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How to sew on trim

Carolinemary | Posted in Fabric and Trim on

I am making a piano runner for my daughter and am having trouble sewing the tasselled fringe on the edges. I have tried using the machine and sewing by hand and am not satisfied with the looks of it. Any suggestions would be appreciated.


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    ThreadKoe | | #1

    Is this the fringe with the gimp edging? The back and forth corded ribbon? Try using a very long stitch length with a narrow zig zag stitch just along the stitched lines on the gimp. You could even use a blind hem stitch with the blind hem foot on your machine to tack it in place along the very edge of the gimp if you want something a little more invisible. It is a very flexible trim, and pulls out of shape easily, so try not to pull on it as you are sewing it on. As it is a trim, you can use a long stitch length. Cathy

  2. MaryinColorado | | #2

    Have you tried using "invisible" thread?  Use the polyester, not the nylon.  It comes in clear or smoke and works great when you want "invisible" stitching. 


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      ThreadKoe | | #3

      That is the greatest invisible thread! I tried it for the first time for the machine beading, and I am sold. I never liked the nylon stuff. It really hides well. Cathy

      1. MaryinColorado | | #4

        Yes, the nylon kinked up and couldn't be ironed or it melted and stretched.  The YLI or Sulky Polyester invisible threads are my favorite brands so far.  (If Madeira makes one, I'm sure it would be fine too, and maybe Robinson Anton.)  I use it for couching too.  I'm glad to hear that it works great for machine beading, now I won't have to "borrow" the fishing line when I practice learning to bead again on the serger.  Thanks for sharing that little sparkling gem!!!  Mary

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          ThreadKoe | | #5

          I bought it to use to bead the individual beads for free motion beading. I used it for the top and bobbin threads just to experiment, and was pretty happy with it. Not bad for a new technique and a new thread! Cathy

          1. MaryinColorado | | #6

            That's good to know.  I have not tried it in both the bobbin and the needle at the same time.  Thanks for sharing, I'll be trying it when I get a chance. 

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            Thimblefingers | | #7

            This might take a little practice, but when I have tricky trims and laces to sew on, I remove my presser foot, use the polyester invisible thread like the others mentioned, lower my feed dogs, set stitche length to 0, and sew free motion.  The presser foot doesn't catch or push the threads in the trims and doesn't stretch it.  It also allows you to control the trim more easily.

          3. Carolinemary | | #8

            Thanks for the this tip, which I never would have thought of.Caroline mary

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            ThreadKoe | | #9

            Good Point! Will put this in my resource book under tips and hints. Thanks. Cathy

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