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Braid - Fringed
Edge - Tassels
How to Create Beautiful Effects with Braid, Fringed Edge,
Tassels and Pompoms.
our previous two sections in Finishing Touches 3 sewing
tips using braid, fringed edge, tassels and pompoms are
be applied with machine braiding foot which holds braid
in place and stitches through the center. If fabric
puckers, sew over paper and tear paper away later. Make a
hole to push braid to wrong side of fabric, and fasten
the ends. The machine under-braider is a little more
difficult to use. Braid is used for decorative
braid as a binding, encasing raw edge of garment / sewing
project. Stitch fabric and both braid edges
braid is applied to right side, stitching at one side,
and leaving other side free.
be applied by hand, with tiny stitches on one side and
longer stitches, about ¼ inch, on wrong side. To make
stitches invisible on right side, take a stitch through
material and then through underside of
braiding patterns to material, use hot iron transfer
patterns. Where hot application will spoil the fabric,
stitch through several layers of paper and through the
fabric, without any thread. Apply braid with one layer of
paper and tear paper away later.
braid is applied with braider or by hand. It is sometimes
inserted inside a seam like cording to give a similar
Passementerie is braid in fancy motifs. Use it
judiciously, so that garment / sewing project is not over
trimmed. Heavy passementerie may be hemmed by hand to
garment / sewing project through its finished
can be applied with methods described under rickrack.
piping with contrasts, as described under seams, made
good edge trims. Stitch bias strips as shown in seams and turn. Fold again
lengthwise and overcast edges together. Baste to garment
in a straight line or a shaped motif and stitch. Or, make
bias strip in cord, baste and stitch with cording foot.
Apply as described under seams.
thread; stitch or overcast close to drawn thread; pull
out all threads below.
strands of yarn or thread around piece of card board.
Stitch across top, cut through bottom. Tear away paper
below stitching, stitch turned edge of garment / sewing
project to top of fringe. Pull out remaining paper. If
desired, whip over top, dividing fringe into groups of
fringe. Make fringe as above, whipping threads over top
to divide into groups of two. Tie from the left, first
pair with one thread of second. Tie threads together in
groups of twos, one thread of second. Tie threads
together in groups of twos, one thread from each group
across entire row. For second row, tie two threads of
first pair, then continue as before across row. Make as
many rows as desired.
method is to make fringed with needle threaded with
double threads of yarn. Make a stitch in garment edge,
pulling needle through loop before tightening thread. The
needle is rethreaded for each stitch. Make fringe as full
as desired and tie as described above.
around cardboard to desired thickness and tie with
separate piece at top. Cut yarn across bottom, pull out
cardboard, tie another strand around about ½ inch from
the top, leaving one long end to wrap around tassel
several times. Thread a needle with this end, and insert
needle in center to hold firm.
around cardboard about half as wide as the finished
pompom is to be. Make yarn thickness about as wide as the
cardboard is. Pull out cardboard. Tie through center. Cut
both ends. Trim to a round ball.
In this part of the Finishing Touches series we have covered
braid, fringed edge, and tassels as well as cording and
piping and making pompoms. In the Finishing Touches
part is all about self-trim