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Thursday, 30 March 2017

Satin Stitching

Heavier thread weights can sure work to advantage when doing satin stitch!  I've been adding lettering to some quilt blocks, and practicing on scraps using different fonts.  I print out the size I want from WORD and then trace the letters onto fabric.  Putting two layers of tear-away stabilizer underneath my work means I don't need to use a hoop. Originally, I started with 50 weight thread going over the stitching twice.  Then I switched to a 28 weight thread and found it fills in the space between the stitches really nicely with just one pass. This is Aurifil colour 2725, a pretty soft blue. The needle is a size 90/14 metallic, which has an extra large eye.  50 weight thread in a matching colour is used in the bobbin.
Now I will gather my courage and stitch the letters on the top of the actual quilt.  Wish me luck! :)


  1. Canada 150, looking so good, and what great ideas to stabilise with 2 layers and use a thicker thread with those needles with larger eyes. I think I will try this too.

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    1. I'm practicing, Jennifer! I have a spectacular red reserved for when it comes time to do the real thing :)

  3. That looks great! Did you stitch free motion or with the presser foot down? (Sorry if this is a dumb question.)

    1. That's not a dumb question at all. I did it with the presser foot on - the same way you do it, Cheryl...I think? The only difference (for me) was the use of the heavier thread, which filled in beautifully, but wasn't so thick that it piled up on itself.

  4. Good info. I tend to avoid the satin stitch. I'm not very good at it. :-(