- Drop your feed dogs on the sewing machine
- Install quilting foot
- Start with new needle!
- Set machine tension to 2
- Make practice squares (three layers of fabric)
- Sew the wiggle (looks like puzzle pieces or brain matter?)
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Stippling - A Little Wiggle Room
My First Attempts at Sewing Machine Stippling
Ok, drop your feed dogs. You're under arrest.
On my bucket list of things to do is "learning how to stipple" (free motion quilting).
The steps are:
I made some quilted fabric out of Navy Blue Satin with Polar Fleece for batting.
I cut oversized pieces of:
Top layer - satin
Middle layer - polar fleece
Bottom layer - satin
Polar fleece used for batting (middle layer)
You can see the sewing machine stippling binds (quilts) all three layers together.
So far, the project looked like I had imagined it would. I put the stippled fabric in the machine embroidery hoop, and embroidered Gearhart--my dear friends Janet and Jerry's last name.
Left is a swatch of the satin, and to the right the polar fleece, and in the center the pocket panel for a fancy tote bag for Janet and Jerry Gearhart.
Guess what? I didn't like the embroidery thread color, so I started over. I was practicing, so why not?
Yes, this is better. A little more contrast using silver embroidery thread.
I mailed this bag on Monday and with any luck, on Wednesday Janet and Jerry will have their quilted tote bag. I added a key fob and double button (my trademark--a double button).
Opened, it holds quite a bit.