Embellishment Favorite: Free Motion Quilting with Monofilament Thread
Free Motion Stitching around motifs in fabric is FUN! Especially when using Monofilament Thread. Check out the photos below to see what neat ‘trapunto’ look this achieves.
Free Motion Technique
- Drop feed dogs
- Monofilament Thread in the needle (I use a 75 stretch needle). Read about the 3 monofilament threads I use and recommend at my last Blog Post HERE.
- Regular thread in the bottom.
- Install free motion darning foot.
- Stitch at a fast speed, but move with slow, consistent motion, holding area taut with your hands.
- Test. If the bobbin thread shows, lower the upper tension until it doesn’t show.
- The beauty of this technique is that with the monofilament thread, the stitching doesn’t really show as much, so you can stitch til your heart is content – gaining confidence and creating a great look all at the same time.
- This stitching so completely ‘joins’ fabrics that they act as one, don’t ‘bubble’, etc.
Check out these pictures of some of my work.
On these next photos, you can also see what I call “FABRIC FUR” – watch for details on that in my next Blog Post