InstructionsSet up your sewing machine with a darning foot and lowered feed dogs. Pick a fabric panel with a simple design to learn on. Use a neutral thread in the bobbin and choose a thread for the needle that highlights or adds depth to the design on the panel. Back the panel with batting. Use free motion quilting to add thread 'painting' to the design on the panel. Use the thread painting to add texture, ...
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Type of item: Home Decor
Style: Casual, Whimsical, Romantic
quilting cotton panels, Sulky rayon thread, Presencia cotton thread, batting, sewing machine with feed dogs lowered, darning foot
What was your inspiration?
Free-motion quilting, trapunto, and other surface embellishment ideas
What are you most proud of?
The level of detail in the embellishment
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Patience and Practice! Work on several practice pieces to get the smooth motion. I took a class on this several years ago and it was a disaster--but I kept practicing and now I just love it! Keep the motion of the fabric as smooth as you can and I've found it works best to keep the machine moving at a constant medium-high speed. I've also found I need to loosen my machine's top tension.