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The Single X Stitch is a decorative stitch that could be sewn alone or combined with rows of other stitches to create unique embellishments.
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. Experiment with various types of thread such as rayon thread, all-purpose thread, metallic thread, topstitching thread, or even 30wt and 12wt 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.
Sew this cross-stitch pattern over gathered fabric to create smocking, often seen in children's clothing and even vintage apparel. This technique works best with lightweight woven fabrics, like batiste or voile. Start by sewing several rows of basting stitches - sew 1 row, then a second row 1/8" inch from the first. Skip 1/2" and repeat, continuing to sew basting stitch rows for the amount needed for your project. Gather the basting threads. Place the gathered piece over a fabric interfacing or piece of organza. To sew the cross-stitch pattern, use a 30wt cotton in the needle, which will provide a hand-look, and stitch over the basted rows.
Use this decorative stitch, along with a Cording Foot, to add interesting surface dimension to your projects. The Cording Foot (additional accessory for some machine models) has grooves on top that help guide a thin yarn or cord as you stitch over it. The stitch "catches" the cord to secure to the fabric surface. Use a tear-away stabilizer underneath as you sew to help prevent fabric puckering.