So I decided that I wanted to sew some project bags using vinyl and denim, but I wanted to jazz them up somehow. I didn’t feel like piecing or weaving or anything beyond using a single panel of denim. Then I remembered that Chet, my Brother CS7130 Stitch Computerized Sewing Machine, had a bunch of fancy stitches that I hadn’t used that would be perfection. And my pursuit of creating a jazzy textile for my project bags began.
Fabrics & Thread Used by Moi
All fabrics are Solid Textured Denim from Art Gallery Fabrics and threads are Cotton 28wt Aurifil.
Getting Started with Decorative Stitching
I had the three colors of denim listed above with each giving me an opportunity to come up with a new design. For all three colors, I decided on a combination of two unique stitches sewn 15 mm apart using a contrast thread. [NOTE: The measurement boxes on the machine near the needle are 5 mm apart, so I used those for 15 mm & 30 mm and then for 45 mm I added a piece of washi tape.] The red was first because I was feeling all festive and chose a gold thread. The machine has these neato leave and branch variations, so I went with the 63/68 combo.
The next was blue and I went with the traditional yellow/orange top stitch color that you see on most jeans. As I was perusing the various stitches on the panel, I noticed a bunch of squared quilty ones, so I picked 60 and 61 and went for it. Although I didn’t expect it, when it was done it resembled traditional Greek Design Patterns, which I thought was pretty rad.
The final was the mustard denim and I chose a navy thread because those two colors together are like Bert & Ernie. The final stitches on the panel are these super cool square curly cue things. Choosing 98 and 99, I went full speed ahead and came out with a design that can only be described as A+ awesome.
And look at what it did to what would otherwise be a basic project bag.
And like I’ve used these for my project bags, but the application of these stitches are endless and my brain has already begun churning with ideas: pockets, cuffs, variegated thread, quilt binding, sleeves, pillows, different thread colors.
How Do You Use Decorative Stitching?
My head is about to explode I’m so excited!!! So basically expect to see a lot more of this in my projects. And I hope to see in some of yours as well! Oooooh. Ooooooh. Also, if you’ve got any ideas on how to use these stitches, share them in the comments so I can steal them…Please and Thank You!
Solid Textured Denim is an Art Gallery Fabrics product and Brother International Corporation makes no representations or warranties regarding such product.
Cotton 28wt Aurifil thread is an Aurifil product and Brother International Corporation makes no representations or warranties regarding such product.