sobotik
    January 25, 2017

    I love the ZOE prints. I followed all instruction until the very end where you make the cut on the top. Can’t figure out how that works. Love watching Nancy.

  • Ruth A. Pray
    January 25, 2017

    I liked all of them. The one I liked the best is Lilly.

  • Janet Weirauch
    January 25, 2017

    Rita has my vote. I have always been a lover of this type design and look forward to upgrading my tee shirts.

  • Paula Brooks
    January 25, 2017

    I like all the designs bur I think Rita is my favorite!

  • Pat Ricks
    January 25, 2017

    I love them all but Lilly would be my choice!!

  • Judy R
    January 25, 2017

    I’m looking for creative ways to use the built in stitches on my sewing machine since I haven’t invested in an embroidery machine ….. yet!

  • Diane S.
    January 25, 2017

    I like Lilly the best although I think all of them are nice.

  • Diane Mettler
    January 25, 2017

    I love them all but my favorite is the “Rita” design. The swirls and flowers with leaves are so beautiful.

  • Helen in KY
    January 25, 2017

    So many great choices. My love of paisley wins this one – Rita. Once again the instructions are really good.

  • Darlene Bazzoli
    January 26, 2017

    Love the Rita pattern, both design & colors!

  • Becky M
    January 26, 2017

    I have to say the “Rita” is my favorite. I love paisleys.

  • Bonnie
    January 26, 2017

    All the designs are beautiful, but Rita is my favorite. Thanks for sharing this great technique.

  • Patty Sack
    January 28, 2017

    The Rita is my favorite!

  • Carlene Dunlop
    January 29, 2017

    love all three designs but Rita has to be my choice

  • Sue W
    February 10, 2017

    Since I do tend to be a blue/green girl I lean toward Lilly; but the geometric shapes of Zoe definately peeks my interest, but the paisley of Rita is totally sweet. Very hard to pick one of the group. I will have to pick — Rita knowing I can change thread colors.

  • Bonnie T.
    February 26, 2017

    I love the look of Lily. It is very elegant

  • Doreen Linehan
    March 1, 2017

    I think they’re all beautiful but I’d say Rita is my favorite. The process looks simple enough for me to do. I’d love to give it a try.

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