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The Luminaire XP1, the dual feed foot and the binding

Yesterday, I showed you how to create 6½” embroidered and quilted squares using decorative stitches on the Brother The Luminaire XP1 Sewing, Embroidery and Quilting machine. The Stitch Vision feature on The Luminaire is an extraordinary feature that let’s you see your decorative stitches on the fabric before you stitch them. This way, you know the placement is right.

Today, I’m adding the sashing and binding to finish the reversible table runner.

 

Finished table runner with decorative stitching
Finished table runner with decorative stitching

 

Sewing on the sashing

  • From sashing fabric, cut 12 strips 1″ x 7½”.
  • Sew one sashing strip to the front and back of one 6½” square, using a ¼” seam. I used the included ¼” foot that’s included with the Brother The Luminaire XP1 Sewing, Embroidery and Quilting machine for this seam and it was perfect!
  • The excess sashing fabric at the top and bottom will be trimmed later.

 

Sew sashing strips to the front and back of a 6½" square.
Sew sashing strips to the front and back of a 6½” square.

 

  • Sew another 6½” square to the front sashing strip.
  • Turn the 2 squares over and fold the back sashing strip over onto the 6½” square that’s just been added.
  • Fold sashing strip under ¼” and hand-stitch in place.

 

Fold sashing strip under ¼" and hand-stitch in place.
Fold sashing strip under ¼” and hand-stitch in place.

 

  • Using this same method for adding sashing strips, make 2 rows of 6½” squares with 4 stitched blocks in each.
  • Cut 2 – 1″ x 27″ sashing strips. Join the 2 rows of blocks with these strips, using the same method as for the blocks. Make sure all the sashing strips line up.
  • Trim so all the edges are even.
  • You’ll see now, that by using this “quilt-as-you-go” technique, you have a reversible table runner!

 

All sashing strips have been sewn in place.
All sashing strips have been sewn in place.

 

 

The back of the table runner
The back of the table runner

 

Sewing on the binding

  • Cut 2 strips of binding fabric, 3″ x WOF. This will give you ½” finished binding that will match the size of the sashing strips.
  • Sew on the binding using a ½” seam allowance. I used the Luminaire’s dual feed foot for this step. You’ll notice on this foot that there’s a black roller belt that’s used when sewing difficult fabrics such as leather, faux fur or silk. You move the roller belt up or down using the lever on the side of the foot. Depending on your fabric, the roller can be in either the “up” or “down” position.

 

Dual feed foot
Dual feed foot

 

  • Fold the binding over to the back and hand-stitch in place.

 

Finished table runner with decorative stitching on striped fabric
Finished table runner with decorative stitching on striped fabric

 

Be sure to come back tomorrow and I’ll show you another quick project using decorative stitching on this wonderful Brother Luminaire sewing and embroidery machine.

 

The Brother Luminaire sewing and embroidery machine ready for tomorrow's project!
The Brother Luminaire sewing and embroidery machine ready for tomorrow’s project!

 

 

This is part 3 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 2: StitchVision on The Luminaire for visible decorative stitch placement

Go to part 4: The Luminaire XP1, its camera and projector for decorative stitches fun

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.

4 Comments

  1. Anna brown

    Hmmm very helpfull. .ty for showing us this machine and the tricks it can do..So now u need to step up my game on my old machine and see what i can do…

    • Thanks Anna. Most machines have decorative stitches. It’s fun to play and see what you come up with!

  2. Lori Morton

    I am soooo loving this project!! I don’t have this particular machine.. but know mine can do most of the pretty stitching things… This is making QAYG seem so much easier to do..definitely keeping these posting close! 🙂 Thank you so much for all you guys share with us!! 😀

    • Thanks Lori. Most machines do have a variety of decorative stitches and it’s always fun to “play” and see what you can come up with.

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