Stitch-outs with WonderFil threads by Christine Baker October 28, 2014 written by Christine Baker October 28, 2014 678 Razzle and Dazzle from WonderFil Threads As you can see, I still haven’t solved my unraveling problem! But it probably doesn’t help that I have been toting my Razzle and Dazzle threads around in a zip lock bag so that I could have them handy for my hand stitching! A friend of mine has suggested a solution – I just have to get into my local quilt shop to see if they have the product she has told me about. If I have any luck I’ll let you know! A tangled mess of Razzle and Dazzle Picking thread combinations Once I got my rat’s nest all tidied up I was ready to get to work. I figured the best way to pick threads would be to lay my new Mirage threads beside the Razzle and Dazzle threads that I have and see which combinations look like they would work best. The rust-colored thread doesn’t look like it will work with any of the other threads, but maybe I will try it on my stitch-outs. Picking threads to match the Mirage Let’s get ready to stitch To do my stitch-outs I picked a white tone-on-tone fabric, but I think any fabric without a lot of pattern and contrast would work fine – you just want to be able to see how the threads look together without any distraction from the background fabric. I decided to try couching single threads first with the black and white Mirage thread. I set my machine to a short straight stitch and put on my open-toe embroidery foot. I set a mug on the table in front of the right side of my sewing machine and put my Razzle thread inside to keep it from rolling away. I filled one of my bobbins with the Deco-Bob thread and put it in the bobbin casing. I started at the edge of the fabric, placing the Razzle thread under the foot and holding the ends of ALL three threads in my left hand as I started stitching. I did a small straight stitch back and forth to hold everything in place and then set the machine to a narrow zig zag. I stitched along the Razzle thread, making sure that the zig zag stitch passed over the thread each time the machine stitched. Holding all of the threads at the back Couching multiple threads with the zig zag stitch Tension tips The Deco-Bob thread worked great in the bobbin. I had to adjust the tension a tiny bit, just to make sure that the bobbin thread wouldn’t show up on the top of the fabric. The correct tension for this type of stitching is a little different than for machine quilting, as it is OK for the top thread to show a small amount at the back. Since the Deco-Bob thread is very fine there was little added bulk on the back of the fabric which is especially important when you are doing decorative stitching. The back of the fabric showing correct tension WonderFil threads steal the show I tried different single threads first and then worked my way up to 2, 3 and 4 couched threads at a time, changing the combination of colours as I went. When I was using more than one thread, I tied them all together with a knot at the end so that they were easier to manage. I also placed all of the threads that I was using at the time in the mug in front of the right side of my sewing machine. Knotting the ends of the Dazzle threads from WonderFil A mug full of Dazzle threads from WonderFil My open-toe foot worked fine, but I did need to pay close attention to the threads that were being couched – especially when I got into 3 and 4 strands at a time. A couching foot would do that work for you, so if you have a couching foot be sure to use it! When I added more threads I increased to width of the zig zag stitch and then also tried out some of my decorative stitches. The Dazzle threads have a nice metallic thread running through them and I decided that I liked them the best when couched with the Mirage thread. Closeup of the decorative stitching on 4 strands of Dazzle My stitch-out samples Keep on stitching My stitch-out sample is getting more and more full, but I think I will try out a few more colour combinations before I decide what type of project to make in order to use this new technique. Have fun experimenting with your couching foot and tomorrow we’ll keep playing with our Mirage, Deco-Bob and Dazzle WonderFil threads! Print this page or save as a PDF couchingcouching threadsdazzle threadmirage threadsstitch samplesthreadswonderfilwonderfil thread FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedinRedditWhatsappTelegramEmail Christine Baker I have been designing and publishing quilt patterns for the last 16 years under the business name Fairfield Road Designs. My patterns range from fusible applique and piecing to felted wool applique and punchneedle. You can see all of patterns on my website www.fairfieldroaddesigns.com. previous post Learning about Mirage and Deco-Bob WonderFil threads next post WEEKLY GIVEAWAY! WonderFil Specialty Threads – Mirage & Deco-Bob YOU MAY ALSO LIKE... Why DecoBob isn’t your average bobbin thread Use Silco thread to add more punch to... When your quilting calls for threads to be... 1 foolproof method for perfect, smooth and clean... Why WonderFil Tutti thread is so good for... How Accent, Mirage and Spagetti threads highlight appliqued... 1 easy way to add a quilt binding,... Using combinations of 100wt, 80wt, 50wt, 12wt threads... Why using Invisafil thread is best for adding... 4 comments Joanne Flamand August 28, 2016 - 11:09 pm Great to see your stitch out examples. Wonderfil Threads are so versatile! Are you using the Deco Bob pre-wound bobbins? Reply Christine Baker August 30, 2016 - 9:08 pm Hi Joanne, Yes, I was using the pre-wound bobbins of Deco-Bob. They are SO convenient!! Reply Joan Schaller Bauer March 8, 2015 - 8:22 pm Hi! I have a wonderful couching foot that I think you would cherish and is a “must” for such couching. It is also perfect for making and applying welting cord for slipcovers, etc. It is made by Creative Feet [ Claire Rowley] and is her bead couching foot. Check out her website and the other feet she makes/sells. Very good quality too…….I sew professionally and use that foot for welting many miles of welting cord!!! Hope this helps all! J Reply Christine Baker March 11, 2015 - 11:18 am Thanks for the information – it sounds like it would work wonderfully! Reply Leave a Comment Cancel Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.