Today I'm playing with decorative stitches on the Janome 8200 sewing machine. I’m trying a new way to film quilting tutorials. These are 60 seconds or less and teach you everything you need to know! Enjoy!
How to Test Your Sewing Machine's Decorative Stitches
Testing is key! I used a scrap fat quarter of fabric to try out various decorative stitches on my Janome 8200. This allowed me to see how the designs looked when stitched on a curve. I wanted to pick a design that smoothly covered the circle shapes from the Whirligig Baby Quilt.
I discovered I needed to use stabilizer behind the quilt otherwise the density of the stitches would distort the fabric. I used two layers of lightweight tearaway embroidery stabilizer behind the quilt. This was the perfect balance for the dense heart shaped stitch I picked.
I used Design #47 Mode 2 on my Janome 8200 sewing machine for this project.
How to Finish Circle Appliques with a Simple Decorative Stitch
I love it when a design idea turns out far better than I expected! That is the case with this Whirligig Baby Quilt!
I love how these decorative hearts swirl around the circle appliqués. In this case the decorative stitching definitely made the quilt.
How to Handle Thread Breaks in Decorative Stitches
But I did have a few mishaps along the way. Learn how to handle thread breaks in the middle of a decorative stitch in the short video:
Click Here to find Cheater Needles which make hiding your thread tails much easier.
This decorative stitching took around three hours to complete. If you'd like to take less time securing the circle appliques on your quilt, pick a design with less density. The key is to test the design first and pick one that looks best and doesn't take too long to stitch!
Let’s go quilt,