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Thread: DIY fringe! Or fringe benefits!

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    I am working on a quilt called BOM Basket of Flowers by Marian Shenk. Some of the flowers have fabric fringe. I have never had success with making fringe out of fabric and I know there are embroidery designs with fringe, but I don't have an embroidery machine. I thought why not make my own. The embroidery machine and only zigzag so wide and my machine can do that! So I thought I would put up a tutorial and this is my first time so---be nice to me!! LOL I know you will!

    First draw a circle where you what the fringe to be
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    Set your machine to the widest zigzag and close together--satin stitch. The needle should hit the circle on the inside.
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    Sorry for the blur. But it should look something like this.
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    Continuing.

    This one is better. I went around twice. Now sew the inside of the ZZ with a smaller ZZ stitch to hold it inplace. You will remove the bobbin stitching but it has to be secured. Go around twice, at least with your small ZZ stitch.
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    Sew on the center of the flower
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    Now the center of the flower is secure
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    Some more pictures:

    Now carefully cut the bobbin thread with you seam ripper
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    Loosen the fringe with some blunt like tweezers
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    Flowers with fringe! I hope this will be a help. God bless Emmy
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    Good Tut....lots of possiblities.

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    That is so cool. Thanks for the tute. Great job.

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    Thanks for sharing, I will using this tute soon.

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    Looks like good fun and will be something interesting to add to quilts. Thankyou.

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    Very Cool!!!! Good Job!!!

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    So very cool thanks for sharing.

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    What a great idea. I love making wall hangings and making the flowers this way will add that extra dimension. Thank you for a great new tip...and your instructions are easy to follow. Photos give me the picture I need. You're wonderful

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    WOW! Thanks for sharing your ideas especially the photos!!

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    How cute, thanks for the tute.

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    Thanks - interesting - When I finish all my other "have to's" I will DEFINITELY try that!!

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    That's a good thing to have stored in my "this is possible and fairly easy to do" file for the future. Thank you so much. Next time I do flowers I'm going to have to try it.

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    Great tute. But won't the fringe come out if you cut the bobbin thread? Just seems like it would.

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    How Creative!!!! And pretty!
    Necessity is the mother of invention.

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    Wow thank you, great tut. Keep them coming :thumbup:

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    Great Tute! Thanks for sharing.

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    That is why you have to secure the inside edge with a smaller zz stitch or another tight stitch to hold it. I would suggest that you go around the inside edge at least twice. Then on top of that with placing the center of the flower in will add another security.

    And also you can use this technique for making straight fringe too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matilda
    That is why you have to secure the inside edge with a smaller zz stitch or another tight stitch to hold it. I would suggest that you go around the inside edge at least twice. Then on top of that with placing the center of the flower in will add another security.

    And also you can use this technique for making straight fringe too.
    Thanks. So, in other words, you only cut the bobbin threads of the large zigzag stitches. Have I got that right?

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    Thanks for the great tut. I will use this idea for some of the wall hangings I make for my church. I don't have an embroidery machine either and cannot afford one. It sure would be helpful for what I do for the church though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alica1367
    Quote Originally Posted by Matilda
    That is why you have to secure the inside edge with a smaller zz stitch or another tight stitch to hold it. I would suggest that you go around the inside edge at least twice. Then on top of that with placing the center of the flower in will add another security.

    And also you can use this technique for making straight fringe too.
    Thanks. So, in other words, you only cut the bobbin threads of the large zigzag stitches. Have I got that right?
    Yes that is right. The small ones in the center are to hold the fringe in place.

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    Great tut, and you explained and displayed great pictures too........just a thought however. Have you considered using water soluable thread in the bobbin at the zig zag area/stitches. You wouldn't have to use a seam ripper..........just dab with water like with a Q-tip...........but.......I say BUT remember to change your bobbin again for the flower center. Ask me how I know this..........because I forgot to and lost all of my stitching. Sheesh..............calla/Sue

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    Quote Originally Posted by calla
    Great tut, and you explained and displayed great pictures too........just a thought however. Have you considered using water soluable thread in the bobbin at the zig zag area/stitches. You wouldn't have to use a seam ripper..........just dab with water like with a Q-tip...........but.......I say BUT remember to change your bobbin again for the flower center. Ask me how I know this..........because I forgot to and lost all of my stitching. Sheesh..............calla/Sue
    Hi Sue, Sure, I don't know why that wouldn't work. You just have to secure the inside of the stitches with regular thread in the bobbin as well as for the center of the flower.

    How frustrating. I am sure you never forgot that lesson! Thanks Sue for the idea. God bless Emmy

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    Thank you. I can see this being real helpful in the future

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