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The Entredeux Stitch is used for joining fabric and lace edges together. It is common to sew this stitch using a SINGER Hemstitching Needle to help enhance the stitch’s appearance.
Use this stitch to embellish your sewing projects with a single row, multiple rows, or even in combination with other decorative stitches. For machine models with adjustable stitch length and/or stitch width, try various stitch length and/or width adjustments to change the look of the stitch as desired. It may be helpful to use a Satin Stitch Foot (additional accessory for some machine models) for denser stitch settings, as this foot has a groove on the underside to allow stitches to pass freely underneath. Experiment with various types of thread such as rayon thread, all-purpose thread, metallic thread, topstitching thread, or even 30wt cotton. Be sure to use a needle that is appropriate for the type of thread you are using, and stabilizer to help support the fabric and stitches. Learn more about needles and stabilizers on the SINGER website.
Entredeux stitches are mainly used for heirloom sewing and vintage style projects. These stitches look best when sewn on lightweight fabrics such as organdy, organza, or batiste. It is helpful to prepare the fabric with fabric spray starch and press it so it has more "body", as the Entredeux Stitch is dense and also usually sewn on a single layer of fabric. Use a SINGER Hemstitching Needle (additional accessory), which helps create small "holes" in the fabrc as you sew. Use a lightweight thread in the needle and bobbin, as all-purpose thread will be too thick and the holes created by the wing needle won't show as well. An Open Toe Foot (additional accessoryl for some machine models) can also be helpful because it provides a clear view as you sew. Press again when finished.
Joining Fabric and Lace
Heirloom sewing incorporates several different techniques, and one is joining fabric and lace. This works best on fine, lightweight fabrics like batiste, organdy and organza. Thread the machine with lightweight thread and a SINGER Hemstitching Needle (additional accessory). Set the machine for the Entredeux Stitch. It can be helpful to use an Open Toe Foot (additional accessory for some machine models) so that the area in front of the needle is unobstructed. Fold the edge of the fabric under, then place the fabric fold next to the flat edge of the lace. Sew the main part of the stitch on the fabric, allowing the right movement of the needle to catch the heading of the lace. When finished, use a fine scissor to trim away the excess fabric allowance.
This decorative stitch can be used to sew appliques. It will take some experimenting on scrap fabric to find the exact settings you want for your applique. Set the width at a medium setting to start, and adjust from there. Use an Open Toe Foot (additional accessory for some machine models) which can be helpful because it provides a clear view of the sewing area. The center of the stitch should hug the outside edge of the applique, the left side of the stitch sews on the applqiue, and the right side of the stitch sew onto the main fabric.
This decorative stitch can be used to embellish a quilt binding. Allow the center of the stitch to sew in the "ditch" between the main quilt and the binding. The horizontal stitches will sew into the quilt binding on the right and into the main quilt on the left, adding a decorative touch.