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Showing posts with label scallop edge. Show all posts
Showing posts with label scallop edge. Show all posts

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Zippity Do Dah Scarf~

And my oh my, what a wonderful day to make a new scarf for spring!  I adore these new cotton voiles that are out on the fabric market now.... 

And it makes a beautiful, lovely, and lightweight scarf!

First begin making a scarf by cutting two, 6" wide strips of fabric, according to the length of the fabric, whether it is 45" wide, or 54" wide.  Mine was 54" wide, so this scarf will finish over 100" long.
Placing right sides together, sew the two end strips with a 5/8" seam.  Press the seam open.  At that same point, fold those raw seam edges under 1/4" and press under again, so you have a neat, tidy little fold, and then topstitch.  The raw edges are now encased in the seam. Press flat.

Now that the 'untidy ends' are finished, it's time to think about an edge finish.  I decided to use my hemming foot, and I begin by selecting stitch #3, which is a hemming stitch. The width is set to 4.5 and length to 3.0. The sewing machine automatically sets the top tension to 2.5 when I select this stitch... but you may want to experiment with this up or down a bit more.  What I wanted was a definite scalloped looking edge, and a slightly higher tension helps accomplish that, and the folded edge of fabric forms this scalloped look.  The weight of your thread - whether a 50 or 40 weight; cotton or polyester, will also affect the top tension setting.  Be prepared to experiment!
 Next, attach one of these types of feet, the 'hemmers' as I call them.  I use foot #69:
Now it's time for the "Reality Check" on yourself ---  Know this may take you a while to get the hang of it, given your particular machine, tension, and fabric choice -- that's a big part of the fun!
I start by folding the fabric 1/4" and pressing lightly, and then again - this doesn't have to precise, just so you can get started.  The raw edge is enclosed at this point, and it's just to start - the foot will feed the raw edge eventually, and encase it in the stitching, but it's real difficult to slip it under the foot to begin that way, so I just kind of finger press it, so it's easier to get started.

I put the folded fabric under my foot, and straight stitch, for only about an inch.  Stop, just far enough so you're well on your way, and then while the fabric is trapped under the foot, you can lightly grab the edge of your hem; the one that is in front of the foot, and feed, or slip the edge of the fabric - or the fold of it - into the curly metal piece of the foot.  I stop, sinking my needle into the fabric to do this - (or have needle stop already engaged) and using my knee lift, I barely lift up the presser foot, so I can do just that - slip the folded edge of the fabric into the curly-q metal piece. Not to concerned if it comes 'unfolded' - that will eventually work into the curly part of the foot that forms the hem. Don't worry about the one inch of fabric behind you... that will either be trimmed off, or encased into the final bottom edge of the hem of the scarf. 

And another VIP TIP:   One that poses a bit of a problem for many sewers.  Many times the fabric will get stuck when they first begin stitching.  Typically, that means there is not enough fabric under the foot, to enable the feed dogs to grab the fabric and feed it. In other words, we barely stick the fabric underneath the foot, and when the feed dogs have no fabric to grab, you may end up with a mess of threads, and sometimes the fabric is also sucked down into the throat plate... and you start over! 

To help prevent this, it's  a truly simple technique; hold the thread tails just ever-so-slightly taut as you begin sewing.  Give a very slight tug if you don't feel your fabric moving forward... then let go once the feed dogs take hold. Also, the thread tails won't get all knotted up, making that nasty thread mess on the back of your fabric.

When finished, it should look similar to the photo above.
This is another scarf where I have just begun to feed the fabric into the curvy piece of the foot... it's almost like magic, it's SO DANG COOL!
It's so cool in fact, it's 'zippity-do-dah' and you'll be singing the song as you finish this... lickity-split!
To finish, I turned those scarf ends in 1/4" twice, and topstitched them down.  I haven't tried scalloping them, like I do on the long edge of the scarf, but if you wanted to, it's probably best to scallop the short end first, and the long ends last.
It's may not be perfect... but have fun perfecting it, as you enjoy your nice decorative finish.

If you have questions about my instructions (I tried really, really, hard)... just let me know.  I'll do my best to answer them!

And Happy Saint Patrick's Day! 

Friday, April 8, 2011

Bernina Foot 10 for a CORDED Scalloped Edge

The unsung hero of feet!  The #10 Edgestitch foot! If you missed yesterday's post... check it out here!

A page from my "Feetures" Bernina foot book... a fabulous resource.
Did you know that you can get a free copy of the FEETURES book - VOLUME 1 with a purchase of the Walking Foot in the month of MAY?  There is a coupon in the latest Bernina "Through The Needle" -- (its FREE) -- the magazine from the Bernina website... check it out!  That is a $55.00 value or more... good in MAY only. You can subscribe to this mag via Bernina and they will email it to you in pdf format!
 Select the hem stitch; (Stitch #3) - I used a stitch width of 4.5" and a length of 4.0 as you can see on the screen shot. But you can adjust this as suits your project. 

I chose a favorite yarn, but any cord, yarn or thicker thread type will work. Choose a hem stitch...  make adjustments in width as needed... and you're on your way to a darling finish on edges of all kinds.

In the photo below, you can see that the yarn I chose is butted up to the blade... and the cord and the edge of the fabric need to come together next to the blade so that the hemstitch will stitch on the fabric, and then swing to the right to pick up the cord, and cause the cord/yarn to 'scallop.'

This is my practice piece to 'warmup' with.

Take a few minutes to practice!  You will need to get the hang of guiding the cord as well as controlling the fabric feed, as you  feed it under the foot.  You want the cord to just barely touch, or 'collide' with the left hand side of the blade, as it gets fed underneath the foot, while it's stitching. You don't want it to go underneath the fabric as it won't show if that happens.
Write your stitch number, width and length dimensions on your sample for a great resource!

I doubled a piece of fabric, and doubled it again, so that I was working with enough fabric to create a thick edge to work with.

Take a peek below at what an UPSCALE and special look this technique adds to the edge finish on this darling and very simply made baby blanket using pretty flannels. Fabtanstic! (stitch #3, width 3.0 and length 3.0)
We took 1 1/4 yards of two pieces of flannel; round off the corners (use a dinner plate!)... then place right sides together, sew a 1/2" seam,  turn right side out and press, leaving an opening to turn.

And... I am going to finish some of my art quilts with this technique.

I am sure many of you have other wonderful ideas!

If so... I'd love to hear about them.  I hope you will contact me if you do!
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