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Use this stitch to embellish your sewing projects with a single row, multiple rows, or even in combination with other decorative stitches. 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 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.
This decorative stitch can be 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 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 fabric 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 accessory for some machine models) can also be helpful because it provides a clear view as you sew.
Sew this 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 for the amount of basting rows 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-sewn look, and stitch over the basted rows.