Flower elibroioery – SINGER 1200 Athena User Manual

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In free-motion stitching, you sew without a
presser foot and control fabric movement by
means of an embroidery hoop. Either a
straight or a plain zig-zag stitch can be used.
Because you can move the hoop in any direc­
tion — forward or backward, from side to side,

or even diagonally — free-motion stitching is
extremely useful for embroidery designs. On
the other hand, it is equally useful for darning.

if you are embroidering, you can vary the
length of stitches simply by moving the hoop

faster or slower under the needle. The faster
you move the hoop, the longer the stitches will

be. You can also vary the width of zig-zag
stitches from wide to narrow by controlling the

angle at which the hoop is placed and moved
under the needle.

For darning, the embroidery hoop used in

free-motion stitching enables you to hold the
fabric taut — a real advantage when your
fabric is lightweight or soft and thus likely to

pucker. See page 32 for directions.


Pattern; zig-zag §

® Stitch width: to suit fabric
® Feed cover needle plate
a No presser foot


Trace design on right side of fabric. .P.*'epare
the area to be embroidered using an underlay

if the fabric is soft. Place the work in an

embroidery hoop approximately 7 inches

(18cm) in diameter. If the design to be

embroidered covers a large area, it will be

necessary to reposition the work in the hoop

as each section is completed.

The darning and embroidery foot may be used

to assist fabric control.


1. Position work under needle and


presser bar to engage tension.


Hold needle thread loosely and turn hand


toward you

to bring bobbin thread up

through fabric. Hold both thread ends and

lower needle Into fabric.

3. Stitch, outlining or filling in design with zig­

zag stitches. For a smooth, satiny surface,

place parallel stitches close together, mov­
ing hoop slowly and steadily. For an irregu­
lar texture, move the hoop more rapidly,

allowing some stitches to overlap.

A series of bar-tacks can be used to form
spray-like leaves or flowers. This technique
adds variety and lightness to many designs.
Leaves and petals formed in this way may
carry the thread from one bar tack to the next.
This carrying thread eliminates tying of the
thread ends.

Compfeted Flower Design