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    Good Morning to everyone. I know that I will get an answer pretty quick here and that is why I am asking here and besides, I have to leave for my weekly sewing "get together" in less then 2 hours and want to work on this while I am there today.
    I am doing a Beach Ball Quilt. The beach ball is is ironed onto fabric using that wonder under stuff. I don't want to leave it as it is, I want to try to use the sewing machine and go around each section of the ball.
    Should I use a zig zag stitch? Or a regular stitch. And what color thread should I use.
    I do not have a blanket stitch on my sewing machine and when I get a new one, that will be one of the requirements besides a drop in bobbin and automatic threader so that is not an option. I don't have the patience to do it by hand...oh not even...I salute anyone that has that kind of patience.

    On the picture, that little round circle that goes in the middle is not put on yet. Doing that today. :)
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    I would use a zigzag stitch matching the color of each section.

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    There is nothing wrong with what you are wanting to do. I would stitch in the ditch the from inside to outside each colored panel, then use a varigated thread and zig-zag around the ball. Cute pattern and idea.

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    a straight stitch will work.. or a zig zag.. maybe match the color of the fabric.. or invisable.. possibly white or black.. no quilt police here it will look wonderful what ever you choose

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    If a zig zag is all that's available, then that's what I would use. I would pick a medium gery thread or maybe a good time to use some varigated?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bjeriann
    I would use a zigzag stitch matching the color of each section.
    If I do matching each section, do I need to use the same color thread in the bobbin? I have 13 of these to do. And I have never sewn like that. But I am more then excited to try it AT LEAST once!!

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    I agree with the zig zag stitch, but I think I would use a loud fun color. Maybe a bright orange all over the ball. Be then again, I like bright loud colors. I think they are cheerful.

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    I vote variegated thread- have fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Airwick156
    Quote Originally Posted by bjeriann
    I would use a zigzag stitch matching the color of each section.
    If I do matching each section, do I need to use the same color thread in the bobbin? I have 13 of these to do. And I have never sewn like that. But I am more then excited to try it AT LEAST once!!
    Test on a scrap over a scrap background. Sometimes the bobbin shows on the top, but if you adjust your tension, you should be able to get a nice look. It might help to have some stabilizer on the back while you are stitching. Plan paper works for this.

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    I would use zig zag stitch with invisible thread

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    It all depends if you want the stitching to pop or blend in ? If you want it to pop go with a contrasting color- blend in match the thread to the fabric. Bobbin thread should not matter as it will be underneath and no one will see it :wink:

    What a fun block - how creative :thumbup:

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    Zig-zaq would look good.

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    Depends on the look you want. I would use SID and gray thread if you don't want to see stitches or as suggested above, use one bright color thread and zigzag. Either way, you are going to have a fun quilt. Enjoy.

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    I would do a close to the edge straight stitch in red. I think that would be called raw edge applique.

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    i think zig zag and would be fun to match the thread color

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    I must be the oddball because I vote for a black satin stitch (tight zig zag) on the overlap of each piece and a looser zig zag just catching the round outside in white or off-white to match the background fabric. I think that will make the ball look more 3 dimensional.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa_wanna_b_quilter
    I agree with the zig zag stitch, but I think I would use a loud fun color. Maybe a bright orange all over the ball. Be then again, I like bright loud colors. I think they are cheerful.
    I agree!

    Also, If I were making 13 of these, I would pick one color and use it for both top and bobbin. Or, a different color could be used on each beach ball.

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    I'd probably stitch the seams in black. Just my opinion here but I like black when I want to emphasize a design element.

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    My sewing machine doesn't seem to like invisible thread, but if yours does, that would be easiest. I like the idea of variegated myself!

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    If your machine has a zig zag, it probably has the blind stitch too, check it out. Very similar to the blanket stitch but has the same results. Just try it first on something else so you have the stitches all going in the same direction. If you use matching thread in each section, the stitching will barely be visable. Try different lengths and widths; alot depends on the size of each section of color and where you place the stitching.
    I like the idea for the ball.

    Carol J.

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    I agree. Stitching in the ditch will add dimension to the ball and not detract from the design like a top of the seam would. Great idea.

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    I think I would use varigated thread in primary colors for all of it.

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    I know this is too late but I would use black to really make the colors stand out. I was thinking zig zag in the same color but you would have to use 2 rows for each seam of zigzag to do that. And I like black with all of those bright colors. Maybe look a bit like stained glass I am hoping for.
    JeanneZ

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    If your machine has decorative stitches this would be a fun place to try them out. Like the verigated thread but if you use monofiliment be sure to loosen your top tension.

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    I would use a bright rainbow varigated thread and use a tight zig-zag stich. You can use either a off white or a light grey for the bobbin. I would also recommend a top stich needle to do the satin stich with.

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