Entredeux Heirloom Sewing Tip

Here’s a note from Charlene Phillips, teacher, author, and BERNINA National Artisan:

Entredeux means “between two” in French. It is a narrow strip of batiste with tiny square holes down the center of the strip. I love to use it between two seams and when joining lace to fabric. Gives the dainty vintage effect I love!

I have purchased entredeux ready-made when necessary. I would much rather use my BERNINA aurora 450 − in minutes I’m sewing a long strip of entredeux. I use a 110/18 Wing needle, and the stitch I prefer is the entredeux stitch pattern (check in your sewing machine manual to see if your model includes this stitch). If your machine does not have it, try using the venetian, daisy, zigzag, or triple zigzag. The pattern must flow from side to side. If you stitch the batiste strip on the bias the holes will open easier.

Use a cotton organdy, batiste, or a similar lightweight fabric, 60-weight cotton thread, cording, and the Wing needle. The cording raises the outer edges of the stitching. If your stitches begin to pucker, place appropriate-weight stabilizer under the fabric strip. Be sure to engage the twin needle function of your machine so the needle does not hit the foot.

Adjust the stitch width according to your stitch pattern. Play around on scrap fabric to get the right adjustment. I start with a 2.5mm stitch width and 3mm stitch length and adjust accordingly. The best foot to use is the 7 Groove Pintuck Foot #32 as the cording fits nicely in the grooves just to the right and the left of center. If that foot is not available try the Open Embroidery Foot #20, sewing slowly while guiding the cording into place with your hands.

Complete instructions for making yards and yards of entredeux is in my book, The Sewing Machine Classroom. Once you see how easy it is to make, you will find numerous ways to use in your sewing! Happy Stitchery! Charlene

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8 comments on “Entredeux Heirloom Sewing Tip”

    • Hi Judith — The stitch number will be different depening on the machine model, but generally it’s represented by an on-point square with a vertical line running through it. For a better idea of what this stitch looks like, along with a list of other stitches that can be used if you don’t have an entredeux stitch on your machine, take a look at this Heirloom Handkerchief by Louise Baird. In addition to making entredeux, I love these stitches as accents on linen garments — around collars and cuffs, at hemlines, or in place of topstitching. An easy way to give ready-made linen shirts and skirts an heirloom look — Jo

    • Hi Kathy – The entredeux stitch on the BERNINA 830 is #724, found in the Heirloom Stitch menu. I’d suggest using it with the 7 Groove Pintuck Foot #32 or Open Embroidery Foot #20 as Charlene does. Jo

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