Today I’ll be stitching the satin stitch with the Pfaff Passport 2.0 which I’m sure will be just as successful as the blanket stitch was yesterday. Along with stitching down the cat pieces I’ll finish off the agenda bag so that my niece will have it in time for her first day of school in September.
Shush, don’t anyone tell her as it’s a surprise.
The Satin Stitch
I love the satin stitch and how it creates a nice bold edging around the applique. Once again I chose a thread from Wonderfil – Tutti which is a 50 weight variegated thread. This time I used a yellow thread whereas yesterday I used orange.
The 0A foot which comes with the machines works well for a zigzag stitch but I do prefer the open toed applique foot. This foot is open at the front and makes it easier to see where the stitching needs to go and follow the edge of the shape. The open toed foot does need to be purchased separately as it doesn’t come with the machine.
According to the Passport 2.0 stitch menu the satin stitch is #03. I changed the width of it to 3.5 from the default width of 6.0 and the length to 0.8 from 1.5. I want the stitching to be very close together with no space between the stitches. The stitch length does go even lower to 0.5 which is fabulous as a very tight satin stitch can be achieved. I’m impressed with how low the stitch length will go as some higher end machines don’t even go this low.
With the stabilizer still in place I stitched around the outside edge of the cat applique. The IDT system was also engaged helping the fabric to feed under the presser foot more smoothly creating a nice even stitch.
The Passport 2.0 stitches a lovely satin stitch.
I secured the stitches at the start and finish using the tie on/off function. I was very happy with how this function performed as it didn’t leave a large knot or bump on the back. I tend to manually tie off all of my threads as I don’t like how some tie off modes leave those big knots or bumps but not this little machine – just so neat and tidy.
Adding In Some Detail
I wasn’t going to add any details to the cat but then I decided it looked rather plain so pulled out a fabric marking pen and drew in a nose, mouth and whiskers.
With black thread I stitched over the lines 3 times using a straight stitch to create a bolder line.
If I had taken the time to look I probably could have found a stitch in the library of stitches – there are 70! I’m pretty sure one of them would have worked for sewing these details in and yes stitch #02 would have been perfect. It’s a triple straight stitch mainly used for reinforcing seams and topstitching. Using this stitch would have saved me from going back and forth 3 times along the same line. It pays to look first rather than after the fact. And read the manual!
A couple of buttons for eyes and the cat has a face.
Completing the Bag
With right sides together sew the bag together with a ⅜″ seam allowance starting just under the turned over edge on the accent fabric and stopping in the same place on the other side. When I came to the corner I reinforced the stitching with a reverse stitch along the side and bottom stitching line on each corner. The reverse button is easily accessible on the Passport 2.0 making reverse sewing hassle free. I also reversed sewed at the beginning of the stitching and end to secure the bag so it doesn’t fall apart the first time Abby uses it.
Since the edges of the seams have not been finished and the fabric can fray easily with use I used stitch #13 – the over locking stitch to finish off the edges inside the bag just as I did the duvet cover the other day.
Turning the bag right side out I gave it a press and then slid a piece of yellow ric-rac into the casing to use as a drawstring. The ric-rac matches the fabric perfectly so it’s the perfect choice as a drawstring but I found it doesn’t slide as smoothly as I would like along the fabric to open and close the bag.
I may see what else I can find before I put the bag in the post. But then again how often is a 5 year old going to actually remember to close the bag?
A quick little project for back to school. I had fun finishing the agenda bag, doing some satin stitch with the Pfaff Passport 2.0 and am now thinking of what other quick back to school projects I could do.