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Fancy Stitches 4
Now pay attention. You are able to create astonishing effects
with the fancy stitches detailed on this web page. Discover how
to do Hemstitching, Smocking, Quilting and
Applique to get a professional
Be prepared to put in the effort and patience
to complete any of these fancy stitches to perfection. It will
certainly take some practice to start with, but . . . believe
me, it's worth the effort.
Hemstitching: Draw out
several threads of fabric at line to be hemstitched.
Start at right, pass needle under three or four threads,
draw up through a loop and take a small stitch down
through fabric. Continue. Double hemstitching is done on
both sides. Used as a trim on garments and on table
linens and doilies.
hemstitching: Do line
of plain hemstitching at one side. For second side, catch
half the threads of two groups together, and take a
stitch up through fabric.
over groups of dots that form the corners of squares.
Start at first row, make a small stitch over dot from
right to left, repeat at second dot, and pull two dots
together with another small backstitch at first dot. Pass
needle under fabric to second dot in second row. Make a
small backstitch, another at third dot and back to second
to pull two together. Go back to first row. Continue. At
end of row, fasten thread and start again at left for
third and fourth tows. For this smocking, known as
honeycomb smocking, you will need twice as much material
as the finished effect that is eight inches for a
four-inch smocked section. Smocking is a lovely hand
finish which may decorate almost any type of garment, but
in particular children’s clothing.
smocking is done by
working a variety of stitches over a series of machine
gathering lines. Gathers must be even; make as for
gauging. Use stitches as outline stitch for bottom and
top rows, and chevron stitches over one or two lines of
gathers in between or zigzag chain and cable
smocking: Make dots
as for honeycomb smocking, and make tiny backstitches in
first and second dot pulling them together, but allow
thread to alternate above and below needle with
successive stitches. Work on one line straight
Appliqué: Cut out
appliqué and baste in place. Finish with blanket stitch,
couching with heavy thread, cord, or braid; fine hemming
or slip stitches, or sew on with zigzag machine using
narrow zigzag stitches. Gives a strong accent and becomes
center of interest on garments, towels,
fabric to cheesecloth or muslin with thin layer of cotton
wadding between. Draw design on wrong side and stitch on
wrong side. Do all the lines in one direction first, then
all the cross lines. Use long stitches and heavy,
slightly loose bobbin thread for puffy effect. Machine
quilter attachment may be used. Do not
in a raised design used as trimming): Mark line of design
on lining of cheesecloth or muslin. Stitch by machine or
hand running stitches through both sides of design. Pull
a heavy yarn through between lines of stitching, between
outside fabric and lining, pulling out yarn and
re-inserting around curves or at points. At wider part of
the design, insert extra padding of yarn or cotton
wadding, pushing in with a pencil or orange stick, so
that each section completely padded. The padded parts
stand out in relief. Do not press. Also called Italian
quilting. Very dressy for rich fabrics, such as velvet.
Used for slip covers, too.
And this is not all. The next page in this Fancy Stitches series covers
arrowhead, crow’s foot tack and bar tack.