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By Glenda Sparling, Ranita Corp.
Needle a little excitement in your life? Just FabriquéTM it!
Wow, fabric embellishment -- better than ever. FabriquéTM (rhymes with appliqué), is the new magic of fabric embellishment, machine embroidery, and appliqué.
In my book, Wrapped in FabriquéTM, you will find many exciting and stimulating embellishment techniques like scrunching for texture, dribbling -- an exciting form of cable stitching, tubes 'n tunnels, woven magic, FabriquéTM Mélange and many other embellishment processes.
Here, I would like to share with you the FabriquéTM technique of puckering with scribble stitches. Puckering is a form of freehand embroidery, without using an embroidery hoop. The fabric is pulled, puckered up, and molded as you scribble stitch. This process in itself creates a three-dimensional surface. Puckering is a truly easy, no mistake type of fabric manipulation. Simply follow these easy steps and guidelines. Have the following supplies on hand:
1. Machine is set for straight stitching.
2. Use regular thread tension. Tensions can also be increased or decreased, which will change the final effect of the stitching on the fabric.
3. Use either a contrasting color of rayon, metallic or cotton-polyester thread, or use thread that blends in color with the fabric to be puckered.
4. Use a darning foot or spring darning needle on the machine. Make sure the accompanying needle is new. If sewing with metallic or rayon thread, change the needle in the spring darning needle to a new embroidery or metafil needle.
5. Any fabric that is light to medium weight and is drapable can be puckered. For example: chiffon, lightweight satin, silky polyester, polyester micro-fibers, or soft drapy silks.
6. Because this employs freehand stitching, the feed dog is down or covered, and not engaged.
7. Begin stitching fabric that has not been secured in a hoop. As you stitch, leave at least 1" (2.5 cm) of fabric at the edges so that you will have some fabric to hold on to as you stitch close to the edge. Since there is no hoop stabilizing the work, as the machine takes stitch after stitch, the fabric will automatically pull up and bubble or pucker onto itself.
8. Stitching should be in circles, semi-circles, shell formations, or you can wander the stitches in a cornelly-type of design. (Cornelly is similar to a stippling stitch). Think of this as scribbling with stitches on top of the fabric. The closer you keep the stitches, the tighter the bubbles and puckers will be. Occasionally, the fabric may get pulled down into the throat plate. Stop stitching immediately and pull the fabric back up. Keep a slow, even, and consistent speed when running the machine. Use both hands to guide the fabric while stitching.
Once the fabric is puckered, if you want to use it as part of your embellished garment, bond the wrong side with paper-backed fusible webbing, cut the desired pattern shape, and peel back the paper backing from the fusible webbing. You are now ready to apply this puckered fabric onto the backing or background fabric.
Further to this fabric puckering technique, you can now add decorative machine stitches, beadwork, couched yarns, braids, or heavy, decorative threads on the top of the surface.
Puckered fabric can be cut into any pattern shape. Depending on the quantity of fabric you pucker, you could cut yokes, cuffs, or collars from it. Or, you can cut irregular shapes and use it to create contrast and embellishment on any jacket, vest, or blouse pattern. Let FabriquéTM become part of your life and have fun with all your embellishment projects.
Excerpted from Wrapped in FabriquéTM, by Glenda Sparling, published by Ranita Corp. Publications.
Ranita Corp also sells Sure-Fit DesignsTM -- a multi-sized pattern system that gives the quickest way to achieve excellent personalized fit .
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