Decorative stitching, Border designs, Procedure – SINGER 1288 User Manual

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Decorative Stitching

Your sewing machine has several stitches which are
purely decorative. These versatile stitches allow you
to add imagination and creativity to your sewing proj­
ects. With these decorative stitches, you can apply to
clothes and household items: interesting details,
youthful and feminine accents, and personalized ef­
fects. Some of the many applications of the decorative

stitches include border designs, applique, twin-needle
stitching, finished hems, smpcking, embroidering,
monograms and topstitching accent lines on clothes.

The following pages illustrate decorative stitches on
your machine and provide examples for their creative


Border Designs

Border designs that add a decorative touch to wearing

apparel and household items can be created by com­
bining different types of straight stitching and zig-zag
stitching. Simple or elaborate, delicate or bold, they
can be varied to suit the application. Use them as you
would a braid or to simulate horizontal, vertical or

bias stripes on plain fabric.


Mark or crease fabric for the centre line of first row of

stitching. If spacing between rows is not greater than

1.3 cm (1 /2 inch), gauge additional rows with the pres­

ser foot. If spacing is wider, mark for each line of
stitching. Use a backing of crisp lawn, organdy or a fu­
sible interfacing. Be sure to make a test sample on a
swatch of your fabric to check stitch settings and
thread tension, being sure to duplicate thickness and

interfacing or backing if appropriate.