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Are you ready to use the decorative stitches on your sewing machine, creating more interestingly beautiful quilts?

Have you ever glanced at a decorative stitch on your sewing machine's stitch chart and thought... hmmmm I don't recall ever using that stitch. I just like to keep it simple.

Do you remember when you bought your sewing machine and thought of all the endless projects you have dreaming about? I know investing in your machine also includes investing in some very heavenly stitches you can apply to your next sewing and machine quilting projects.

Yet like me, after ignoring 1 out of 50 decorative stitches or truly ignoring 49 out of 50 decorative stitches after millions of stitches on traditional sewing machines I lost site of their instantly brilliant potential. And here are all these unlimited decorative stitches patiently waiting their turn.

For example, let's take a simple stitch that is repeatedly provided on nearly every sewing machine - the round eyelet button hole stitch, typically located with the long button hole stitches on the decorative stitch chart.

machine quilting on a fabric panel using decorative stitches
using the eyelet button hole stitch on 49360 Janome sewing machine, gracious loaned to me to me by St. Aug Sew, to create the class sample using decorative stitches 5mm wide and 5 mm long.... had more fun than you could image with only 60 different stitches.

If you are in my class at Indiana Heritage Quilt is a sneak peak.

I could not resist using it on several other panels, plus took a leap of faith and serendipitously applied an eyelet button hole to an adorable sewing room sign gift.

donkey quilt using machine quilting and decorative stitches
Love this colorful donkey wall hanging I free motion quilted on my long arm then used eyelet button hole decorative stitch on my traditional machine around the yellow centers of the white daisies.

As you go forward with your next project you'll begin to realize the endlessly fun creative opportunities for using those decorative designs. And because there is batting and backing present no need to stabilize. Give it a try!

Hope this helps!

Yours in the love of quilting, Sally Terry


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