Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Lock Stitches

For the last year, I've struggled with making locking stitches on the longarm look nice.  At first, I was using a backtracking method, but that really stood out on the back because the rest of the stitching wasn't backtracked.

Then I tried taking one stitch at a time, moving the machine a small fraction with each stitch.  That was better, but time consuming.

And now my new method, which I happened upon when reading an article by Kim Brunner.  She does one stitch at a time, but pulls on the thread tails to move the fabric.  What a revelation!

To show you how this is done, I've put together a video of the process

Now isn't that awesome?

Here are pictures of the top
and the bottom
Much better than was I was getting before!

So, a really big thank you to Kim Brunner!  She is an excellent teacher and I highly recommend her 'Machine Quilting with Templates' class through Craftsy.com.
I love Craftsy--it's a great way to take a class! Work at your own pace, have access to the class forever, all without having to pack your sewing machine!  A big win-win!

I hope you give the lock stitch technique a try, and check out Kim's class.

Happy Quilting!
   
 


    

3 comments:

  1. Thank you for the video. I have signed up for Kim's Craftsy class but have not started at this time. Guess I need to get started.
    blindsay1947

    ReplyDelete
  2. Fabulous! Thank you so much for the lock-stitching video.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Great idea and good video. I doubt if it would work with the computerized stitching... do you have that option? I've got mine set up to so 3 or 4 stitches -- it stitches the 3 stitches and then goes back to the beginning takes and stitch and then goes forward whatever amount of space the first stitches took. Um, no, now I have a big stitch over the little stitches. And, often it doesn't really lock the stitches in. Need to talk to the company about this issue. Sigh.

    ReplyDelete

Any comments you want to share? I'd love to hear from you!