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Thread: Decorative stitches on quilts??

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    It is your quilt, so putting your designs in it only shows more of YOU in the quilt. Go for it. Every quilt is made one stitch at a time. Enjoy your creativity and listen only to your quilter's heart.

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    I say go for it!
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    Anyone ever considered couching something to your quilt, like ribbon or yarn? Might be fun to try.....would only worry about washing. Might try on a wall quilt.
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    I have quilted several baby quilts with my decorative stitches. The serpentine stitch is one of my favorites to use for machine quilting.

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    It is your quilt and what you want. Do it. Be sure to take a pic for us.

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    I am just finishing a table topper with some narrow borders and just read in a quilt magazine about using decorative stitches from sewing machine so I am going to break the quilt "law" and put decorative stitching in one of my narrow borders!
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    Hopefully, my comment will not be a repeat (I have not read all pages) but I use my serpentine stitch to cross-hatch most charity quilts. It works great, is fast and looks pretty on the back. I have also used it within borders.
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    You won't know how you like it until you try it!
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    Could I see a few photos of the use of serpentine as a quilting stitch? I am having a hard time visualizing how that would work/look on a quilt. Thanks.

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    I use the serpentine stitch a lot. And get compliments too!

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    I have a decorative stitch that looks like a snowflake that I used in a straight line
    around Christmas trees. Turned out great, even if I say so myself! You have to make sure the quilt is well supported, though, or the decorative stitch can become distorted. With my snowflake stitch, it didn't bother me, because snowflakes are all different!

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    Try it with a sandwich block first and see how you like it. Have fun.

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    I used decorative stitches on a quilt made of all strips. The problem I ran into was my quilt dragging and not allowing the pattern to fully work. It still looks ok if you don't look too closely. No way am I trying to rip out embroidery stitched patterns! If you could use your walking foot it would work much better.

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    No, it will look great. Have a friend that uses only the serpentine stitch to do all of her
    quilting with the machine, because it looks good and she doesn't have to worry about
    a straight line. I had a machine, one time that could do the serpentine stitch, wish my
    machine had it now.

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Size:  1.59 MBI can't see it on the black on black. It's down the center of the narrow black sashing. The red will show a lot more. You can hold down control and use the up arrow or the center dial on your mouse to enlarge the pic.

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    We had a program in our quilt guild by a lady that did decorative stitching on all her quilts and they were great and unique. We all thought it was a very good idea and so now alot of us are doing it also. She said go for it and just start in and pick one and do it. She had one quilt with each block a different decor. stitch. Very nice indeed. No arrest there either!

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    Everyone but me seems to know what the surpentine stitch is. HELP !!!
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    I have a Brother EX660 and the instructions say not to use the walking foot an any stitch that has any backward movement.
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    I do it on every quilt I make....with my Janome 6600.

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieLou View Post
    I have a Brother EX660 and the instructions say not to use the walking foot an any stitch that has any backward movement.

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    It is frustrating when there is conflicting information about using the walking foot. My LQS where I purchsed my Babylock Espire said I shouldn't have used the walking foot for the zig-zag stitch (I ended up with very inconsistent density of the zig-zag stitches--a few inches of really dense stitches then a portion where the stitch was nicely spread out and back again)--it should only be used for the straight stitch. That seems a bit limiting.

    Also, when I use decorative stitches, the machine moves around the fabric so much that it is virtually impossible to keep it going in a straight line so I only used zig-zag on my most recent quilt as you go quilt.

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    The Elna doesn't care if I ZZ with the walking foot on. I don't know about the MW. I didn't use it on the black quilt and didn't feel a need for it.

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    I use decorative stitches down the center of each strip in quilts I make with jelly rolls. I think it looks just fine.

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    I use decorative stitches where ever I please on mine. I didn't know there were rules. I thought that was what they were for. Ignorance is bliss!

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    I used to use decorative stitches exclusively instead of an overall quilting design. For 2 reasons: I was terrified of FMQ and my machine had some awesome stitches. I found using different colors of thread added a lot to a design and helped hide my less than perfect sewing abilities. I have now learned to FMQ and I still use some decorative stitches. Love the added texture, color and design. Do what makes you happy!

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    Wow, you just gave me a great idea for some small areas in a wallhanging I'm doing...thanks!!!

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