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Decorative Stitch Inspiration

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Have you ever wondered what do to do with all those “fancy” stitches on your sewing machine?  You know what to do with the basic stitches, like straight stitch, zig-zag – even the buttonholes – but what about all those decorative stitches?  Well, after taking a closer look at this quilt, you just might be inspired with some fresh new ways of looking at your machine’s decorative stitches, and giving them a try for yourself!

This quilt features an appliqued tree design with lots of multi-colored leaves, along with a few birds.  These elements were stitched to the base fabric with various methods of machine applique.  But, before these various elements were appliqued to the base fabric, most were first transformed by being embellished with decorative machine stitching!

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The stitching on the tree trunk and branches was done with thread colors similar to those found in the fabric, providing a more tonal effect.  The rayon thread provides a bit of sheen, creating even more dimension.

Notice that some of the leaves were made using a print fabric, without any added embellishment.  Other leaves have a striped pattern, enhanced with contrast stitching.  Still other leaves were simply basic, solid colored fabric, but changed with the addition of multiple rows of decorative stitching.

You can use various stitch patterns and thread colors, combined in countless ways, to create all sorts of different looks depending on the effect you want to achieve.  Use a light, tear-away stabilizer to help prevent dense stitching from puckering under the presser foot.  It’s best to use either a Satin Foot or an Open Toe Foot for decorative stitching.  These feet have a “groove” on the underside, allowing the dense stitching to pass freely underneath and not get stuck.

Feet

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The tree trunk and branches were then appliqued to the main fabric with the satin stitch applique method, which is done by satin stitching (zig-zag stitch with reduced stitch length setting) over the raw edge of the applique to completely cover it.

The leaves were sewn to the main fabric with the blind stitch applique method, which is done by first turning and pressing the raw edges under, then using the machine’s blind stitch to sew the appliques in place.  Bird & Eggs

Finally, the machine was converted to free-motion sewing mode, to quilt the layers together.  You can use a free-motion design that complements the overall design of the quilt, or just do basic stipple quilting.  Just add the borders and binding to finish!Leaves

Share with us what you have done with decorative machine stitching!

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SINGER® FUTURA™ “Embroidery Made Easy” Newsletter (October 2014)

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Fall is Here!

Who doesn’t love the beautiful colors of autumn? Splashes of yellows, golds and reds paint the landscape around us. Those beautiful colors are also a reminder that the holiday season is just around the corner. Now is the perfect time to start your holiday sewing, and what could be better than creating your projects with your SINGER® FUTURA™sewing & embroidery machine? This month’s issue of Embroidery Made Easy  will expand on a few of the functions that are available in the AutoPunchTM Draw Package. Because there are so many tools to use in the Draw Package, we are narrowing it down to some of the basic drawing tools. These tools provide you with the ability to create basic shapes to use with the  AutoPunchTM digitizing wizard.

In addition, you’ll use your new skills to create a beautiful napkin ring that is perfect for your fall table.  Then, you’ll learn how to use the Trace Design function in this month’s Inside Your Software article.

FUTURA Newsletter October 2014

FUTURA Maple Leaf Napkin Ring

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SINGER® FUTURA™ “Embroidery Made Easy” Newsletter (September 2014)

Embroidery Made Easy, Learn The Basics, Sewing Projects, Tips & Hints, Uncategorized

Basic Drawing Tools

There are a lot of features that are built into the software for your SINGER® FUTURA™ sewing & embroidery machine. Our goal is to explore these features, so that you get the most out of your machine. This month’s issue of Embroidery Made Easy will expand on a few of the functions that are available in the AutoPunch™ Draw Package. Because there are so many tools to use in the Draw Package, in this issue we are narrowing it down to some of the basic drawing tools. These tools provide you with the ability to create basic shapes to use with the AutoPunch™ digitizing wizard.

In addition, you’ll use your new skills to create a beautiful border for this month’s project, a handy case for your tablet. Then, you’ll learn how to use the Show/Hide function in this month’s Inside Your Software article.

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FUTURA Sewing Machine Organizer

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The Sewing Party! You’re invited to the first ever online DIY event in history!

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The Sewing Party is the first ever online-all-day DIY event in history!

 

SINGER is proud to be a part of this amazing event!  On November 8, 2014, thousands of DIY-ers will gather for a fun-filled day of sewing and crafting classes taught online by leading bloggers and educational experts.

Attendees will have access to more than 30 online classes available on the day of the event and for an additional 90 days. Classes include home décor, fashion sewing, quilting and up-cycling, crafting, costume design, techniques for turning your craft into an entrepreneurial venture, and many more!

Visit The Sewing Party website to watch a video, see the classes and learn how to sign up!

Let’s Party!

** This year’s event is for the US only. We hope to party with the entire world at a future date!

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TUNE IN for a LIVE Class from the SINGER experts!

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Ready to learn how to get the most out of your SINGER sewing machine? SINGER & CreativeLive have partnered to bring you a Fast Start course on some of our most popular SINGER sewing machines, so you can take full advantage of its features and tackle sewing projects the easy way. Click the link next to each class for more details.

 

September 8, 2014 Classes

SINGER SIMPLE 2263 Sewing Machine

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FREE LIVE class on September 8, 2014 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Pacific time.

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SINGER SEW MATE 5400 Sewing Machine

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FREE LIVE class on September 8, 2014 from 12:45 pm – 4:00 pm Pacific time.

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September 9, 2014 Classes

SINGER HEAVY DUTY 4423 Sewing Machine

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FREE LIVE class on September 9, 2014 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Pacific time.

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SINGER STYLIST 7258 Sewing Machine

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FREE LIVE class on September 9, 2014 from 12:45 pm – 4:00 pm Pacific time.

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September 10, 2014 Classes

SINGER ONE Sewing Machine

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FREE LIVE class on September 10, 2014 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Pacific time.

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SINGER QUANTUM STYLIST 9960 Sewing Machine

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FREE LIVE class on September 10, 2014 from 12:45 pm – 4:00 pm Pacific time.

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