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The Luminaire XP1, its camera and projector for decorative stitches fun

Yesterday I finished up the ‘quilt-as-you-go’ table runner I made using decorative stitches from the new Brother The Luminaire Innov-ís XP1.

Today I’ll show you how to make some quick placemats with decorative stitches using a twin needle on the The Luminaire. You’ll also see how to use the camera and projector that shows adjustable single and double guidelines, and displays grid lines with adjustable intervals right on your fabric!

 

Finished placemat with twin needle decorative stitches
Finished placemat with twin needle decorative stitches

 

materials

  • 2 – 13″ x 19″ pieces of fabric for the placemat front and back
  • 13″ x 19″ piece of lightweight batting
  • 13″ x 19″ piece of lightweight fusible stabilizer (included with the machine)
  • 2 – 3″ x WOF strips for binding
  • 1 twin needle, size 2.0/11 (included with the machine)
  • 2 different colored spools of thread

Let’s start sewing!

  • Following the instructions in the manual, insert the twin needle and thread with 2 different thread colors. I used a red and a blue thread.
  • From the “utility stitches” menu, choose a decorative stitch. If you happen to choose one that cannot be sewn with a twin needle, that stitch will be grayed out on the screen or you will get a message on the LCD screen along with a little sad face emoji!

 

The LCD screen gives information about the stitching.
The LCD screen gives information about the stitching.

 

  • Again, it’s a good idea to do a few practice rows of stitching before working on your final project. I tried out a few stitches, adjusting both width and length, to see what I liked. It’s also a good idea to mark down the settings you used when you find a stitch that you really like. When doing decorative stitching, I prefer using the “start/stop” button on the front of the machine instead of the foot pedal, along with a slow stitching speed, for better control while sewing.
  • Press the lightweight fusible stabilizer to the back of one of the 13″ x 19″ pieces of fabric.
  • Sew 1 line of decorative stitching across the bottom of the placemat, about 2″ from the edge of the fabric, using the projector feature to show exactly how the stitch will look on your fabric.

 

The projector feature shows the decorative stitch exactly how it will look on the fabric.
The projector feature shows the decorative stitch exactly how it will look on the fabric.

 

  • I sewed decorative rows of embroidery along the bottom and side of my placemat, but you can design your placemat however you wish.

 

Twin needle decorative stitching
Twin needle decorative stitching

 

Finishing

  • Remove excess stabilizer from the back of the fabric.
  • Layer placemat top, batting and backing.
  • Baste or pin the layers together.
  • Attach the dual feed foot that comes with the machine, and you’re ready for quilting!
  • When you choose the utility stitch group and the Q stitch group, you’ll find many stitches that can be used for quilting. Stitches that can’t be used for quilting will be grayed out on the LCD screen or you’ll get the sad-faced emoji.
  • I used the serpentine stitch for quilting. I turned on the grid feature with the projector so I could line up all my quilting lines. What a great feature this is!
  • When the quilting is finished, trim the edges of your placemat to the desired size. Mine is 12″ x 18″.

 

Serpentine stitch is selected and grid lines are turned on.
Serpentine stitch is selected and grid lines are turned on.

 

Binding

  • Sew the 2 binding strips together to make 1 long strip. Using the dual-feed foot, sew on the binding with a ½” seam. This will give you a ½” finished-size binding.
  • Fold the binding to the back and hand-stitch in place.
  • You can see my detailed instructions for sewing on the binding on this August 11, 2016 post on QUILTsocial.

 

Dual feed foot is used for sewing on the binding.
Dual feed foot is used for sewing on the binding.

 

Of course, I couldn’t stop with just one placemat!

Again, I used the twin needle that comes with the machine and a few of the many decorative stitches (over 600 stitches are available on The Luminaire) to make another placemat.

This time I used the twin needle and made some curvy lines of stitching. The placemat was finished in the same way as the previous one.

 

Curvy decorative stitching lines sewn with a twin needle and 2 different colors of thread
Curvy decorative stitching lines sewn with a twin needle and 2 different colors of thread

 

 

Grid lines help line up stitching and quilting lines.
Grid lines help line up stitching and quilting lines.

 

 

Finished placemat with twin needle decorative stitches
Finished placemat with twin needle decorative stitches

 

Come back tomorrow and I’ll show you some more of my favorite features on the Brother The Luminaire Innov-ís XP1 Sewing, Embroidery and Quilting machine.

 

This is part 4 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 3: The Luminaire XP1, the dual feed foot and the binding

Go to part 5: 7 stellar and unimaginable features on the Brother Luminaire XP1 machine

Jean has been designing and publishing patterns since 1997. For the past 10 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.

8 Comments

  1. Brenda West

    I think I may have to save up for one of these. Love all the beautiful work you do with yours. Thanks for all the information.

    • I only get to use the Luminaire for a few weeks, but I love it!

  2. NancyB from Many LA

    what a nice machine1 Wish I had one!

    • It is a wonderful machine! So many great features.

  3. Sandy Allen

    Love the use of decorative stitches! Will have to see if I can do something like this with my machine!

    • Thanks Sandy. Most machines have decorative stitches and it’s fun to try them out and see what you come up with!

  4. I love decorative stitches and the Luminaire looks like it has more beautiful stitches than any other machine I can think of. Great features for this machine too!

    • The decorative stitches on the Luminaire are amazing! You can customize them to suit your own designs and each one stitches out beautifully. I’ll be giving you more ideas for decorative stitching in my next QUILTsocial blog starting on June 17. I hope you’ll check them out!

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