Thursday, October 21, 2010

Fun with a 5 Thread

Using the chainstitch on the five thread with decorative thread in the chain looper can open a whole new world for U.

On the wrong side of the fabric you can draw a design using a blue water erasable fabric marking pen. It is recommended if using cotton that you adhere it to a stabilizer in preparation for this technique. If it is paper backed then you can most likely use a regular ink pen and ruler. (When complete, if possible remove the stabilizer.)

This is a fun technique for embellishing pillow cases, pillow covers, wall hangings or lap robes (mini-quilts). I have used this technique for embellishing ready to wear garments also.

For beginners - you may want to start with drawing straight lines.
For fun use different color threads in the chain looper for each line. (Yes you have to re-thread the looper, and remember to remove the thread form the eye of the needle when you re-thread to avoid issues of knotting.)

Check your manual for tension settings - I used stitch length 3 and tightened the needle thread just a little to create a seed looking stitch.

SPECIAL NOTE - to end and lock the stitch - lift the presser foot, sweep the needle thread towards you, clip thread leaving about 3" and then pull the fabric (garment) to the rear of the machine or away from you. This will result in the needle thread going to the back and forming a knot.

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