Hello friends of Craft Apple! It’s Joanna here, from Stardust Shoes. In the interest of keeping Linda’s blog crafty while she’s away from her beloved sewing machine, she’s asked me to guest blog. Wow, I don’t know what to say. I’m so honored! I’ve never guested on someone’s blog before, let alone someone I have so much history with. Let’s see…what silly big-haired picture of her can I post here? Ha ha! I’ll get back to you with one.
Alrighty, then. Here’s a crafty trick I recently learned: the ladder stitch. I first came across it when I was learning about the mattress stitch in knitting. The ladder stitch is fabulous for sewing up softies. I decided to try it for binding a quilt. Looky here over my shoulder:
A. Sew the binding to the front by machine as usual.
B. Insert the thread so that the knot will be hidden on the underside of the binding. Make sure the thread exits through the crease.
C. Sorry I couldn’t hold the binding down, sew, and take a picture all at the same time. Hold (or clip—that’d be smart) down the binding so that the exit point in the crease is lined up with the entry point for your next stitch.
D. Continue with the next stitch.
1. the thread exits the crease,
2. enters the quilt,
3. exits the quilt,
4. enters the crease,
5. and exits the crease again.
Here’s the picture again without all the graffiti:
E. Carry on in this way for a bit.
F. This is what the stitches look like when they’re loose. See how they’re all nicely lined up?
G. And when pulled tight—hey, where’d they go? It’s magical how they disappear like that. No tell-tale tiny stitches to show that this was sewn by hand. And no distortion in the fabric since they are all nicely lined up.
H. Here’s the front of the quilt that was machine stitched.
Why, I dare say, the back and front look about the same. If you need to see more, here’s a great video clip of the ladder stitch.
Happy stitches to you… over and out!
Huge thanks to Joanna for guest blogging! I’m missing my machine, but only a little bit. 🙂 It feels so good to be in vacation mode! Did I mention that Cindy is holding the shop together while I’m gone? Craft Apple is in such good hands! Stay tuned for a couple more crafty bloggers in the next couple of weeks!