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In The Round

By Barbara Weiland

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  • Combine a favorite motif from the Flower Stitcher with the completed scallops. Use the tack hole as the center point for a motif inside the scallop or make a dot 1/2" above the scallop inner points and stitch with the Flower Stitcher at the minus setting.

  • For interlacing scallops, stitch a scallop row as directed above. Position the tack at the scallop inner point and stitch the second row as you did the first, marking the mid-point of the new scallop at the end of the scallop on the previous row (Figure 4).

  • Using metallic or decorative thread, sew a circle. Decrease the radius and stitch again. Repeat several times for an interesting accent.

  • Overlap circular designs using different threads and sizes. Vary the stitch width, add additional decorative stitches over the basic satin stitch, or stitch partial circles.

  • Use a braiding foot and an open zigzag stitch to couch cording or fine, narrow trim in a circle. Pull the thread ends to the underside to secure.

  • Use an open-toe embroidery foot and a zigzag or decorative stitch to sew over ruffled lace heading or narrow trim while you stitch it in place. Trim close to the stitching on the underside.

Play with other special presser feet and stitches to create your own circular stitching variations. Have fun!






Figure 4

Overlapping Scallops

Sew-Easy Yo-Yo's
Normally traced on fabric, cut out and hand gathered into a puff, yo-yos can be made quickly on the sewing machine. Yo-yos are popular embellishments for folk-art country clothing, children's wear and craft projects. Consider stitching some in gold lame, adding jewels or buttons to the centers and bartacking them together for a holiday handbag or evening gown jacket.

  • Attach the circular stitching attachment or a tack as described earlier in this article. For a finished yo-yo that is 1 1/2" across, position the tack 3/4" from the needle. Experiment with the tack position for larger and smaller yo-yos. Attach the all-purpose presser foot, and change the stitch length to 4mm for basting. Loosen the upper thread tension by one setting.

  • Mark the yo-yo center on the fabric wrong side, allowing for at least 3/8" space around each circle.

  • Place the fabric in a spring-loaded embroidery hoop wrong-side-up. Position one yo-yo center mark over the tack and lower the presser foot.



Figure 5

Stitch past and next to beginning stitches.

  • Machine baste all the way around. When you reach the starting point, gently guide the hoop so that two or three stitches go past and next to the beginning stitches (Figure 5).

  • Remove the hoop from the tack and cut a long thread tail. Position for the next circle, lower the foot, and stitch. Continue in this fashion until all circles have been stitched.

  • Remove the fabric from the hoop and carefully cut out each circle 1/8" to 1/4" outside the stitching, taking care not to cut the thread tails.

  • Lay the needle thread tails across the circle wrong side and grasp the bobbin thread tails securely. Draw the threads together to gather the puff and flatten it into a circle. For added security, tie all threads together in an overhand knot.

  • Cover the yo-yo raw edges at the center with a button (bartack on the machine or stitch by hand) or with a bead or jewel glued in place.

  • Sources
    The Flower Stitcher and circular sewing attachments are available at many sewing machine dealers.

    The Flower Stitcher also is available by mail-order from Nancy's Notions. Call (800) 833-0690 to request a catalog or for ordering information.

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