Purely Gates American Eagles Machine Embroidery

Have you ever heard of machine embroidery with mylar?  Yes, that plastic iridescent stuff for gift bags.  A company called Purely Gates has an entire line of embroidery designs specifically for use with mylar.  It’s pretty cool because it spaces the stitching just far enough apart to allow the pretty sparkles to show through.


This particular CD has a total of 20 different designs.


I bought a Carhartt denim jacket just for this project.  I edited my design just a bit to remove the silver block from under the eagle’s feet and added the letters “USA”.


I centered the design between the lower edge of the jacket’s yoke and the top of the bottom band.


Here’s the finished project up close.  See the iridescence in the red and white feathers?  Pretty!


Centering it just a bit lower on the jacket let the design show when I wear my hair down.  I’m SO wearing this to work tomorrow!


I’m thinking about adding design #09 with just the eagle head and a collar of stars to the right front yoke of the jacket.  What do you think?

Oh, and since we actually had snow in my little South Texas town last week for the first time in like 30 years, I decided to allow snow on my blog for December!  Too fun!  Here’s some shots from my back yard.  This is my pool and the roof of my house.


My view out back.  It was all gone by 2pm.







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4 Responses

  1. Neat eagle. I have an embroidery machine but never use it. Glad you enjoy yours and make some pretty things. The Eagle Head would look great on the front.

  2. Lisa G says:

    I love this! Where do you buy the mylar and how is it used? I’m picturing laying the mylar down over the embroidery area (like applique fabric) and then embroidering over it…?

    • There is mylar that comes with the CD, but you certainly can use any mylar even from Hobby Lobby or WalMart. It’s the very same stuff. You lay it over the embroidery just like applique fabric. If you have the software to do so, you should lessen the density of the stitches where you want the mylar so it shows through. But I think it would be cute as applique inside bunny ears, or a heart center, etc. I’d love to see your finished projects!

  3. Lisa G says:

    I will have to look for it and work it into a project soon! Thanks! 🙂

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