Writing with thread is a wonderful way to personalise your project. The key is to write your message first with fabric marker and to write without lifting your pen so that you will be able to sew without lifting your sewing machine foot.
Writing with thread on a straight line
Using fabric marker, draw straight lines first on your fabric. I find this necessary, though you may feel confident enough to write without a line to keep you straight.
Write your message taking care not to lift your pen throughout each word so that you will be able to keep stitching along the word in one go.
Place your needle immediately above the start of the word on the left and sew carefully over the markings that you have made. For this I used my free motion quilting foot with quilting thread. I have stopped the machine and taken the fabric out at the end of ‘Merry’ and started again for ‘Christmas’. At the end of the word I kept going and quilted a few loops around the bottom of the word.
Writing with thread on a curved line
You may wish not to write on a straight line and to give a curve I drew two curved lines using a plate to give the shape. All the same principles apply – make sure that you don’t lift your pen throughout the word.
As you can see, I didn’t centre my words very well, but that’s just poor planning on my part.
This time, to show you alternatives, I moved from one word to the next by quilting a few loops to get my needle from the end of the first word to the beginning of the second word.
If you want to practise writing with thread and don’t want to draw lines, a good idea is to sew your name several times – because that’s something that you are used to writing so your hands will move more easily along the letters without you having to think too much about it.
I hope that’s given you some ideas on how to personalise your project, particularly with Christmas coming up. Here’s the video:
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