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Three Ways to Use the Blind Stitch for Embellishment

Threads magazine - 145 – Oct./Nov. 2009 Issue
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Almost every basic sewing machine has a blind stitch. This humble stitch, used for sewing hems, is intended to be invisible. But here, utility blossoms into embellishment in three unique ways. First, Susan Cleveland adds a perfect touch to inset piping that looks like a precise hand stitch. Next, Judith Neukam sews a romantic scalloped edge with pearl cotton. Finally, Kenneth D. King mimics a hand fell stitch on knife pleats. All three techniques require a heavy thread such as buttonhole twist or fine pearl cotton to distinctly punctuate the stitch. See how three designers use specialty thread and the garden-variety blind stitch to create elegant, understated finishing touches. Learn how to take a utility stitch and make it beautiful. From Threads #145

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