Free-Motion Couching Techniques


Materials needed

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Getting Started

Attach the Straight stitch needle plate to the machine. Thread machine with desired thread and lower the feed dog. Prepare for couching by snapping a Couching Insert to the Adjustable Ruler Foot #72.


Turn the gold dial to raise the sole of the #72 foot as high as possible. Then thread the yarn/cord through the Adjustable Ruler Foot #72 and Couching Insert.


Free-Motion Couching

Place the presser foot on the machine. At this time the sole of the foot may need to be lowered to achieve good stitching. Choose the surface to be embellished with free-motion couching. If using a blank clutch or portfolio as seen here, open the seams so the project lays flat.

Pull the bobbin thread up through the surface of the fabric. Begin stitching, either free-motion or with rulers. The yarn should flow freely though the foot.

The clutch was stitched with the BERNINA Wavy Ruler. The rows may be echoed using the Echo-quilting Clips against the edge of the ruler. Try inverting the ruler to get intersecting lines.



If working on a larger surface, such as a blank portfolio, try stitching circles with the Good Measure Amanda Murphy Rulers. Vary the sizes and stitch the circles so that they intersect.


Thread a yarn tail through a large eyed needle and run it to the back of the project. Repeat with the second tail. Tie the yarns together on the back of the project.



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2 comments on “Free-Motion Couching Techniques”

  • Love, love, love this Create lesson. I feel my creative juices flowing!
    Question…does this foot have a snap on that is sized small enough for soutache? Looks like most of the hole sizes are for thick yarns.
    Also, would it work for chenille yarn which is quite thick?

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