Quilt Embellishing with Decorative Stitches
When I first started using my BERNINA 750 QE, I was pretty much a free-motion kinda gal. I do all my own free-motion quilting on my art quilts. But lately, I discovered that there are so many cool decorative stitches on these machines for quilt embellishing. I wondered how can I use some of those stitches in a more modern way that fit my style? So I began to play….
I found a small curved pieced top that I wasn’t too fond of, so I wasn’t afraid to “wreck” it. I put a fine bobbin thread in my bobbin and chose a neutral white polyester thread for the needle. Mimicking the curves already found in the piece, I used a serpentine stitch—and I liked it! So I repeated it, but made it shorter and smaller by reducing the width and length of the stitch. Fun! Now I was opening up the stitch folders madly on my touch screen looking for more cool stitches. I found this geometric stitch that seemed to work well. Again, I played with the length, making it larger, then smaller, then larger again. This helped create a lot of rhythm and movement.
The trick is to choose stitches that aren’t fussy, flowery or cutesy. Simple and clean designs work with the modern quilt aesthetic.
Now to add a bit of bling! Again, keeping it simple, I echoed the lines in the piece, and couched down some Ricky Tims Razzle Dazzle thread. I put that thread in a cup next to my right hand. Using my BERNINA Stitch Regulator (BSR) foot, Feed Dogs down and a small zig-zag stitch, I was able to couch down this thread easily by guiding it with my left index finger.
You can use invisible or any thread on the top for couching. Oh, and one more thing—the BSR foot has 3 feet attachments and you can use any of them to couch with, but I found the clear circular foot holds the thread and gives you full visibility as your are couching.
Get the most out of your machine’s capabilities, and have fun embellishing your work!