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Using PFAFF’s passport 3.0 stitches to add charming details to a table topper

 

Today’s a great day for a finish! In yesterday’s post I used charm squares to start making a lucky table topper. Today we’ll finish it up by adding some decorative stitches with PFAFF’s passport 3.0.

 

The finished lucky table topper features decorative stitches made with the PFAFF passport 3.0.
The finished lucky table topper

 

To start, trim the excess ¼” off of the edge of the square sides of the topper with a quilting ruler, so that they match up with the edges of the triangular sides. Repeat on all four square sides.

 

Trimming the excess fabric from the square edges of the table topper.
Trimming the square edges of the table topper

 

Then trim the ‘dog ears’ from the diagonal sides.

 

Trim the dog ears from each of the diagonal sides of the table topper after trimming the side squares.
Trim the dog ears

 

Now the topper is ready to be sewn together using the envelope method. I could have trimmed the batting and backing even with the topper and then pinned the layers together – but I didn’t!

Instead, I put the batting on my cutting mat and the backing fabric right side up on top of it. Then I placed the topper on top, right side down, with one edge lined up with the other two pieces. Next, I pinned around the outside edge of the topper, marking my turning gap by putting in two pins where I’m supposed to stop sewing.

 

Layers pinned together
Layers pinned together

 

I used the basic stitch 00 and the needle down button. I used the reverse stitch button at the beginning and end to secure the sides of my turning gap.

I found the sewing guides on the presser feet really helpful for finishing this topper – sorry in advance for a lot of closeups, but for me, this is the part I like to see. What’s different about this machine? How does it make it easier, more precise to sew my seams? In this case, the circle in the outside edge of the presser foot helped me turn the corner. I lined the circle up with the edge of my topper.

 

The presser feet that come with the passport 3.0 have several different guide marks to make it easy to accurately turn corners and keep your seams consistent.
Circle guides on presser foot

 

Then I lifted the presser foot and turned the topper. Perfect alignment!

 

The guide marks on the passport 3.0 presser foot make it easy to keep seams even when going around a corner.
Using presser foot guide to turn corner

 

Once I had sewn all the way around to the spot where I had put the two pins (to mark the spot for turning) it was time to trim all the excess backing and batting. I lined up the ¼” on my quilting ruler with the stitched line.

 

The excess batting and backing is trimmed away from the table topper prior to turning right side out.
Trimmed table topper

 

Turn by pulling fabric through the gap. I finger pressed the gap closed and used a pin to secure it.
I changed back to a black thread and lined up the red outer marker on the 0A presser foot to topstitch ⅛” from the edge.

 

The passport 3.0 presser foot has red marks on each side of the needle to follow in order to make topstitching consistent.
Using the presser foot guide for topstitching

 

After that I really wanted to use some of the decorative stitches I had played with earlier in the week.

I started stitching on the silver/white fabric with stitch 86, lining up the red guide mark with my topstitching. As I approached the the white/black background fabric I had the idea to change my stitch! So I did 🙂

 

Using decorative stitches on the passport 3.0 to add accents beside the topstitched edge on the table topper.
Decorative stitches beside the topstitching

 

I switched to stitch 90 in the white/black background, then continued to alternate stitches as I progressed around the topper. To change the stitch I pressed the needle up/down button to lift it out of the fabric, then I selected the stitch. I pressed the needle down button again and continued with the new stitch until I got to the next background change.

Last but not least, I echo quilted ¼” away from the shamrock with black thread and the basic stitch 00; this required changing back to the 0A presser foot. I used the ¼” dash guide on the presser foot to help me keep a consistent distance away from the shamrock as I went around. I used the reverse stitch button at the end of my stitching to secure the threads before lifting the needle and cutting the threads.

 

Using the regular sewing stitch on the passport 3.0 to echo quilt around applique motifs to secure the layers and add a bit of texture to your project.
Echo quilting around the clover leaf

 

I’m really happy with how my lucky table topper turned out. I think it’ll hang out in my sewing space for a little bit!

 

The lucky table topper and pincushion made with the PFAFF passport 3.0.
Lucky table topper and pincushion

 

The lucky table topper and pincushion made with the passport 3.0 will brighten your sewing space and might even encourage you to make and finish more projects this month!

 

PFAFF passport 3.0
PFAFF passport 3.0

 

This weeks adventure with the PFAFF passport 3.0 has made me feel really lucky. The features of the machine make it easy for me to bring my ideas to life with accuracy in a short amount of time. I’m already thinking about what’s next 😉 Good luck in your quilting adventures!

 

 

This is part 5 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 4: Using charm squares to sew a lucky table topper

I love to play with color and *quilts* are my playground! A self-taught quilter, I've been designing quilts for almost 20 years. I'm inspired by happy fabrics, selvages, traditional blocks and nature. I'm also a wife, mother, and elementary school teacher, and enjoy drinking coffee on my front porch in northern Ontario.

1 Comment

  1. Elizabeth Matthiesen

    Beautiful! My sister-in-law is a big quilter and has made baby quilts for all of my grandchildren. I am lucky enough to have a couple of full sized quilts, it’s what she loves doing the most.

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