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Character Decorative Stitch, 3 words that mean creative adventures for YOU

 

Yesterday I shared my 3 favorite features on THE Dream Machine 2. Today, I have yet another favorite to show you. It is mind boggling how much technology has taken leaps into the realm of the needle arts, by providing the sewer and quilter with so many stitching options at our finger tips.

Even more mind boggling is how sewers take little advantage of this plethora of stitches and continually use the 2 or 3 stitches for all of their projects. Let’s see if we can change that…

Let’s explore more of those pre-programmed stitches that are on THE Dream Machine 2 for our creative exploration. To start off this adventure, here’s a YouTube video with a virtual stitch review of the decorative stitches.

 

The Dream Machine XV8500D – Virtual Stitch Preview – YouTube

 

For today’s project I’m going to fussy cut a small portion of a panel that I have in my stash and add a small 1½” border in solid black to give me the base of a small decorative pillow.

Small panel and black border that will become the base of a small decorative pillow
Small panel and black border that will become the base of a small decorative pillow

 

With the 1½” border added to the panel, I’m going to do a little machine stitching on the black border to embellish it a little.

Here are a series of photos to walk you through this process.

Step 1

On the screen, I selected sewing.

Select sewing on the display screen.
Select sewing on the display screen.

 

Step 2

Select Character Decorative Stitch.

Select Character Decorative Stitch
Select Character Decorative Stitch

 

Step 3

Select the box to choose the stitch file. I selected the first box in the first row (6).

Choosing the stitch file.
Choosing the stitch file.

 

Step 4

Select the required stitch, I chose the stitch reference 6-081. To see the stitches, simply press on the arrow to move up and down in the stitch file as in the video above.

Making my stitch choice.
Making my stitch choice.

 

Step 5

When I choose my stitch I can then see the stitch on the side of the display screen in a continuous format. This allows me to see what the stitch will look like once I add it to my project.

The screen displays the right foot to use with each stitch.
The screen displays the right foot to use with each stitch.

 

Note: Once you select the stitch the screen will also tell you which foot you need to attach to the machine. For this stitch, I need to use the N foot.

Step 7

There’s a little camera icon in the upper left hand corner of the display screen. With my project under my needle, when I press the camera icon I can see on the screen what the stitch and thread color will look like once applied to my project. Amazing, like a little built-in photographer?!

Previewing the stitch before sewing.
Previewing the stitch before sewing.

 

Since I loved what I saw in the preview, it was easy for me to start stitching and add this fun embellishment to my project.

Embellishment stitch added to the side of my pillow panel.
Embellishment stitch added to the side of my pillow panel.

 

Using this feature, I’m guaranteed endless creative adventures at my fingertips. I’m sure that I’ll be using this feather stitch again in a different project for a whole different reason. Character Decorative Stitch are 3 words that mean more creative adventures for YOU!  Meanwhile, be sure to come back tomorrow to see what else I discover on THE Dream Machine 2.

 

This is part 3 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 2: 3 key features of THE Dream Machine 2

Go to part 4: How to test the ¼” quilting foot for accuracy on any sewing machine!

Quilter/Stitcher, Designer, Teacher, Blogger. With a passion for all that is "stitchy", my goal is to share that passion with you though fun designs, informative and exciting lectures, trunk shows and workshops. Growing up next door to my paternal grandparents, I had the fantastic opportunity of sitting day after day watching my grandmother stitching away on her vintage White machine. She would often give me scraps and encourage me to be creative. Her creative spirit is the one that comes alive in me every day. My designs offer various techniques including regular piecing, foundation piecing, hand and machine applique as well as wool applique; catering to all levels. I create and have fun in my Montreal Studio-Quilt Shop, where I aim to bring you fun designs, exciting fabrics, notions and all kinds of stitching goodies. At Bill Locke Designs, stitching is definitely a passion where my goal is to keep you in stitches by unlocking your creativity and inspire you to stitch.

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