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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Who Knew???

Sculpture Stitch aka Hand Quilting Stitch
I knew that there were fancy embroidery machines available that have a "hand quilting" stitch on them and I always thought that it would be nice to have that particular stitch, but it wasn't worth it to me to buy a machine with all of those extra stitches just to have that option.  Guess what I found out at a Pfaff Sewing Seminar last month?  You don't need an embroidery machine to sew a hand quilting stitch!  If your machine has a sculpture stitch (and a lot of the basic machines do) you can also do a hand quilting stitch on your machine.  Simply thread the machine with invisible thread, put the color thread of your choice in the bobbin, select the sculpture stitch, increase the needle tension by 2 (or more, you may have to play with it a bit), adjust the stitch length to a length that appeals to you, and with a slow speed start "hand quilting"!  Easy as that!  I wish I had learned this trick 12 years ago when I first started quilting!

8 comments:

Terry said...

That's so cool! :0)

Prima Donna said...

Wow! I have saved your whole blog post for future reference. Can't wait to try this. Thanks for the info.

Jean(ie) said...

I need to check my machine stitches to see if my Janome has that.

Jean(ie) said...

I need to check my machine stitches to see if my Janome has that.

Cheryl said...

Who Knew is right ! I need to try this too.
I guess we can learn lots from these special classes, just need to go !

Barb said...

wow...great info

Catherine said...

Great tip! Not sure whether my machine has that particular stitch though. What does it look like on your machine?

Jean said...

Interesting! I don't have this stitch on my machine, but glad that you can do this! Much faster than handquilting, for sure!

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