This simple apron turned into a lot of work because of the owl:
The owl is done with freestyle/free motion embroidery but I can't remember whether or not I used my old machine, or new sewing machine. Doesn't matter, was just going to make the point that you don't need a special machine to do this with as my old machine is a cheap one I got at London Drugs about 7 years ago. Only reason I upgraded was that I bent the shaft of the old one sewing dog beds for shelters. Should've known those 20 layers were too much for any non-industrial machine. Oh well, stupid and paid the price.
So, back to the owl. This was my 1st attempt at free motion embroidery but I really liked the scribble type of artsy style which I figured was the most forgiving anyway, so worked out well. Here's a close-up:
What took the longest was finding the right picture to print out then transfer (used freezer paper) onto fabric. Most pictures are solid, not just outlines. I learned that you should look up owl "cartoon" as cartoons are often just outlines so you don't need a whole printer ink cartridge to print it out with!
Your comments, advice and own project links are always welcome.