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Baste the Pattern Transfer to the Fabric and Begin Stitching
Transferring a Design to Fabric Using the Tracing Paper Transfer Method

The tissue pattern basted in place, embroidering along the pattern lines.

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Next, baste the tracing pattern transfer to the embroidery fabric. You can use regular sewing thread or a single strand of embroidery floss to temporarily attach the pattern to the fabric.

Embroider the design directly through the tracing paper transfer and the fabric, following the pattern markings. I've used back stitch to outline the design in this example, but tightly-worked stem stitch, closely-spaced running stitch or split stitch can also be used.

Remember that this is a method for marking the fabric with an outline like I have done with this turtle design, rather than a way to embroider a project. Keep the stitching simple as you trace the pattern with thread for best results.

TIP: Whichever stitch you choose to use, remember to work them closely spaced. This gives you a better finished line and makes it easier to remove the paper after the stitching has been completed.

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