Saturday, 23 April 2011

Fancy Top Stitching




So that's what the fancy stitches on my sewing machine are for. Making things look pretty! 

All those knob functions sitting there untouched (behave) seems like such a waste. But I can now proudly say that I have used a grand total of 4 out of 18 of the stitches on my machine... which is more than 3. How about you, do you use fancy stitches? Which ones and what for? Let's play with fancy stitching! Yay!

[Soundtrack: 'Who Will the Next Fool Be?' by Charlie Rich]

20 comments:

  1. I love the fancy stitching, it's such a cute detail!
    From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

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  2. What are you making? What are you MAKIIIINNNNG?!

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  3. I don't think I've used fancy stitching in a project since I was using my mom's machine in high school (at least four years ago!) and haven't even touched them on my own machine! However they look like such a nice detail on your project I might just have to try them.

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  4. Yes, I want to know what you are making, too! You fancy stitches look great.

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  5. Hey, that's pretty! I haven't used any of the top-stitching stitches on my machine, yet (although I have one that looks exactly like the one you used, I think). I have used a similar stitch for mock-overlocking, though... :)

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  6. Pretty! I love that stitch with the curved neckline. I'm going to star this post so I can copy your idea, ok? :-)

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  7. I used fancy stitches to divert attention from the uneven rod pockets on some curtains. Alas, didn't work.

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  8. I'm a huge fan of using the decorative stitches on my machine - mostly to get around doing stuff that would otherwise be tedious with the potential for sloppy results - topstitching, hemming, etc. My machine doesn't have many, but they're super useful!

    I'm working on the sewaholic crescent skirt and did a lot of decorative stitching very similiar to what you did! I used a twin needle in a couple places - I'm so in love with the effect! I'll have pictures up tomorrow or monday, i think!

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  9. Nice job! I recently did some fancy top stitching on my 50's dress. Just brought another sewing machine used from my Aunt to do more decorative stitching. It looks really nice what you have done here.

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  10. I know what you're making! It looks fabulous, especially the fancy top stitching, I'm off to play with all my fancy stitches now. x

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  11. According to the Bernina manual, it's for self-facing stretch fabrics. I used the exact same stitch for the sleeve and bottom hems on a knit dress recently. Not only looks cool but is a stretch stitch, so should stand up to a bit of strain.

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  12. I use the fancy stitching for hemming knits because my twin-needling always channels and for some reason my fancy stretch stitches don't. And it looks fancy! So far I haven't used them on wovens, but thanks for reminding me.... (I think I know what you're making....)

    Hat

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  13. I've had my sewing machine for several years and just discovered the stretch stitch function last week. duh! Gonna make a jersey dress today to celebrate.

    Candy

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  14. Love the fancy stitching! I don't think my machine has anything quite so exciting, but I'm off to check!

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  15. I use my fancy stitches all the time. Sometimes to get around making topstitching pretty (way easier to get fancy stitches cute than keep a straight line exactly straight), but sometimes just for pure decoration.

    My machine has about 20 function stitches and 30 decorative ones. I've used at least 10 of the decorative.

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  16. My machine doesn't seem to have many fancy stitches, but I used the classic scalloped embroidery stitch for the first time on a pair of Madeleine mini bloomers this week, and was thrilled with the result (a matching camisole is on the way). It's the seventies Simplicity dress you're sewing, isn't it?

    It's funny to read you've used your first fancy stitches, because I remember I got my serger at the same time as you did. We seem to discover our tools at the same time!

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  17. I generally only use 3 of the stitches my machine has :) Straight, zig zag, and a straight stretch one... I kind of forget that all fancy ones exist.

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  18. ooh that looks great! I'm still trying to get to grips with the basic functions on my sewing machine, let alone the fancy ones - but looking forward to experimenting! I've only recently discovered your blog and am really enjoying it - thanks!

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  19. I'm totally addicted to the fancy stitches on my machine, I use them for detail on brooches and such, I haven't used them much on clothes though, it looks great I'll have to try it.

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  20. Hi

    The detail is nice. My sister in law finishes baby blanket with interesting stitches too.
    Mary in Thailand

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