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    Thank You Linda. I love your wall hanging. The stitching looks so nice!

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    I'll second that Linda. Your wall quilt is gorgeous. I love the fabrics you chose and the stitching really serves two purposes: it quilts it, and beautifully embellishes it as well. :-)

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    Thanks JanetM & Gramof6 :)

    Something that I did from a recommendation of our local sewing machine vendor - a 'stitch map' - make up a little quilt sandwich and do a sample line of every stitch that your machine will do.

    It's amazing how different the stitches look with the thread vs the little icon on the book ... I have it close by so I know exactly which stitch I want. Sounds a bit silly, but it really works well for me :)

    Changing the stitch lengths/widths and even thread types (or needles!) can also make a huge difference in the look of your stitches.

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    That is stunning!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LindaM
    Thanks JanetM & Gramof6 :)

    Something that I did from a recommendation of our local sewing machine vendor - a 'stitch map' - make up a little quilt sandwich and do a sample line of every stitch that your machine will do.

    It's amazing how different the stitches look with the thread vs the little icon on the book ... I have it close by so I know exactly which stitch I want. Sounds a bit silly, but it really works well for me :)


    This is a great idea. Not all decorative stitches will look good on a project. I think we forget the purpose of quilting. It is to permanently hold the three pieces together. How this is done is limited only by our imagination.
    Changing the stitch lengths/widths and even thread types (or needles!) can also make a huge difference in the look of your stitches.

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    I MADE MY DAUGHTER A JUNGLE PRINT CRAZY QUILT AS YOU GO QUILT AND USED THE FANCY STITCHES ON MY MACHINE. I USED METALLIC THREAD AND IT TURNED OUT WONDERFUL. EACH BLOCK HAD ABOUT 7 DIFFERENT STITCHES. IT WAS A GREAT WAY TO LEARN THE STITCHES AND WHAT THEY LOOKED LIKE WHEN YOU INCREASED THE WIDTH AND LENGTH.

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    I agree with all that's been said. My machine dealer likes to remind us frequently that 'you paid for all those stitches, its a good idea to try them and use them.'

    I do use them for quilting through all layers. Recently through the top and batting on part of the wall hanging with the more closed and complex stitches and then more simple ones through all layers for the rest to complete the quilting part.

    I also have sample strips of the decorative stitches - it really inspires you to use them more often and they are so much more appealing than the line drawing you see on the stitch guide.

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    Newbie here, but I'm going to add my amateur experience. I have used the decorative stitches for crazy patch baby quilts made of flannel using foundation piecing. Stitched over the seams with varigated thread. The blocks were then joinded, batting, backing, etc. I used the regular foot and anchored the stitches at beginning and end at 0 setting.

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    Last year when I got my Janome6600 I was playing around with some little quilts, and I used the decorative stitches on several quilts, and was very pleased with the results, even though they were not "quilt show quality". (I was improvising, and didn't always turn corners well, or have everything even, but the end results are fine if you blur your eyes :-) I'll attach some photos to show the results. I don't have a closeup of the last one, but I used the forget me not stitch around the Irish Chain, and it ends up looking like lace from a distance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoyjoyMarie
    Last year when I got my Janome6600 I was playing around with some little quilts, and I used the decorative stitches on several quilts, and was very pleased with the results, even though they were not "quilt show quality". (I was improvising, and didn't always turn corners well, or have everything even, but the end results are fine if you blur your eyes :-) I'll attach some photos to show the results. I don't have a closeup of the last one, but I used the forget me not stitch around the Irish Chain, and it ends up looking like lace from a distance.
    Your quilts are beautiful! Big sigh.... so many stitches, so little time. I'm need to start thinking outside the box a little with my 6600.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kasmitty1
    It's so funny you asked that. I just did a little playing around with some of my "fancy stitches". I also LOVE multi-colored thread, though it is pricey. But when you use it on contrasting colors, and use the decorative stitch, I think it looks cool.
    Love it, I will have to try that.

