Easy Embellishments for Sewing Projects + Giveaway

Welcome to our 125 years celebration of the BERNINA company! We’re celebrating by bringing you lots of inspiration and today we’re focusing on easy embellishments for sewing projects! You can use any of these techniques to add a few simple stitches to your project, add fun or elegant trims, create interest with appliqué, or even add a classic or modern monogram for a personal touch. As a bonus we’re giving you the chance to win a bit of BERNINA gold, scroll to the bottom of the post to find our anniversary giveaway!

Easy Embellishment With Decorative Stitches

Adding decorative stitching is one of the simplest ways to embellish your sewing project. Even if you don’t have many built-in decorative stitches, using a decorative thread with zig-zag or straight stitching can add a pop of color or interest. Learn the basics of using decorative stitches in this tip post at WeAllSew.

Stitching rows of decorative stitches

If you do have access to lots of built-in decorative stitches, you can combine different designs together in “stitch recipes” to create surprising results. Find out all about BERNINA Stitch Recipes in this post.

Easy Embellishment With Trims

Rickrack Trim Tutorial

Rick rack is a perfect example of that old saying, “Everything old is new again!” Check out these fun techniques for introducing rick rack into your sewing projects. Erica Bunker shows you two ways to insert rick rack trim into your project in this step-by-step tutorial.

Floating Rickrack Trim Tutorial 1200 x 800 BERNINA WeAllSew Blog - Erica Bunker

In this technique, rick rack trim is sewn as an insert, and has the illusion of floating in the project. Learn how to sew floating rick rack at WeAllSew.

Stacked Trim Tutorial: basic trims

This fun technique takes simple flat or rick rack trims combined with stitches to create an entirely new look!

Stacked Trim Tutorial

Find out how to make this fun layered look in the Stacked Trim Tips post here at WeAllSew.

Embellished shirt with ornate rope

Turn a plain top into an elegant blouse just by adding a pop of trim! Find out how to make an Embellished Shirt with this tutorial from 7th Bone Tailoring.

Layers of trim can turn a plain dress into a WOW dress! Learn How to Sew a Tiered Dress With Trim in this tutorial.

Easy Embellishment With Appliqué

Lace Applique Tutorial

Stitching lace motifs to your garment is an incredibly easy way to add an elegant embellishment. Find the Lace Appliqué T-Shirt Tutorial here from WeAllSew.

Embellishing technique with free motion and applique

Minki Kim’s technique of combining appliqué shapes with stitching produces very sweet results. Learn about her technique of Embellishing With Free-Motion and Appliqué here.

Embellishing with appliqué is an easy way to personalize a project with a monogram. Learn how in this DIY Burberry Inspired Monogrammed Poncho tutorial.

Embellished_Jeans_Jacket-finished embellishment

This fun embellished denim jacket uses appliqué in combination with stitching and printing for a layered look. Find out how it was made in this Embellished Denim Jacket tip post.

Easy Embellishment With Monograms

1-letter Monogram tutorial

Adding a simple letter monogram is a fun way to personalize a gift. Learn how to create an elegant one-letter monogram with simple embroidery software here at WeAllSew.

3-letter Monogram

Embellish a personalized give with three initials with this tutorial using the simple Toolbox Lettering module.

Leather Monogram Patch

Create a sturdy monogram patch as an addition to any project! Learn how to make the Leather Monogram Patch here.

Split-Letter Monogram

Use editing features in BERNINA embroidery software to create a special letter monogram including a name. Find tips to create a split-letter monogram here.

September 125 Years Golden Anniversary Giveaway!

Golden Anniversary Giveaway
One lucky WeAllSew reader will win a BERNINA 125 Anniversary foot #1! Coated with 24K gold, the special edition Reverse Pattern Foot #1 sparkles and shines with a value of $125.00.

All you have to do is post a comment below and answer the question, “How do you use embellishments in your sewing projects?” The the giveaway is open through Friday, September 14!

The giveaway is open to residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia. One comment per fan. Comment must be submitted to the WeAllSew.com blog by September 14, 2018 at 11:59 PM Central Time. Winner will be chosen randomly. Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to contact to claim the prize.

