Tuesday, April 3, 2012
yin and yang and a satin stitch tip
Instead, I'm going to tell you about my trials and tribulations with satin stitch edgings.
I have tried every method known to man, but my corners get eaten up by my machine! I have tried the embroidery floss technique, I have tried the sew first cut second method, I have tried using water soluble stabiliser, and heat aways and tear aways. I have tried so many ways to do this seemingly simple thing that all other sewing machines seem to do so easily, that I thought I would never get it.
When all of a sudden it occured to me.
When I am quilting or thread painting something small, I often put a larger piece of paper-scrap computer paper underneath to stabilise. It seems to have more strength than the tear aways, which crumble as soon as you look at them.
Anyway, I thought, why don't I try this with satin stitch edgings?
With some pieces, I leave the paper on the back. It depends on the purpose. With an ATC, it gives extra strength and somewhere to write on the back, so I glue it on before I start. With other pieces, I take the paper off the back afterward.
I am pretty pleased with this method, because after so many tries, I finally found a method that suits me, and secondly, scrap paper is easy to find!
I vaguely remember reading somewhere that Once upon a time, before we had all these mods and cons, paper was used as a stabiliser.