Good morning, friends! She shows you how to sew lace to fabric and lace to lace and which stitches to use and how she used these techniques on a garment. She studied garments with this embellishment and learned to do it herself and shows you an easy way to do it. I have tried doing this in the traditional way, but wow, her technique is much easier and much more precise. It was really cool to watch how she did this and how she used it in on a bag without lace and a garment with lace.
She used a pleating machine that pulls all the pleats together and makes it pretty easy if you want to buy one of those. She also shares some other ways to do it as well before she gets into the embroidery. It looks so beautiful in the end and is truly what I think of when I think of heirloom sewing for little girls and babies. Conclusion I really enjoyed taking this class. Happy Heirloom Sewing!
Share this:. Comments Sounds like an interesting class. Behind the Scenes on Instagram tanyamaile. Remember, you only have one thread on the bottom. Pintucks The machine set up is the same as for basic twin needle sewing. Attach a pintuck foot. Again, sew with the right side of your fabric facing up and watch the magic happen.
Since we're using a mid-weight linen, our pintucks are only slightly raised. On a lighter weight, the pintucks would be more pronounced. Corded Pintucks Set up the machine as above for pintucks. The difference here is that you want to hold the cording in perfect line with the twin needle so that as you sew, you are sewing along either side of the cording underneath. Janome has Pintuck Cord Guides see above that attach to the machine for this purpose. Remember, when we say 'cording,' we're actually talking about a very thick thread, like embroidery floss.
Sew with the right side up and the cording underneath, using a straight stitch in the same manner as a basic pintuck. Here is the corded pintuck from the rightside. And, here is what it looks like from the wrong side. You can also add more cording to create more definition. And, if you are using a sheer fabric, you can use a colored cord to make a shadow effect. Other stitches with a twin needle You can use a twin needle with many stitches on your machine.
Below, we tried a zig zag stitch and a feather stitch. Imagine this kind of combination around the border of a napkin, placemat or tablecloth! You machine may have a variety of satin stitches. If so, these are lovely with a twin needle. Below, we selected a decorative scallop stitch.
Again, take a look at our Twin Needle Stitching tutorial for more examples. Adding ribbon with twin needle stitching You should be feeling pretty comfortable now with your twin needle. So, let's get more creative. A very common heirloom accent is to use a twin needle, a basic or decorative stitch, and narrow ribbon to embellish a border or the edge of a hem. Set up your machine for twin needle sewing. Select a stitch that will look nice along either side of the ribbon. We used a stretch stitch that is normally used to sew knits.
Place the ribbon in the foot. Place the fabric right side up under the foot. Sew as before, making sure to evenly guide the ribbon through the foot. Triple needle Using a triple needle in your sewing machine is not much different than a twin needle. All the same rules apply. Of course, you need to add another spool of thread. Most sewing machines have space for two threads, but not three. A free standing spool holder that you place next to your machine would work great. We've also heard of folks who place a small coffee cup next to their machine to hold the third spool.
Insert the triple needle. Attach a clear foot for easy viewing.
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We opted to use our Open Toe foot. Thread the machine with three threads. Remember to thread from right to left so your threads do not get tangled together. Here's another area where you can be creative: use one, two, or three different thread colors! We used a hot pink color in the left and right needles with green in the middle needle.
This is not necessarily a traditional heirloom color combo, but even in the subtle tones of heirloom, you could use an ivory with pale pastels for a beautiful accent. Select a straight stitch or simple decorative stitch, such as a zig zag. As mentioned above, be very careful to test the needle drop by rotating the hand wheel manually to test that the swing of the needles won't hit the machine's plate.
Place your fabric right side up and away you go. Wing needle for hemstitching In heirloom sewing, hemstitching is one of the most popular techniques.
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Using a zig zag You can use a zig zag stitch and a wing needle to make hemstitching. In order to achieve the look, you have to be precise with your stitching. Insert the wing needle. Thread your machine as you would for regular sewing. Attach a satin stitch foot. We used the open toe version here again, so you could see clearly. Select a zig zag stitch. Sew one line of stitching. Put the needle down in the last hole made in the previous line of stitching.
Sew a second line of stitching, making sure the needle is going into the large holes of the previous stitching. Using a built-in hemstitch Many of the high-end Janome machines offer built-in hemstitches. You will know a stitch is a built-in hemstitch either because of its name on your sewing machine or how it is described in your manual.
You can also determine if it's appropriate by the needle motion. Below are some examples of built-in hemstitching with a wing needle on our Janome Horizon Memory Craft You can see the holes created by the wing needle. The set up of the machine is the same as above. Fagoting The technique of fagoting is used to join two folded edges of fabric to one another with a decorative stitch in the middle. The decorative stitch acts as a bridge between the two edges.
In heirloom sewing, you will see this technique used to join folded fabric edges, lace to fabric, and lace to lace. Again, this was once done only by hand. Today, using a machine provides you with a number of stitch options to produce the same effect faster and much more easily. The challenge of fagoting is keeping the two folded edges even as you sew. As with the other techniques we've discussed here, you need to sew slowly and use a marking on your needle plate or your selected foot as a guide. For fagoting, set up your machine as you would for regular sewing.
We prefer to use our regular presser foot. It has small markings on the front of the foot that are perfect guides for feeding the folded edges evenly. Insert a universal needle that is the appropriate size for your fabric type. Thread the needle and bobbin with the thread of your choice. Select a stitch that is formed by the needle moving left to right. This could be as basic as a zigzag, or you may have built-in fagotting specialty stitches on your machine. Fold over the raw edges of the fabric pieces to be joined and finish the raw edges.
NOTE: Finish the raw edges prior to fagoting. You can zig zag, overcast or serge the edges. You can also use a rolled hem. It all depends on fabric type and your desired finish. Place folded fabrics edges on either side of the needle and begin to sew. As you sew, the swing of the needle should be catching both folded edges.
Test on scraps first to confirm the width of the swing so you know how far apart to keep your folded edges.
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Here is our finished example using a zigzag stitch. Here is an example of fagotting using a built-in fagoting stitch on our Janome machine. Turning corners You may be inspired by our examples to embellish your next placemat, napkin, curtain or pillow project. We will cover different stitches and stabilizers, to get the look you? Sew it's Monday - Oct 21, am.
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Learn how to put a zipper in, and also do some decorative quilting on the apron. Sew it's Monday - Nov 04, am. Sew it's Monday - Nov 04, am Come and stitch, sew or chat for all or part of the day. Introduction To Quilting Vintage - Nov 07, am. Introduction To Quilting Vintage - Nov 07, am There's a whole new world of little quilts out there and they are not new at all, they're vintage. Preserve a cherished heirloom handkerchief and learn how to quilt with your domestic sewing machine- no longarm required.
You will learn precision machine stitching, free motion stippling, quilt binding and making a hanging sleeve. Patience however, is required. This mini quilt measures approximately 12" x 12" and we prepare it for your wire stand or for framing. The project uses modern tools and supplies- you supply the handkerchief or Patty has some available for sale.
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