Good luck!

118 thoughts on “Easy Embellishments for Sewing Projects + Giveaway

  1. Embellishments are an easy addition that adds extra “sparkle” to any sewing project. I use embellishments for the final details in my project to add extra “sparkle” whenever I can.

  2. I’m a quilter so I like to add rick rack and/or applique to certain quilt tops. A friend gave me her grandma’s antique button collection so I also like to add fun buttons!

  3. It’s always fun to add some embellishments to make quilt blocks and other sewing projects have that “something extra special” surprise! These unique touches make everything happier! ☺ Thanks a bunch for the chance to win this awesome anniversary foot! ☺

  4. I love the look of hand embroidery that can be achieved with the new machines. I have a hard time settling on just one embellishment though because I like them all 😀 I’m having fun trying out new ideas on clothes for my new granddaughter though

  5. I love to add embellishments to pouches, pencil bags, and baby blankets. When I give a gift with embellishment it shows the extra effort and thought for the recipient and is always appreciated.

  6. As a quilter, most embellishing is done by hand. By machine, I’ve used the couching foot to add clotheslines and other strings and yarn to quilts.

  7. I like to embellish with little hidden touches that make me smile—something only I know is there (like a patch or initials/date completed embroidery sewn into the lining).

  8. I just love embellished work. I embellish with decorative stitching and monograms on book bags and totes, baby blankets, and quiet books. It really adds interest and that personal touch!

  9. I love to use decorative stitches to accent costumes, childrens clothes, decorative pillow covers, and to decorate quilt blocks and quilts. I still want to make some knitting needle cases, mug rugs, tablet holders, tote bags, and some little cell phone purses. I LOVE my Bernina and hope to win ?

  10. I use buttons, trims, dollies, Rick rack, handmade fabrics from colorful threads on small art I also make totes, kitchen essentials, embroidery projects and quilts. And occasionally clothing

  11. I like to do little pieces of embellishments sometimes in a small areas of a quilt. I also like to make pretty “trims” on any sewing project. The things I can do with my machine (770 QE) are unbelievable!!!!

  12. I like to use embellishments on any particular items I make . Embellishments just add personality to projects I think . Adds an extra gift a love from my heart to recipients receiving the gifts I make them .

  13. Embellishments can make any outfit go from plain to bang. Especially when it comes to cosplays, it’s breathes life in the clothes and character. They are the assesories of clothes.

  14. 1. As long as a quilt, wallhanging, etc. is not going to be judged by anyone but me I sometimes use decorative stitches when I do simple quilting or just along the borders or binding. 2. When I make clothing or anything really for a child I always use their favorite color and sew their name to the item. If they are with me I let them choose a ribbon, a patch, and/or the decorative stitch they want along with the color, it’s amazing how much pride those little things give to them.

  15. I think nothing says “I love you” more than a personalized, handmade gift. I like using embellishments to add “personality” with borders & edgings and monograms.

  16. I use embellishments on most everything I make! I love trying out new feet and tecniques and re imagine how I can add bobbinwork and applique. Love to sew!

  17. It really depends on what the project is; quilts maybe embroidered blocks, embroidered quilting, beads etc. Shirts; monogram, accents on the cuffs or placket etc. The options are really only limited by your imagination.

  18. I have 2 Bernina’s and sometimes I use a decorative stitch on the binding. I would like to do more, I have lots yet to explore with my newer machine.

  19. I love to add beautiful satin ribbon embroidery to my heirloom christening dresses. I have used metallic thread to add decorative stitching to some beautiful Christmas pillows❤️ Love my Bernina QE440 and that gold foot would be like the cherry on top of the sundae!

  20. Quilting is now the only type of sewing that I do, and I’ve embellished quilts: Machine sew binding with a decorative stitch; sew rows of decorative stitches on plain fabric and piece into a quilt; sew on rickrack or couch thread; embroider info for a permanent quilt label, to name a few.

