Ten creative ways to use the decorative stitches on your sewing machine
I simply *love* using the programmed decorative stitches on my sewing machine, but I know that some of you struggle to come up with ideas on how to use them.
Struggle no more! These creative ideas are sure to inspire.
1. Stitch in the ditch
Instead of a straight stitch, use a decorative stitch instead when stitching “in-the-ditch” on your quilts.
Instead of hand sewing the bindings on your quilts, a decorative stitch can be a super quick and interesting way to sew down your bindings.
Instead of a standard zig-zag or straight stitch when couching decorative fibers or ribbon, add additional embellishment by using a decorative stitch.
4. Machine lace fabric
5. Surface texture and decoration
Use decorative stitches to add surface texture and decoration to your fabric. For example, I often use them when making fabric beads. (Free tutorial here)
6. Faux ribbon effect
By adding a couple of narrow rows of straight stitch on either side of a decorative stitch, you can quickly make a faux ribbon effect.
7. Raw edge applique
Use your decorative stitches to finish off the edges of raw edge appliques.
8. Decorative top-stitching
Use decorative stitches to embellish or top-stitch. For example, I’ve used them to top-stitch the pleats on this pleated insert used on art quilt.
9. Focus fabric from ribbon or fabric strips
Make focus fabric by placing strips of ribbon or fabric side by side (I love hand dyed ribbon for this technique) and use a decorative stitch to sew the strips together.
10. Machine lace edging
Use your decorative stitches to make delicate and contemporary machine lace edging. (Free tutorial here)
Did I mention once or ten times that I *love* to use the decorative stitches on my sewing machine?
I could add more, but I’ve run out of time. However I’m sure this is more than enough to get you started using your decorative stitches and once you start using them, you’ll probably come up with dozens more ideas.
And here’s a bonus if you love to sew with decorative stitches …
Download and enjoy my FREE Dancing Hearts Quilt Pattern which I designed specifically for using your decorative stitches. You can find the pattern here, together with some helpful hints for using your decorative stitches.