My eldest sister likes to make cross sttich projects. But to have them framed each time is impossible. She made a quilt out of three of these projects, and used a beautiful borderprint to ‘frame’ them with fabrics to make a bedrunner.
I’ve used Lizzy/Scheepjeswol: this is a thin, cord like metallic yarn, used for knitting and crochet. I have used it for couching – because that is what you will do with the Freemotion couching foot #43. The yarn is available in 11 colors; I’ve used the gold (number 03). The yarn is actually a bit thin for the opening of the couching foot: using thicker cord (1 1/2 to 2 mm) is easier, because the straight stitch that will be made in the center of the cord catches thicker cord better than this slightly open yarn. But because I have worked slowly, it came out fine.
For the top and bobbin I’ve used DecoBob/Wonderfil in a matching color. The straight stitch will blend in if you use a matching color. You can also use a monofil, transparent thread… or even a contrasting color, for dramatic effect.
For different types of Bernina machines, you will need the small thread guide – this will be attatched to the bottom of your thread cutter, on the side of your machine. Please read the manual before attatching these thread guides.
I have pulled the metallic yarn through the eye of the threader, pulled it through all the holes of the foot, and placed the foot on my machine. I’ve lowered the feed dogs and my machine is ready for freemotion couching.
and the foot is placed on my machine. Everything is ready for couching. Be sure to use a machine needle 80/12: this is advised in the manual and also on the video (below this message). Also be sure the position of the needle is in the middle, and the needlestop is ‘down’.
I’ve made a sample first, and noticed that I had to lower the upper tention quite a bit. It is reccomended to always make a sample first, to see if the effect is what you want. Another thing caught my eye: look at the presser foot indication on the upper left of the screen of my machine: it stell says ‘1C’. Allthough I’ve clicked on presser foot #43, nothing changed, I only saw a message telling me what kind of presser foot #43 is. With some sewing machines there is no visible change after clicking on a different presser foot, but with other machines the presser foot of your choice will appear on the screen, when selected. It was no problem with my machine: I’ve placed the couching foot, lowered the feed dogs and it worked ok.
I’ve used some printed lines of the fabric as guidence, for couching with the metallic yarn. I’ve also worked around the cross sttich. Luckely my sister didn’t quilt in the fabric, so my ‘quilting’/couching looked great. I hade to beware of puckering etc. because she already binded the quilt, but in the end everything went smooth.
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