Darlene’s Threads: Fringe Benefits
Hi Sewing Friends,
Today’s machines are always evolving to increase their functionality with interesting stitch patterns and unique presser feet. If you’re fortunate enough to have a machine with an included fringe foot, like the Singer Anniversary 160 machine or this month’s Today’s Special, you’re in for a treat!
The surface embellishment known as “fringe” is made with thread. This airy, flirty and feminine frill is full of fun! You can loop it, eyelash it or ‘mow the grass’ with it. Here’s how it works.
The presser foot has a metal raised bar in the center. This is the hurdle that the thread has to pass over before penetrating each side sweep of your zigzag stitch. Passing over across this bar makes the loops, and cutting the loops makes the fringe.
- Fringe Foot
- 12 wt. cotton thread for thicker fringe, as seen in blue on the chart
- 40 wt. embroidery thread for softness and sheen, as seen in green on the chart
- Variegated for a multi-colored affect
- Thread your machine and bobbin
- Attach the fringe foot
- Follow the selections from the chart below. All tension settings were at 1.
|Slant Overage||.05||2 two rows|
|Stretch Overage||S1||2 one side cut|
|Satin Stitch||.04||5 loops cut|
The exact settings were used for the blue, 12 wt. cotton thread and the green, 40 wt. embroidery thread fringe.
On the 5th example down, I cut the threads on the side that swept over, not the locking side. Then I added a satin stitch over the thread path to add an anchor row for stability.
TIP* The shorter the stitch length, the thicker the fringe; and the narrower the stitch, the longer the fringe. It’s best to use a ’stretch over casting’ if you’re making the eyelash. This locking stitch will help anchor one side of the stitching, so your lashes won’t fall out.
TIP* Be sure to stabilize the fabric first, so the fringe stitching doesn’t tunnel.
Did you know that you can use Singer Futura’s Hyperfont to make monograms? Using the software wizard, just import one letter at a time and change the color of the letter once you place it in the hoop. Then you can manipulate – highlight and enlarge or stretch, flip, or rotate – each letter individually for a personalized monogram. You can also use one of the 30 frames to customize the overall outline. Try it!
WHEN TO WATCH
- On April 10th there will be a brand-new Singer Today’s Special. More to come!
- 12 a.m., 1 a.m., 7 a.m., 8 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 7 p.m., & 10 p.m.!
Thanks for stopping by!
See you next month,