There are so many delicious threads on the market and I am always ready to try new ones. I usually use a machine embroidery rayon in a 50-60 weight in the top and then a 60wt thread in the bobbin (Bottomline from Superior Threads). But this time I am trying a 40 weight machine embroidery thread called Splendor from Wonderfil threads and I love it. It is a little thicker so I am using a thicker bobbin thread in grey - using this shade means you stick with the one bobbin no matter what shade you have in the top. I've used Rasant because that is what was handy! I do love the new range from Superior Threads as well called Magnifico and that is a 40wt too. …..
Inevitably little pieces of appliqué do lift from time to time and I think you can 'over iron' it. So instead I have Roxanne's washable glue beside the machine but I only buy it in this container….it never dries out. (and for us nurses….it is like a little redivac drain!)
When I machine appliqué I never thread my threads on the machine - instead I put them on a thread stand behind the machine as I find I get a better result - the thread comes off unhindered…….I then thread through this little hook on my Bernina….threads are best going though this before the tension plate…...
If you don't have a thread stand put your thread in a cup and then thread it through the top of a safety pin taped to the back right hand side of your machine…...
Some of you might know me for being a Pfaff ambassador but for the record I was always a Bernina girl having owned a 1090 for over 20 years. Pfaff approached me some years ago looking for my endorsement and I did like the auto-lift feature on the machine. But now that Bernina have an equivalent feature I am the proud owner of a Bernina 750QE. The setting of my blanket stitch is adjusted according to the area I am appliquéing. For this project most of it is 1.9 wide with a length of 1.6. You can see the adjustment from the default stitch that comes with the machine……and I nearly always turn the top tension down slightly….like you would if you were doing a buttonhole stitch on a garment…..
I usually thread up in the one colour and do all that shade first but this time I am doing a corner at a time. I will sneak over to another shape if I am using the same colour thread as you can see here with the gold going up to a leaf - it saves tying off and starting again…..and you do need that open toed foot too…..
Speaking of threads……I can't wait to try these beautiful threads from Wonderfil that I recently purchased at the quilt convention. They are a 12wt rayon called Razzle which they say is equivalent to a perle No 8 and it is for hand stitching only…more of that later (but not on this quilt as it is time and cost prohibitive!)
Have a great week wherever you are x