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Curious- what do you use fancy stitches for?

Old 02-01-2019, 05:32 AM
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Default Curious- what do you use fancy stitches for?

Hi friends,
In another post a new member asked about what type of machine to buy and it got me thinking about my Bernina that has a lot of fancy stitches. But I rarely use them. I love my machine and it came with them but I didn't see it as a must-have.
What do you use yours for? I'm curious about this.
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Old 02-01-2019, 05:37 AM
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I love my serpentine stitch for quilting my donation quilts
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Old 02-01-2019, 05:46 AM
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Hemming pillowcases, along the edge of muslin kitchen towels where threads are pulled to form fringe, to attach ruffle or trim on curtains, on top of fly-front plackets (shirts or jackets) for hidden buttons, on plain quilt squares.

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Old 02-01-2019, 06:04 AM
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I have used what I call the Chicken foot stitch for added security and connection between quilt as you go blocks. And I have used the zig zag stitch but that's it.
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Old 02-01-2019, 06:13 AM
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I have used the blanket stitch a couple of times for machine applique. I used one shaped like leaves on the sashing of a small lap quilt, but mostly they do go unused. Straight stitch and satin stitch are just about the only ones I use on a regular basis.
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Old 02-01-2019, 06:31 AM
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Buttonhole stitch for appliqué, serpentine stitch for quilting, buttonholes, zig zag for connecting batting pieces and satin stitch, I occasionally use some of my fancy stitches on garment sewing.
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Old 02-01-2019, 06:53 AM
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I'm starting to investigate my fancy stitches to add to my bindings. You can also add them to clothing too if you sew apparel stuff.
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Old 02-01-2019, 07:00 AM
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I don't use them at all. Wish my old Bernina had a blanket stitch for applique, but it doesn't. I used to use the blind hem stitch when hemming pants, but I haven't hemmed any dress pants in a long while.

My 90yo quilting friend uses her decorative sts for topstitching her bindings down on the front.
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Old 02-01-2019, 07:08 AM
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Applique, bindings, and to add accents for that extra touch.
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Old 02-01-2019, 07:11 AM
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I do use my decorative stitches, but find I return to the same few. I don't nearly use all of them. I used it on a narrow strip of inner border on a quilt for DD years ago. When I saw it again years later, I was very impressed with myself. LOL I've used a decorative stitch on hanging tabs and on the binding here …
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