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Video: How to Machine-Bead a Design

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Video Length: 3:42
Produced by: Evamarie Gomez and Judith Neukam; Shot by: Gary Junken

If you love the luxurious look of beading but hesitate to hand-sew countless beads, try machine beading. In "Machine Beading", Threads #170 (December 2013/January 2014), author Cindy Rowell explains how to machine bead a beautiful flower design. Watch this quick Threads Essential Techniques video tutorial to see just how easy it is to machine bead any design you wish using this method.

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Have you used machine beading in your sewing? If so, what projects have you used this technique on? If not, do you plan on trying this technique?

Comments (14)

sewinggal1 sewinggal1 writes: Having done beading by hand, I don't think this is any faster, but now that I have nerve damage and can't do hand work, this does provide an alternative method. I will be trying it with an embroidery hoop, to keep the fabric taught and flat. I noticed that the fabric tends to lift up and bunch up when she does the beading. I'm sure a hoop would make it easier. Thanks for the video! :)
Posted: 5:45 pm on November 8th

mylisa mylisa writes: Interesting, but easier by hand, I think.
Posted: 2:27 pm on November 28th

user-2126926 user-2126926 writes: This beading by machine idea is perfect for Christmas Cards. Thank you for the timely printing of this wonderful idea.
Connie Mama Designs
Posted: 4:29 pm on November 9th

newimage newimage writes: Greetings Evamarie Gomez, many thanks for your reply. As at this evening (Australian Eastern Standard Summertime) on November 6, I have been able to successfully watch "Machine Beading" and thoroughly enjoyed it! Nothing wrong with any other sites except Threads Insider and my Adobe is the latest version - guess it was just a glitch between here and the USA but soooo annoying. I too think it is quicker by hand but that's only because I'm used to beading that way. Will have to try this even just for the experience.
Posted: 6:49 am on November 6th

EvamarieGomez EvamarieGomez writes: To 60_plus_learner: I’ve done some testing and cannot duplicate the same error. Is this occurring with all videos or just this one? I suspect that your (Adobe) Flash plug-ins may not be up-to-date. Please make sure you have installed the latest version of Flash (visit http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/), clear out your browser’s cache, and try again. If this doesn’t work, please call our customer service department at 800-477-8727. Please let us know if you continue to experience issues with viewing this video.

Best Regards,
Evamarie Gomez
Web Producer

Posted: 2:34 pm on November 1st

newimage newimage writes: TAKE 2:
Yet again in trying to view video stream "Machine Beading", Threads #170 (December 2013/January 2014), author Cindy Rowell I am faced with this Error Code:
VE_FMS_CONNECT_FAILED 'Please try again later'
This also happened in September 2013, everything normal until now - nothing my end has changed - soooooo annoying!
Even emailed Threads but so far have only received their automatic response but I will persist!
Posted: 4:02 am on November 1st

MomWiz MomWiz writes: This is wonderful information for those not used to hand sewing. I don't think it will reduce the number of "countless beads" that the description suggests, though! As an ardent hand stitcher in several techniques, my first question was "Why?" For myself and apparently several others on this forum, hand sewing would be faster and more reliable. Still, I will try it just to test the theory! Thanks for the demo.
Posted: 7:32 pm on October 29th

newimage newimage writes: Yet again in trying to view video stream "Machine Beading", Threads #170 (December 2013/January 2014), author Cindy Rowell I am faced with this Error Code:
VE_FMS_CONNECT_FAILED 'Please try again later'
This also happened in September 2013, everything normal until now - nothing my end has changed - soooooo annoying!
Posted: 6:49 pm on October 29th

user-1109870 user-1109870 writes: I have sewn thousands of beads on garments and quilts. Hand stitching rules!! Much faster and neater!
Posted: 6:03 pm on October 29th

MaryCorbet MaryCorbet writes: Great idea, but much, much faster and more accurate by hand, especially if using a tambour hook!
Posted: 6:03 pm on October 29th

sandysewin sandysewin writes: It looks intriguing, but seems to me that it would be neater and faster to do it by hand.
Posted: 4:59 pm on October 29th

Couture111 Couture111 writes: Quicker to do it by hand!

Posted: 4:54 pm on October 29th

hermom hermom writes: What a fun technique to learn how to do. I will keep this in my "bag of tricks"
Posted: 1:46 pm on October 29th

linrussell linrussell writes: Wow that is so cool!!! Thanks for showing a great video tips of techniques.
Posted: 11:36 am on October 28th

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