Want to look stylish on the beach or at the pool? Take a plain and ordinary white knit swimsuit cover-up and add some spice with embroidery and corded embellishment. The SA157 Brother Five-Hole Cording Foot makes this type of embellishment easy to accomplish. Add a lightweight embroidery design to the bottom hem area to top off this stylish look and enjoy the compliments you’re sure to get! Are you ready? Let’s go sew!
Materials and Supplies:
- Brother Sewing and Embroidery Machine with 4-inch by 4-inch hoop.
- Brother Polyester Embroidery Threads in desired colors for embroidery design.
- Brother Bobbin Thread for Embroidery
- SA157 5-Groove cording foot for 7mm machines
- SA540 Brother Pacesetter Light Weight Wash-Away Stabilizer for stitching neckline and embroidering motif.
- SA5906 Brother Pacesetter Light Weight Adhesive Backed Wash-Away Stabilizer for stitching hemline.
- SA5931 Brother Pacesetter Fusible Cut-Away Stabilizer or SA5929 Brother Pacesetter Heavy Cut-Away combined with temporary embroidery adhesive spray for embroidering motif.
- Size 11 Embroidery needle for embroidering.
- Sewing thread for sewing cording.
- Stretch needle size 11 for sewing on the knit fabric.
- Large-eyed tapestry needle for weaving thread tails to back side.
- Threading tool such as a dental floss threader to insert cords into foot.
- Super fine, crochet cotton or similar thread to use for cording.
- Plain white swimsuit cover-up similar to the tank style dress shown here.
- Featured embroidery design is available on the Brother iBroidery Design Download site.
See design below:
Steps to Create Swimsuit Cover-Up
- Gather your supplies to prepare for embellishing the neckline. See Figure #1.
- Set up machine for sewing. It’s best to thread cording into foot before attaching it to the machine. We’ll do that next, but before you begin it’s a good idea to find some fabric remnants similar to your garment and give this technique a trial run. Select a stitch that will “jump” over the cords. You could use something as simple as a multi-step zig zag or opt for the stitch and stitch settings I used here. See Figure #2.
- Feed cords into the foot leaving long tails at the back. See Figure #3.
- For alternative stitches, be sure to test the settings, choosing a width that covers the cords from side to side, and a length that is not too dense.
- For the actual neckline, begin by reeling off enough cording to go all around the neckline with approximately 10-inches extra. See Figure #4.
- I used all five holes for the neckline, cutting five lengths of cording. Starting at the back of the foot, feed each cord into the holes, threading from the top of the foot to the bottom. Knot the ends and pull threads to the back of the foot. Place strips of wash-way stabilizer underneath the neckline. Start your stitching at the center front leaving 3-inches of cording behind the foot so you can tie and form a tassel at the end. See Figure #5.
- Stitch evenly along the neckline, smoothing the fabric in front of, and behind the foot without stretching it. Take care that you don’t tug on the cords – let them flow loosely as you stitch. Sew until you reach the beginning point, then pull the cords out of the way and finish at the center front. See Figure #6.
- Tie cords into a tight knot and trim evenly to form a tassel. See Figure #7a and #7b.
- Cut pieces of adhesive stabilizer 3-inches wide to attach to the wrong side at the hemline. It’s likely your hemline will have a curve so it’s best to use short pieces. See Figure #8a and Figure 8b.
- Insert just three cords into the back slots on the foot for a lighter finish at the hem. Begin stitching at one side seam and sew free-form waves stitching all along the hem. Stop at the point where you began. See Figure #9.
- Use the tapestry needle to weave the thread tails to the wrong side. Attach the regular presser foot to the machine and anchor the cords by stitching over them with a straight stitch. Trim excess, leaving short tails of cording. See Figure #10a, #10b, and #10c.
- Set up machine for embroidery. Attach stabilizer to the wrong side, placing it near the hem area of the dress.
- Hoop the dress to prepare for embroidery, adding a layer of wash-away stabilizer for additional support. Select the fish design. You can give it a fun spin by rotating it so it appears to be coming up out of the waves. See Figure #10.
- When finished with embroidery, remove all excess wash-away stabilizer and then trim cut-away leaving a small margin around the design.
You are finished and ready to head for some fun in the sun! Enjoy!