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Using Brother NQ900’s decorative stitches on a Fidget Quilt

 

Yesterday I showed you how to get started making a Fidget Quilt using the Brother NQ900 machine.

 

Brother NQ900 sewing machine with wide table attached
Brother NQ900 sewing machine

 

Now I’ll show you how I used decorative stitches and created some pockets to use on this little quilt.

There are 240 built-in stitches and 5 lettering fonts. The NQ900 is very user-friendly. You just tap the screen, enter the stitch number and you’re ready to sew. All the stitches are clearly displayed on the flip-up top cover.

 

Flip-up top cover of the Brother NQ900 showing all the decorative and utility stitches
Flip-up top cover of the Brother NQ900 showing all the decorative and utility stitches

 

Here’s a video you can watch for more information on the decorative stitches.

How To Sew Decorative Stitches On A Brother Sewing Machine – YouTube

If you have a Brother sewing machine, here’s how to select, adjust, and sew decorative stitches. I’m using a Brother NQ900 sewing machine, which is part of B…

 

 

The stitch length and width of many of the stitches are adjustable, which gives you even more creative choices. I used a variegated rayon thread and the open toe foot  to practice some stitches on a piece of velvet that I wanted to use for a pocket on my Fidget Quilt. The machine had no problem handling this light-weight thread on the heavy fabric.

 

Decorative stitches using rayon thread on velvet
Decorative stitches using rayon thread on velvet

 

I stitched my velvet pocket front to a piece of cotton, right sides together, across the top. The cotton was about 2″ longer than the velvet, so I lined up the bottom of the velvet pocket with the bottom of the cotton and stitched on the 2 long sides. When turned right-side out, there was a band of the cotton at the top of the velvet pocket and the bottom was left open.

 

Pocket turned right side out, creating a band at the top
Pocket turned right side out

 

I made another pocket, this time using Velcro along the top edges. I used the open toe foot so I could see exactly where to place my stitches. Again, the NQ900 had no problem stitching through the sometimes difficult Velcro strips. I sewed a piece of decorative braid on the pocket front and then the 2 pocket pieces were stitched, right sides together, turned and pressed.

 

Sewing Velcro across the top of the pocket, using the open toe foot
Sewing Velcro across the top of the pocket, using the open toe foot

 

Pocket front and back were stitched right sides together.
Pocket front and back were stitched right sides together.

 

Pocket is turned right side out and pressed
Pocket is turned right side out and pressed

 

I’ll be featuring a lot more of the decorative stitches on the NQ900 in an upcoming project, so be sure to watch for it on the QUILTsocial blog starting February 27, 2017.

For some added texture on my Fidget quilt, I made 2 yo-yos from a 3½” and a 5″ circle cut from silky polyester fabric. I hand-stitched around the edge of each circle, about ¼” in from the edge, using a long basting stitch. I pulled up the threads to make the yo-yos and then fastened the threads securely. The small yo-yo was stitched to the large one, through the center.

 

Stitching around the edge of the yo-yo circle
Stitching around the edge of the yo-yo circle

 

Threads are pulled tight and secured to make 1 yo-yo
Threads are pulled tight and secured to make 1 yo-yo

 

Small yo-yo securely fastened to the large one
Small yo-yo securely fastened to the large one

 

Come back tomorrow and I’ll show you how to sew all the bits and pieces together to finish the Fidget Quilt using the Brother NQ900.

 

 

This is part 3 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 2: Making a Fidget Quilt with the Brother NQ900 machine

Go to part 4: Using embellishing techniques on the Fidget Quilt

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 Comment

  1. JennaO

    I would love to try that machine!

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