Techniques

Blanket Stitch Edge

As seen on Aleene's "Creative Living with Crafts." 

Blanket Stitch idea from Leslie Becker at Winston Fabrics in St. Louis, MO

This is a popular technique for finishing the edge of fleece.

Machine and Fabric Required:

  • Memory Craft Compulock
  • Fleece fabric
  • Size #14 needle
  • Janome Silk Topstitching thread (J203)
  • Janome Wooly Nylon (J304)
  • Water soluble stabilizer (Super Solvy from Sulky of America or Avalon from Sewing Center Supply)

Set Up Your Compulock

  1. Select Overedge 3 stitch - WIDE
  2. Insert #14 needle in the left needle position
    • Thread with Janome Silk Topstitching thread
    • Reduce tension to "0"
  3. Place Janome Wooly Nylon in the Upper and Lower Looper
    • Upper Looper tension - 3.0 to 3.6
    • Lower Looper tension - 3.0 to 4.2
    • Stitch length - 4.0 to 5.0
    • Differential Feed - 1.0
    • Cutting knife - all the way out

Instructions

  1. Cut 2" to 2 ?" wide strips of water soluble stabilizer the required length of project.
  2. With the wrong side of the fabric up and extending the stabilizer approximately 1/2" off the edge of the fabric, serge, just cutting off the edge of the stabilizer.
  3. Place the project in your left hand and gently pull the stabilizer to the right, with you right hand - pulling the topstitch thread over the edge of the fabric.
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