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Sewing seams using decorative stitches?

Yesterday I showed you how to prepare some fabric strips in preparation for decorative stitching with the new Brother The Luminaire sewing and embroidery machine. Have you had the chance to cut your fabric strips? I hope you had a chance to watch the video about using the decorative stitches.

Brother Luminaire Innov-ís XP1 sewing and quilting machine

Lets start sewing!

  • Use the 5 strips that you cut out yesterday and lay them on your cutting table.
  • You’ve already cut a gentle, curvy line on one side of the 2nd strip.
A curvy edge has been cut along one edge of the second fabric strip.
  • Place the curved strip on top of the first strip, overlapping by about ½”.
Overlap the curved strip by about 1½” on the first strip.
  • Sew a row of decorative stitches along the curved edge.
Sew a line of decorative stitching along the curved edge to join the 2 strips together.
The first 2 strips are joined together with a decorative stitch.
  • After you’ve finished sewing the first row of decorative stitching, turn the piece over and cut away the excess fabric from the back.
Trim away excess fabric from the back.
  • Keep adding strips in the same way until you have a piece that is 10″ – 12″ wide.
  • Make 2 or 3 fabric strip sets like this, using different color arrangements, to create different strip sets.
Finished strip set embellished with decorative stitching

I really like the way the tension is automatically set for every stitch and each one I tried turned out perfectly.

Another accessory that I’ve come to love is the bobbin clip. Placing bobbin clips on bobbins helps prevent the thread from unwinding from the bobbin. You can also clip the bobbins together for easy storage.

Bobbin clips. A great way to keep your bobbins organized and untangled!

Come back tomorrow to see how to use your decoratively stitched fabric to make the applique shapes for the leaf wall quilt. I’m sure you’ll really enjoy using the many decorative stitches on the Brother Luminaire sewing and embroidery machine!



Finished wall quilt with decorative stitching and machine applique

This is part 2 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 1: Wall quilt tutorial: decorative stitches and curved piecing, let’s do it!

Go to part 3: Preparing applique shapes for machine applique

Jean has been designing and publishing patterns since 1997. For the past several years she has been designing patterns for new fabric collections by Northcott Fabrics. Her work has been published in several magazines in both Canada and the United States. Jean holds a Fiber Arts Certificate in quilting and has taught extensively throughout Canada, including six national Quilt Canada conferences. She was named "Canadian Teacher of the Year" in 2003 by the Canadian Quilters Association and has won numerous awards for her quilts.


  1. Sandy Allen

    Oh, this looks fun! I need to try using the decorative stitching on my machine more!

    • Hi Sandy. Glad you liked this technique!

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