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Thread: machine quilting with decorative stitches

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    My machine, like most of the modern ones, has a bunch of "fancy" stitches. Usually I'd use them to decorate garments or home decor stuff, but do any of you use them to quilt with? The embroidery looking ones (yeah, we'll pretend that's a word) would be great on a crazy quilt, but I haven't tried them.

    I know, I can experiment, and will, but thought I'd see how your experiments turned out ;)

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    The only decorative stitch that I've used on quilts is the feather stitch that I used on a binding of a "Downey Quilt for Kids". It turned out great. They suggested just a zig-zag stitch on the binding and I thought it looked better than that.

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    I've used the fancy stitches on a crazy quilt. I quilted over the seams...not in the ditch. I also used different stitches each with a different color thread to make it fun. This also gave me a chance to see how each stitch looked. You can't free motion with those stitches..or at least I don't think you can. Remember...no rules just play!

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    I'm getting a new machine that has a bunch of heirloom stitches on it also. The 1st thing I thought about was a crazy quilt! I thought about embellishing the top with these stitches, but I've never stopped to consider whether or not you could actually quilt with them. I've not actually read up that much on doing a crazy so I'm not sure what the practice was for this. I'm trying to visualize what the back of the quilt would look like. That's a great question!!

    Hope someone knows!

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    My machine has all kinds of decorative stitches, but I can only quilt with the ones that use a certain foot that has the even-feed feature. I have used the feather stitch and a couple of others.

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    I've used a leaf stitch to close a binding...it looked very nice :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaxineB
    I've used the fancy stitches on a crazy quilt. I quilted over the seams...not in the ditch. I also used different stitches each with a different color thread to make it fun. This also gave me a chance to see how each stitch looked. You can't free motion with those stitches..or at least I don't think you can. Remember...no rules just play!
    When you did this, did you do it just on the top or threw all the layers? Also, did you use your walking foot with these decorative stitches, if you did it threw all the layers?

    Thanks, I guess I'm formatting another quilt yet in my mind? :lol:

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    I use the serpentine stitch and let it meander over the seam lines. I have also used other stitches for the quilting. I like to widen and elongate the stitches, if they are too small they want to sink in and the design can start to disappear. Really intricate stitches don't work as well as more open ones. I use my regular foot when sewing these, as some walking feet cannot be used in reverse, and some of these stitches sew forward and backward. I just go slow and easy and have not had any problem with using a regular foot.

    Make up a small quilt sandwich and practice with different stitches, varying their widths and lengths. Use a permanent pen to mark the settings next to them for future reference :D:D:D

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    I usually put a decorative stitch on the binding. On the memory tee shirt quilt, I did a heart decorative stitch on the seams. I don't have a embroidery machine though.

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    Using your decorative stitches for quilting is the basis for the "Crazy Shortcuts" quilt as you go method. The author has a tutorial on you tube.

    I took a class on that this last week. It was fun and easy to do. If you can get the book (library?)you don't really need the class.

    I use some of the fancy stitches for my binding on charity quilts for kids. Faster and stronger than hand stitching I think.

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    Great question Mbunny. Glad you asked it. Now my mind is whirling with possibilities.

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    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.
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    I think this is very attractive, these kind of stitches would be great worked into a childs quilt somehow, so nice and colourful!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewcrafty
    Quote Originally Posted by MaxineB
    I've used the fancy stitches on a crazy quilt. I quilted over the seams...not in the ditch. I also used different stitches each with a different color thread to make it fun. This also gave me a chance to see how each stitch looked. You can't free motion with those stitches..or at least I don't think you can. Remember...no rules just play!
    When you did this, did you do it just on the top or threw all the layers? Also, did you use your walking foot with these decorative stitches, if you did it threw all the layers? Thanks, I guess I'm formatting another quilt yet in my mind? :lol:


    I used a regular foot-didn't have a walking foot at the time. I made the quilt sandwich and quilted threw all 3 layers. The batting was low loft, but I don't remember the brand. Before I did this, I made a small quilt sandwich with the top a small crazy quilt square. I played with that & then went to the real quilt! The backing was a multi colored print so the back stitches didn't show. The whole quilt was from scraps. I'll see if I can find a picture to post.

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    kasmitty-
    Love your sample. What kind of thread is that?
    Thanks in advance!

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    I have a christmas crazy quilt that I planning on quilting with my decorative stitches. It's on the top of quilts to finish!

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    I have sewn down binding using a fancy stitch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lots2do
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    Love your sample. What kind of thread is that?
    Thanks in advance!
    Superior Thread "Rainbows", "Midas Touch" Thanks!

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    Oh, that's adorable! Nice job!!

    I wouldn't consider blanket stitch a fancy stitch, but did use it to quilt and outline the package/bow at the same time. Used bright colored variegated thread and walking foot.

    The Happy Birthday card is not quilted down, only tacked in place so it has a little dimension to it.
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    I have used them on many quilts. The key is to not use those that are too dense.

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    Kasmitty your stitching looks fabulous! Don't you just love Superior thread? Thanks to you, now I will go raid DH's LA thread. LOL

    I do have a stupid question: When using decorative stitching on your machines, how do you lock the stitches in at the end? I have a Bernina but have never used any of these decorative stitches. If I can learn how to lock in the stitches, that will sure change thanks to this topic!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gramof6
    Kasmitty your stitching looks fabulous! Don't you just love Superior thread? Thanks to you, now I will go raid DH's LA thread. LOL

    I do have a stupid question: When using decorative stitching on your machines, how do you lock the stitches in at the end? I have a Bernina but have never used any of these decorative stitches. If I can learn how to lock in the stitches, that will sure change thanks to this topic!
    Not a stupid question. I'd like to know that, too. I back-stitched once, then trimmed close. I know there's a better way. But I was just playing around. I'd love to know the right way.

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    Kasmitty- thanks!

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    Thanks Kasmitty. Maybe someone will jump in here with an answer. Until then I will do as you did.

    KR I love the Birthday Card. Very nice!

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    I've done exactly this for a number of my quilts - rather than use 'stitch in the ditch' or free motion quilting, use the decorative stitches.

    I use the walking foot so the layers feed evenly. My Janome has a locking stitch (or you can take a couple of stitches with zero stitch length).

    The photo here shows a bit of the stitching on a wall quilt (a monochrome quilt for guild challenge)

    Cheers,
    Linda

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