Monday, January 2, 2012
Step out of that rut
More and more machines carry an assortment of decorative stitches. These stitches can change the look of domestic machine quilting, applique, embellishment or binding. A great idea is to take a fabric sandwich, two pieces of fabric sandwiched around a piece of batting, and stitch rows of various stitches to see what your machine can accomadate for you. Now, adjust the width selector and do another row. Do you notice how that may change your stitches? Now fool around with the length dial, again you will see a change. These stitches can be used to give your quilt your own sense of style, you don't have to get stuck in the rut of a straight or zig zag stitch. When you applique, try a decorative stitch other than satin or blanket stitch. You will be amazed at the wonders you can accomplish. It is your quilt, don't be afraid to try something new for you. Once you are comfortable with the stitches, try different weight threads. If you have additional ideas on stitches, be sure to post it in the comments so we can share it with others.