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Date: 12/26/09 7:51 AM

Over on the Sewing Machine topic, we have been discussing the features and specifications of an ultimate home model garment sewing machine. The originator of the thread, Soolip, makes the provocative point that the width of the feed of most high-end (and many low end) machines today is more suited to a wide range of decorative pattern stitches than to basic garment construction tasks.

Be that as it may, and seeing that so many of us do have extensive pattern stitch capabilities, I am wondering if we could share examples or tips about using these stitches in tasteful ways on adult garments.

I have been inspired by this amazing topstitching by briansews.

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Date: 12/26/09 8:35 AM

Good post! I'll be watching to see what you come up with. I too have been curious how to embellish or enhance adult garments. Earlier this year, I decided to make jeans and I wanted something a little more decorative than the plain topstitching. So I took my original pattern, an old Burda from a 1999 WOF, and rotated the back darts into a yoke, and then topstitched a fancy stitch on the yoke. That added embellishment makes me love those jeans!
Light Blue Jeans
Peach Jeans
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Date: 12/26/09 9:26 AM

A photo won't show this: a magnificent dark gray velour robe with wide shawl collor for DH had wide facings down the front that drooped. I used a darker grey to run a Greek-style motif down each front that caught the edge of the facings. It added to the magnificence.

Thanks for this thread. briansews' topstitching is beautiful and I look forward to seeing others' ideas.

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Date: 12/26/09 10:54 AM

I've taken my plain tops that I bought for work and stitched around the collar with the small version then go around the bottom edgewith the larger version. Cuffs and sleeve as well, just adds a little something without being over done.
Some times I use varigated, sometimes a slightly darker or lighter than the top color just for tone on tone look it is either a bit more interesting or subtle.
I too was going to do something on jeans, I never use the back pockets.
I love decorative stitching, even though I have an EM. It is theraputic to see the machine work it's magic while guiding it in what ever direction I choose. Happy stitching, Janice

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Date: 12/27/09 11:11 AM

This is a straight triple stitch done with a wing needle on linen.
This is a decorative stitch on a shirt cuff - I also used it on the collar. The most difficult part about using the decorative stitch is turning the corners.
more decorative stitching around a neckline


Many decorative stitches stretch which makes them good for knits:
vine stitch used to topstitch binding
blind hem stitch to make a scalloped edge
feather stitch and buttonhole stitch for hems
another stitch used to topstich the down the neck band.

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Date: 12/27/09 1:40 PM

Wow, Irene, thanks for these great examples. I especially like the buttonhole stitch hem. Did you just turn the hem up and do this stitch from the top side?

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Date: 12/27/09 4:09 PM

What a great thread!! Irene, those pictures are so inspiring! I've been afraid to try knits b/c I don't have a serger and don't even know where to start with the twin needle, but my Viking Emerald has a bunch of those decorative stitches, which I have definitely played around with.

I realize this is a little different than what most of the rest of you are sewing, but here's my little example, a 16th century embellished neckline.

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Date: 12/27/09 6:06 PM

This is such an interesting topic. I love all the pictures and examples. I'm always trying to find out what to do with all those decorative stitches I have on my machine. I hate having all these stitches and just not using them. I feel they are going to waste. Thank you for all your great ideas. Now I can get creative. Hope others post their pictures and ideas for garments as I know many use these stitches for quilting or household items.

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Date: 12/27/09 10:16 PM

Thanks for the links, Irene! You've inspired me. I've done the blindstitch on the neckline of a t-shirt; gosh, that's such a cool technique. And I'm really curious about that straight triple stitch with the wing needle--is that also a stretch stitch? I do have one of those stitches, if it is, and I can't wait to try it.

Stirwatersblue, love the neckline! It is so Renaissance! I could see that also on a cuff, or going down the front of a shirt. Did you make the snood, too? I used to wear those, without the period clothing, mostly because I liked the way they kept my hair up.

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Date: 12/27/09 11:11 PM

Thank you for this post! Irene, great ideas!! I've always hidden my decorative stitches in linings & other inner construction, because lots of threads have disparaged these stitches as giving garments that "home sewn look." Now I'll rethink that--and not worry about what the "sewing police" think!! It looks like the key is to keep it subtle.

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