We all know what bad tension looks like: loops on the top of the quilt sandwich or on the backing. Good tension results in sewing machine stitches that are nearly identical on the back and front of your work.
What does the terms "sewing appliques" mean to you? Do you think of hand applique? Machine applique? The applique stitch?
Did you resolve to make more fiber art this year? Learn new sewing techniques? Decrease the size of your scrap stash? Finish your UFOs?
No matter how fancy your current sewing machine, no matter whether you make tiny quilts or wall-sized ones, chances are, your first experience with needle and thread was hand sewing.
Playing with your pre-programmed sewing machine stitches can be a wonderful way to spend a rainy afternoon. The plethora of stitches on some machines could keep you busy for hours--but what about some of the utilitarian stitches we all know and love?
Hand embroidery often has an old-fashioned connotation, especially if you grew up following hand embroidery patterns for cross stitch or hand stitching Bo Peep-like ladies on pillow cases.
Recently, our online editor, Cate Prato, put out a plea on Facebook, regarding the sudden change in tension on her sewing machine stitches Sewing friends, I need advice. I have been machine piecing a quilt top for a couple hours without incident.
In our eBook Free Hand Sewing Techniques for Quilters: Learn Hand Embroidery, Stitches, and Trapunto, you'll get four hand stitching tutorials with a variety of hand embroidery techniques.
Whether you create full-on embroidered quilts or just do a little hand stitching here and there, I bet you a have a favorite stitch or two.
Hand quilting is truly a labor of love. The choice to hand quilt instead of finishing by machine can be made for many reasons.
"Quilt as desired." Those directions, often found at the end of a
tutorial on making a quilt or a quilted project, can be freeing or
frustrating. There are so many quilting techniques to choose from, how do you decide what works best?
You don't have to have scores of computerized embroidery stitches on
your sewing machine to create beautiful machine embroidery designs. Just
a few stitches and tutorials from free-motion embroidery experts will
allow you to achieve the artistry you're looking for.
At our show-and-tell circle at the Quilting Arts-Stitch-Cloth Paper Scissors offices this week, Stitch Editor Amber Eden showed us a spread in a major fashion magazine that revealed quilting is a fashion trend.
In my book, there are few fiber art projects that can't be improved with a little hand embroidery. Hand stitches add interest, texture, and the personal touch of the artist.