Something I’ve bought long ago and never worn: a vest made of denim, which is a bit dull. Because we are all using our decorative stitches of our sewing machine for the Crazy Colors Mystery Quilt 2017 , why not these too for making this vest a little bit more interesting?
Of course I will make the decorative stitches on the BERNINA 770QE, with presser foot #20C.
But first I’ve checked where the double seams are, thick and not easy to work on. How deep they go through on the inside of the vest, and what I could decorate. Not much, I just want to make some accents with Magico/Superior Threads – 100% polyester thread, thick (Weight 40) and also available in NEON colors (which I like very much). Thread of lesser Weight could dissapear in the denim, while Neon colors will stand out, and that’s the idea!
I’ve placed them on the bottom back: the facing keeps curling up, so decorating them with stitches is also useful. I have sewn in a slow pace, because of the tickness of the double seams. No pushing and pulling, just let the stitch do the work…
Because I found out that decorative stitches alone were not enough, I’ve made an embroidery motif – with my embroidery module – on a blue batik fabric with Rayon thread. I’ve cut the fabric in shape, and ironed it onto Heat’n Bond Lite.
Someting important: every time I’ve started I’ve pulled the bobbin thread to the top. This is the only way I am sure no birds nest will appear to the wrong side of the denim… I will hold both threads in my hand – top and bobbin – while making the first couple of stitches, or back tacking, anchoring the threads. After making the decorative stitches, the thread tails are clipped.
The back of the vest is ‘ready ‘- even if you can always add more decorative stitches, for me this was enough – I’ve made a couple of rows of stitches on the front of the vest, just to catch the eye, in the same colors.
I am happy with my ‘new’ vest: now I will wear it for sure! An quick and easy way to transform a dull garment into an eye-catcher.
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