Decorative stitches, according to Liz Johnson, editor at http://www.Sew4Home.com, “are tiny pieces of thread art.” Although loved and adored by many, they are often forgotten and overlooked, due to the focus that we place on the seams of a project’s construction. Just a few decorative stitches add so much to any project. One may experiment with different colors and types of thread (i.e., polyester, variegated, rayon, metallic, neon), spacing of stitches and stitch widths, which will produce various textural effects. The possibilities of what to embellish with decorative stitches are endless. For example, aprons, matching bed sheets and pillowcases, pillows, purses/bags, bath and tea towels, appliqués, garments, wall hangings, heirloom sewing, basically anything! Whatever the project, decorative stitches will enhance their aesthetic value immensely.
Other creative ways to use these stitches are when quilting. One may utilize decorative stitches when stitching in the ditch or when sewing down bindings, to embellish ribbons or when sewing strips of fabric together (border stitch). Outline stitches are used for outlining your design. Detached stitches fill in open areas of designs and filling stitches can create shading or fill.
Decorative stitches add texture and will take one’s project from the ordinary to extraordinary. One is only limited by the scope of one’s imagination.
As many of you know, I was fortunate enough to attend Bernina University about a week ago. This is Bernina’s annual conference for retail dealers and where new, innovative products are unveiled.
This year, I was extremely impressed with the new Bernina Embroidery Software Designer Plus Version 8. There are a number of enhancements, including a knife cutting feature for splitting designs. This is perfect for monogramming! Furthermore, Bernina has now added a Color Photo Stitch. This element allows you to take a cherished picture of your family member or pet, for example, and convert it to embroidery with 1 or 2 clicks! There are new stitches and new effects as well that are included in the Version 8 software, i.e., “sculptured run,”zig zag outline,” and “3D globe.” Bernina has created a new design management for effortless viewing of your embroidery designs, as well as easy installation of the software via USB.
The excitement continues with the introduction of Bernina’s Special Edition, Limited Edition B765. This is a revolutionary machine because it is totally customizable. It is extremely versatile for various functions including fashion, quilting or embroidery. It is equipped with a stunning and elegant Rose Gold Faceplate, a large throat area and built-in walking foot for the quilters. The B765 is a machine that has the ability to grow with you. As your talents expand, you can add embroidery capabilities to the B765.
The B765 is not the only new superstar in the Bernina lineup! The new B700 is an embroidery machine with Top of the Line features. The B700 possesses a large embroidery area and new Pinpoint Placement feature, which makes accurate design positioning super easy.
The conference, which took place in New Orleans, Louisiana this year was incredibly fun. I highly recommend the beignets, a deep fried pastry, which I tried for the first time as I soaked up the rich culture of New Orleans.
AAA Sewing and Fabric will be offering the new machines and software from Bernina, so be sure to stop by and inquire or secure your own!
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In my household, my sons are always fussing about whose towel belongs to whom. I have opted to have towels of the same color for my boys, as they match the colors of the bathroom. A simple solution to this problem was embroidering their initials on the towels. I chose a large built-in monogram on my embroidery machine for this task. Not only have I eliminated the confusion revolving around the ownership of the towels, but these simple decorative details also added immensely to the whole décor of the bathroom.
Monogramming can be useful in other situations as well. One can personalize gym towels, clothing and accessories, notebooks/binders, purses/backpacks, items for a wedding (i.e., napkins), phone cases, pillows, hats, umbrellas, basically anything!!!