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 June 23, 2015, 7:37 pm
SINGER® is proud to partner with Jennifer Wiese, founder of Workroom Social and be the official sewing machine brand of Camp Workroom Social. This 4-day sleep-away camp in October, will give campers the opportunity to use the SINGER® Quantum Stylist™ Touch 9985 sewing machine. Campers will find the machine simple to use, and as a result, will get to focus all of their energy on learning and practicing new skills, instead of fiddling with a tricky sewing machine. We think campers will be impressed with the performance of this sewing machine, and the beautiful garments it can help them produce.
Read more about the camp or register at Camp Workroom Social
You can read much more about Jennifer at Workroom Social or on all of our Social Media channels. During the week of June 22 – 28, 2015, Jennifer will also be taking over our Instagram feed, so be sure to follow us for exciting things to come!
Posted June 9, 2015, 6:00 am
June is traditionally thought of as kick-off to the bridal season, so we thought we’d inspire you by showing a wedding dress that we embellished with machine embroidery! Whether you are making a wedding dress, any other special occasion dress, or if you just want to embellish one that has already made, machine embroidery allows you to create something that is truly one-of-a-kind!
Our dress is a ball gown silhouette, made with ivory silk satin. When you take a closer look at the embroidery that goes all the way around the dress, you’ll notice that there are larger embroidered areas that alternate with smaller ones. We used a technique called Multiple Hoop Embroidery to create the design layouts, which is a feature that can be found on many SINGER sewing & embroidery machines. This feature allows you to take a design that is the size of a single hooping, and create a larger design layout in the software. This large layout is then transferred to the machine for embroidery, but stitched “one hoop at a time”.
Take a closer look and you’ll see the four “repeats” of a single design.
A smaller, coordinating design was used to embroider the smaller sections between the larger embroidery layouts:
The thread color we chose for the embroidery was similar to the fabric color, creating a tone-on-tone effect. We used rayon thread on the top of the machine, for a beautiful sheen. Bobbinfil thread was used in the bobbin. Bobbinfil thread is finer (thinner) than all-purpose thread, so when you put it in the bobbin, you can get more thread on the bobbin each time you wind – so you wind less frequently. It also helps make the embroidery less dense on the backside of the fabric. We used SINGER Chromium needles, Style 2000, in a size 11 for doing the machine embroidery. Stabilizer is also important. A fusible tear-away, plus an additional layer of non-fusible tear-away stabilizer was used. When the embroidery was finished, we gently removed the excess stabilizer to prevent distorting the design.
Finally, we used heat-set Swarovski crystals (2000 of them!) to finish it off. We mixed 2 different colors of crystals – clear and pearl.
We hope that we’ve inspired you to add machine embroidery to one of your next projects! Please share with us what you’ve made – we’d love to see it!
Posted April 9, 2015, 5:44 pm
Lillian had a goal of sewing 1,000 dresses for girls in Africa by her 100th birthday on May 6th. She achieved that goal 2 months ahead of schedule finishing her 1,000th dress last week!
We would like to send Lilian 1,000 birthday cards to show our appreciation! Would you help us? Lillian appreciates receiving good ole fashioned cards in the mail.
Please send birthday cards to arrive no later than April 30, 2015 to:
SINGER Sewing Company
Lillian’s 100th Birthday
1224 Heil Quaker Blvd
La Vergne, TN 37086.
Let’s make this a special birthday for a special lady!
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!