Decorative stitches are fun

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If you do not use decorative stitch you do not know what you are missing. I wanted to “show case” the use of several decorative stitch combination to give you an idea of how the creative combinations create some beautiful borders.

It does not matter what kind of sewing machine you have, just think about the borders you can make. The key is the open toe foot . There are several types of open toe feet.  I like to use organdy or stitch in the ditch stabilzer if the fabric is not stiff enough to support the stitching.

Another way to use the decorative stitches is the circular stitcher.  I carry the Singer and the Brother stitcher. This is a very creative tool.I have a brief video on the stitcher at this link.

Looking at the samples to the left you will see the borders start with a centering stitch. Straight stretch stitch frames a lot of border stitching. Ribbon insertion with the ladder stitch adds a nice touch. Pintucks also add to the border creation using a twin needle. On the soft fabric the tucks form naturally.  I also use the hem stitch   to create holes in the organdy using a wing needle. Watch some of the videos on how to use the feet here!

If you do not own a decorative stitch machine and want one I have several “like new” products you may enjoy. The first 2 borders were made on the Singer Stylist 3400. I am also sharing the 2 dress made using heirloom techniques and the Singer 3400. The last picture is of the 3400 screen and  choosing your stitch. The stitch number is chosen and the machine instantly gives you the decorative stitch.

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