Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Growing with Sewing #5 - decorative stitches

If you’ve been following my Growing with Sewing, you’ll know that I have been working on quilt blocks with all the layers pinned together, that is top, bottom and batting.  Now it’s time to stitch in the ditch, or basically cover up my straight stitches with decorative stitches.

This is the first time I’ve used the sewing machine’s decorative stitches, so I decided to see what they look like.  I thought I needed to try every stitch, but instead I tried just a few that I liked and thought would be fun to add to the blocks.  Here are some samples:

One of the most important things to know about this step is to sew with both threads on top, so they won’t get tangled and become a mess on the underside of your block.  Here’s how: 
1) put your fabric under the threaded needle and place the pressure foot down. 
2)  hold the top thread out to the left side, then catch the bobbin thread with one stitch of the machine.  It will be in a loop around the top thread. 
3) pull the bobbin thread up to the top with a pin or small scissors.  Lift the pressure foot and pull both threads towards the back of the machine, like usual.

As you can see above, the threads look pretty messy.  No one told me what to do with all the exposed thread.  I went on YouTube (my trusty online school) and learned I need to bury my thread!  Mom and I are still trying to figure out why you just don’t backstitch…  One of the videos I found was made by renaeqauilts, with her Tip of the Week.  She talks about using a needle with a big eye, but I also saw someone who used a self threading needle (or what is called a cheater needle).  Thank you everyone, for all these instructions!

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Linda said...

your quilt blocks are looking beautiful! And those stitches-I love them! I have a trusty ole 30yr old Sears machine, and sometimes I secretly hope for it to conk out so I can get a machine with fancy stitches and a free motion capability :)

pasqueflower said...

Ha.Ha. I grew up backstitching, too. It's a lot easier. I still backstitch on some of the grandkids' quilts -- durable and they won't care. But that was a great little video on the "right way" to bury threads.

Elita@Busy Needle Quilting said...

I usually bury my threads too when I do the decorative stitches. Yours are a lovely selection too! They will look so nice on the blocks. Well done!


Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

I wonder if that both threads on top trick will work for just regular sewing, not just decorative stitches. I'm going to try it -- sometimes my bobbin thread catches somehow and makes a mess... maybe that trick will help!
The video was interesting too -- very similar to hiding the yarn ends when I crochet something that's stuffed, except there is no knot.
Both were great tips!

Kathleen said...

What fun! Love the fancy stitches!

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