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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