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Thread: Decorative built-in stitches....got a fav??

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    Super Member Sandygirl's Avatar
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    Decorative built-in stitches....got a fav??

    Just curious...fhere are a ton of decorative stitches on my sewing machines that i have never used . I was going to use a double needle for straight stitching and I accidentally pushed the "triple" stitch" one. According to the picture, it looked like it would be used with a triple needle....which i did not know existed....but it worked fine when used with the double needle. It would stitch back and forth over each stitch as i sewed. I was using it to reinforce the stitched dividers used for making inside pockets for purses. I was impressed!

    So, what decorative stitches do you use and where....why?


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    I used a whole bunch of my fancy stitches to do a couple of crazy quilt blocks. I use the buttonhole stitch for my fused applique. I have a zig zag pattern that I use for SITD sometimes. It looks like a little snake pattern going across the seam line. I use the same stitch pattern but close together for darning socks. I have 2 stitches that sew a perfect 1/4 inch cicle which I think are for string eyelets. I don't use them for that but have used then to put eyes on birds, snowmen etc. I use the blind hem stitch for hemming pants. I fiddled with the scallop stitched circle but I couldn't get it to work out perfectly.
    Last edited by Tartan; 10-29-2012 at 06:16 PM. Reason: I corrected the blind hen....lol

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    Super Member Dolphyngyrl's Avatar
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    have used them on purses
    Brother (XL-3500i, CV3550, SQ-9050, Dreamweaver XE6200D), Juki MO-2000QVP, Handiquilter Avante

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    Super Member katier825's Avatar
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    I use the serpentine "S" looking stitch all the time. It's a good alternative for stitching in the ditch, especially if you have difficulty staying in the ditch. I also use it around the entire quilt when I am done quilting, prior to cutting off the extra fabric. It holds the edge of the fabric down perfectly so that it doesn't flip back when I'm putting the binding on. I find it much easier to bind when I do this.

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    Super Member quilts4charity's Avatar
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    I don't use them too much anymore but when I sewed for my girls, I used them a lot. I like the multi stitch zig-zag for butting batting together to make bigger pieces, but for quilting it's mostly plain old straight stitch. Katier, may have to try your idea....

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    Super Member Buckeye Rose's Avatar
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    I use the deco stitches all the time on quilts....sometimes the quilt is for a young child and will get lots of use/abuse so I use a deco stitch to finish the binding....gives it lots of strength and a bit of whimsy....I also have used the serpentine stitch across seams instead of SITD....using a blending thread, it doesn't show and is so much easier on my eyes!

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    I use alot of my decorative stitches. Right now I am making scrappy Christmas stockings, I use different stitches and different decorative threads on each one. Lots of fun in the sewing room!!
    Pat M.

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    Super Member Lori S's Avatar
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    I am a huge fan of the serpintine stitch ... its my "when in doubt" for quilting... especially when I want the quilting to go quickly.
    I do use the zig zag stitch and the "knit" stitch , but not in my piecing or quilting.
    Truth be known .. I change feet way more than my stitch.

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    Senior Member HouseDragon's Avatar
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    I have several cool decorative stitches on my Husqvarna 875 Q that I love to use on Christmas items. One looks like pine needles, one is a vine with leaves, one is a vine with berries, and my favorite looks like a curly wrought iron pattern (to me, anyway).

    The serpentine stitch is very useful but it's been around since the mid-60s.

    If life gives you lemons, make Limoncello!

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    This post is a real eye-opener. You all are so creative - I never thought of some of this before.

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    Super Member EasyPeezy's Avatar
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    I've started to use the decorative stitches more. I used the little star design on a
    Christmas wall-hanging. I've used the serpentine stitch a time or two.
    The "stem" stitch for quilt as you go (#65 on the Janome 6600) - a good way to
    ensure everything is holding together because it alternates between left and right.
    The asterisk is good for holding the border when I had no idea how to quilt it.
    It's like tacking without the tails. Have fun!

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    Super Member grma33's Avatar
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    posted under pictures but wanted to say i used one to make a great vine
    saw a quilt at our guild quilted with lots of different decorative stitches looked good
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    Senior Member ShabbyTabby's Avatar
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    I have a Viking Lily 550 (about 15 yrs old) and I use a great many of the decorative stitches in quilting. Especially if your Quilt as you go seams. Also the old serpentine is a favorite for borders and STD.
    Families are like old quilts....although they tend to unravel at times...each can be stitched back together with love.

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    Super Member piepatch's Avatar
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    I rarely use the decorative stitches for some reason. Thanks for the reminder. I like he looks of the different stitches, but forget to use them.

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