  21. I am new to machine embroidery, but I love creating timeless handkerchiefs with monograms or hankies with small bouquets. Then there’s something magical about rick rack!

  22. I love to embellish solid fabrics with a multitude of decorative stitches and techniques to create my own personal fabric. Stitch recipes belong out of the box and hopefully out of the closet.

  23. I use embellishments on projects such as quilts, table runners, mug rugs, doll clothes, and dresses for my granddaughters. The many built in designs on the Bernina sewing machines are easy to add, too.

  24. I digitize and embellish many things. Pillowcases, Denim Jackets, Bath towels, Kitchen Towels, Patches, and Quilts. I like to use machine and hand embroidery, decorative stitches, heavy threads, beads, rick-rack, ribbons and any other material that tickles my fancy and the project. I use the free-motion cording foot #43 on a regular basis. Bernina machines allows anyone to be successfully creative!

  25. Using a Bernina – the world of embellishments is wide open for my creativity. My favorite embellishments are the heirloom stitching and pin tucks. I have used these on pillow covers and as additions to the front of purchased blouses.

  26. I have finally drilled it into my dense head to sign my projects! Name, date and some extra deco stitching. I add deco stitching to wallets, purses, glass cases, table runners, placemats and mugrugs!

  27. I like to use embellishment stitches that are built into my machine to secure the binding around quilts, potholders, or tablemats. It adds interest and the extra assurance that this project will last.

  28. I like to embellish clothing with embroidery designs, PaintWork, CrystalWork and Cutwork using my B880 PLUS, V8.1 software, DesignWorks software, and Bernina Embroidery collections.

  29. I use embellishment stitches to secure bindings on projects as well as to accent quilted or embroidered pieces. I love creating in-the-hoop embroidered crazy quilt blocks and use embellishment stitches from the software and from my machine.

  30. I like to use embellishments on pillows, tote bags and baby quilts. I struggle to find that “extra something” that makes the project unique and special.

  31. I like to make the guest towels very special with our guest monogram. Something they can take with them as a memory of their visit with us. I like to make what I sew very different with original decorative stitches.

  32. I have two Berninas a 630 and an 880. I love embroidery and add embroidered designs on tea towels and napkin corners for gifts and house warmings. I used t0 add embroidery designs and decorative stitching to the doll clothes I used to make for my granddaughter’s American Girl Doll. I like adding embroidered designs such as flowers on quilt blocks too.

  33. I love my Bernina and all the stitches it does. I use decorative stitches to highlight my projects and even with bobbin work , you get spectacular results that highlight your projects uniquely.

  34. I like to embellish a little around the necklines and sleeves of garments. That little extra touch seems to make all the difference between a good and really good garment. On small items like zipper bags, the sky is the limit.

  35. I like using machine stitches as the “print” on the fabrics in some of my projects. This makes it much easier to get the look of fussy cutting without wasting a lot of fabric.

  36. I it’s a “bling thing” and my grand daughters love it when I ad bling to whatever is being made for them or their dolls! It also makes it unique! I love embellishments!

  37. I love hand work as well as machine work. Embellishing is to me the fun, creative part of sewing and a way to make my projects one of a kind. Bernina has provided me with so many ways to do this – such a blessing to me!

  38. Using my Bernina 880 makes it easy to add design and dimension through embellishments such as applique, cording, and embroidery, to my all sewing projects from a cocktail dress, skirts, and blouses to baby blankets, quilts, pillows, and covers for the love seat in my RV. I get many compliments on my sewing projects. My Bernina 880 makes an amateur look professional.

  39. I not only like embellishments on my own sewn projects, but adding a bid of embroidery or fancy stitches to plain ready to wear gives it a special pop that sets it apart.

  40. I love to add decorative stitches to my bindings on my apparel sewing. Also, I just finished a huge, antique yo-yo quilt project using the button stitch on my Bernina 780. It saved a ton of time and secured the small, yo-yos way beyond my expectations!

  41. I use embellishments in the clothing I make for my twin granddaughters. Using their favorite color in the embellishments makes it easier to tell them apart.

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