Annette of Thread Addict shows us how she machine-embroidered some gorgeous inchies. She says,
I digitised some ‘inchies’ using Bernina V5 software and sewed them out onto soluble fabric covered with iridescent film. I wanted the inchies to have a gleam of treasure.
Her post doesn’t give step-by-step instructions, but I think there’s enough information there for you to be able to give this a try. Go to the blog post.