If you’ve dipped your toe into machine embroidery at all, you’ve found a wonderful selection of threads on the market. From metallic to rayon’s to variegated, the list goes on and on.
The more you explore your deco stitches, the more your excitement will grow, believe me. They add so much to any garment or project that it’s worth exploring your options. Have fun and play around with your decorative stitches. As you can see, there are many thread manufacturers to choose from. I don’t endorse any particular brand of thread and my machines are not picky about the threads I choose to use. Many sewing machine manufacturers will recommend specific thread brands to use in their machines, so be aware this may apply to your machine. Even if you don’t have a machine with lots of different stitches, just by using unique threads, changing your stitch width or length or using a twin needle can give you lots of options.
TIP #1: Choose your test fabric wisely. By this I mean, use a nice woven fabrication to experiment with. Don’t choose something right out of the gate that could be troublesome like chiffon or a knit. I LOVE to embroider on Denim. It always looks great and it a stable fabric that’s perfect for practicing.
Tip #2: Always make sure to interface all areas that you plan to do decorative stitching on. Just as in machine embroidery, it’s important to stabilize your fabrics so your stitches will look even and not puckered.
TIP #3: If your stitches don’t cover well, thread your machine with 2 spools of thread. Many decorative stitches don’t look as close together as we may like them, when using finer 40wt or 50wt threads. If you thread your machine with 2 spools of thread, it will look heavier and you will cover more of the surface of your fabric. I used this technique when I created the fringe for my Picture Tutorial: Creative Fringe, but I used my Singer L-500 for this demo. Give it a try!!
I hope by watching this video that it will get you excited about trying out the decorative stitches on your machine. You can achieve an infinite amount of stitch patterns by modifying the stitches in width and length, using the built in edit options, stacking or mirroring and combining different stitch patterns together. Be fearless and try some decorative threads too and have a good time with it!!
Thanks again for all the messages and emails of support!! I appreciate it and LOVE to hear from YOU!! Have a Happy Creative Day!!
UPDATE: I added a Picture Tutorial: Decorative Stitching Holiday Project to compliment the information in this video.