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Fancy stitches are decorative embroidery stitches used for
special effects, for
stitches for you to try -herringbone, chevron, satin
and seed stitch; couching and fagoting.
the picture below to get a better understanding ofa
vaiety of fancy stitches. As they say: ‘A picture speaks
a thousand words’.
the catch stitch, used for decoration. From left, take
slanting stitch, upwards, and bring out needle a small
distance to left of point of insertion. Cross the line
made and again take a small stitch back.
stitch: Make a
slanting stitch upwards and a small backstitch as above.
Make a running stitch over and to right of the
backstitch. Slant next stitch down, repeat A to B, under
to C, over to D, under to B, E under to F, over to G,
under to E, H.
Satin stitch: Parallel
close stitches to give raised effect. Good to pad design
first with running stitches. Used for leaves, flowers,
borders. Satin stitch can be made on the zigzag machine
stitch: Pair of
backstitches. Make one backstitch, slant needle under for
second. Used to fill in spaces and decorative narrow
Couching: this is
actually sewing on a thread or cord for decoration.
Fasten a heavy thread on wrong side, leave loose on right
side. With a second thread, usually finer, tack it in
place at regular intervals with small stitches. Used
often to outline an edge, as in
several rows of plain couching, alternating tacking
stitches to give effect of bricks.
couching: Weave a
heavy thread in and out of a line of machine or hand
fabric at desired place for fagoting. Turn edges under,
and baste both sides to paper the proper distance apart.
Bring needle out at left, slant to right under fabric and
bring needle up; pass needle under thread and down to
left. Continue. Used for openwork seams, collar and cuff
stitch straight across from left to right, pass needle
over and under stitch several times, draw it through at
original point to underside. Make a stitch down and bring
needle up to right side again. Continue. (See picture
effect of series of squares. Insert needle at A, out at
B, in at A, out at B, in at B, out at C, in at D, out at
C, in at D, out at B, in at C, out at E. Continue,
binding points with two tightly drawn
For hemstitching, smocking, applique and quilting
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