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    has anyone ever quilted using a double needle. on the baby quilt that i'm making right now, i sewed 2 wavy lines down a sashing. unfortunately, they were not as nice as i would like. doesn't the twin needle make a zizzag on the back? (if i had tried a sample, i could answer my own question, but i was wondering if anyone had ever used this technique?

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    I have used a little round star-looking stitch for tieing my quilts.

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    All my quilts are made with embroidery, not just the fancy stitches, but different themes. I have never made a quilt with just fabric to make the design. I also made a jacket (with a sweatshirt as the base) that was crazy quilt, no theme, just fancy stitches meandering all over. If the batteries in my camera are OK, I'll try and send pictures. All others have been given as gifts
    Dotty in NH formally from Largo Fl.

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    I'm trying to visualize what the back of the quilt would look like. That's a great question!!
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    I love Crazy Quilting, but did find out early that I had to match the
    color of the bobbin with the quilt backing. With the top colors, I usually
    stitch in one place at beginning and end of the line, then lift the needle and
    go to the next line where I wanted that color. When I was finished with that
    color, I can change the top color, clip off the unwanted strings, then start
    again. With each color change I can change the stitch width and shape, it
    almost looks like I had done it by hand over a long time!

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    I have use my embroidery designs in my quilts & regular fancy stitches too I hope you get the picture of the quilt I sent.
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    Wow! That's beautiful! Do you hoop all three layers? Or do you use a sticky stabilizer?

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    I have an old Bernina which has about 20 basic stitches. I just finished a split rail for my son and his fiancé for their wedding present. It has at least 20 really bright colors in the rails. I used the decorative stitch to SID each block. It turned out much like the crazy quilts and was the very best way I could have quilted it! I used a variegated thread on the top and a solid on the bottom.

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    Making a stitch map isn't silly at all. I keep saying that I am going to do this. My machine has many decorative stitches, and you are right about the icon not really giving you an accurate picture. They always look better stitched out. :-P :-P

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewmom
    has anyone ever quilted using a double needle. on the baby quilt that i'm making right now, i sewed 2 wavy lines down a sashing. unfortunately, they were not as nice as i would like. doesn't the twin needle make a zizzag on the back? (if i had tried a sample, i could answer my own question, but i was wondering if anyone had ever used this technique?
    Yes, the double needle makes a zigzag on the back. I wouldn't use it for a quilting stitch. It could be used on a quilt top + batting as a decorative stitch, followed by layering the backing on and using a single needle for the actual quilting stitch. Someone else described this a few posts ago.

    You have to be careful when using a double needle that your fabric doesn't tunnel. Usually you need to either heavily starch the background fabric or use a stabilizer underneath to prevent tunneling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sewing Grandma
    I MADE MY DAUGHTER A JUNGLE PRINT CRAZY QUILT AS YOU GO QUILT AND USED THE FANCY STITCHES ON MY MACHINE. I USED METALLIC THREAD AND IT TURNED OUT WONDERFUL. EACH BLOCK HAD ABOUT 7 DIFFERENT STITCHES. IT WAS A GREAT WAY TO LEARN THE STITCHES AND WHAT THEY LOOKED LIKE WHEN YOU INCREASED THE WIDTH AND LENGTH.
    That sounds so cool!! Do you have any photos to show us?

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    That's kind of what I figured. Oh well. I'm trying to use different things instead of just meandering. Maybe one of the Lqs will have a class on FMQ. Thanx for the info. Have a great day!

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    WOW!!! That looks great!! I'm new at this, and was wondering, is it not a lot of start and stopping??? And what are you doing with the thread tails??

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    Quote Originally Posted by kasmitty1
    It's so funny you asked that. I just did a little playing around with some of my "fancy stitches". I also LOVE multi-colored thread, though it is pricey. But when you use it on contrasting colors, and use the decorative stitch, I think it looks cool.
    Love those colors and the stitching looks good too.

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    I used the stipple stitch on a quilt for a grandson and went through all the layers, it turned out nice.

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