Posted July 14, 2015, 8:00 am
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!
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.
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.
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!
Share with us what you have done with decorative machine stitching!
Posted December 19, 2014, 4:10 pm
It’s hard to believe we are nearing the end of another year…the holidays are just around the corner! We hope that you have enjoyed the lessons that we have provided in Embroidery Made Easy this year, and learned fun new ways to enjoy your SINGER® FUTURA™ sewing and embroidery machine.
Though this is a busy time of year, we encourage you to take a little time for yourself and enjoy the lesson this month, which once again provides more insight to using the Editing software. This month’s project is great fun and can also provide a last minute gift! Using a combination of topics learned over this past year, you will create a beautiful heirloom ornament that originates in the software, from start to finish. This ornament will be one to cherish for years to come. Finally, you’ll learn where to find quick and easy keyboard commands that will aid you in using the software for the SINGER® FUTURA™ sewing & embroidery machine.
Once again, Happy Holidays!
Posted November 19, 2014, 6:06 am
Thanksgiving is the time of year when we reflect on life’s many blessings. We would like to wish you and your family all the best in this holiday season!
This is also the season for giving, and who doesn’t love a hand made gift? The project this month is perfect for gift giving! It’s a warm and cozy scarf embellished with a favorite school or team initials. The recipient of your gift will surely appreciate your thoughtfulness, and you’ll appreciate how quick this project is to create. Made from fleece, the scarf features two-colored lettering, which is the focus of this month’s issue of Embroidery Made Easy. You’ll learn basic editing techniques, including how to change the colors of the letters and how to edit and change the texture of the fill within the letter.
Finally you’ll discover different ways to arrange multiple canvases on your screen in the Inside your Software article. Grab a cup of hot apple cider and let’s get started!
Posted October 24, 2014, 5:45 pm
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.
Posted September 16, 2014, 3:56 pm
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.