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March 16, 2011

Free Motion Stitched Dotted Line Tutorial DIY

 Check out my new love - - - - - - - -

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I first scored a line on my piece of fabric.

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Stitched that line with blue thread and then scored a second line.

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Stitched that with pink thread and then scored a third line.

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For this line, it was a straight stitch but on every third stitch or so, I backtacked, thus allowing me to trim away the non-backtacked stitches to reveal a dotted line. (This is how I did the dotted line on this duet piece.)

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 Then I lowered my feed dogs and put my darning foot on and stitched the word "love."

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So fun. Happy stitching - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - :)


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How does back tacking work?
I "love" your results!

To backtack simply means that you push the reverse button on your machine so that after a single stitch is sewn, stitching that same stitch again by going in reverse reinforces that stitch. It is backtacked. Usually how you start and stop on most stitches that you don't want to have unravel. That's why when you cut away at the single stitches, the single stitches unravel but the one that has been reinforced with a reverse stitch stays intact. :)

most excellent!

I love it!!!!

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