- I always recommend stabilizing your fabric prior to playing with the stitches. My go to, especially for pincushions is Pellon SF101. It’s a woven stabilizer with heat activated adhesive on one side and it makes my stitches stay super flat and perfect.
2. Start with a piece of fabric that is larger than your overall pincushion size. i like to complete my stitches and then fold the fabric in half and sew around 3 sides. For example, for a 7 x 5” pincushion, I would cut my piece of fabric to measure 11 x 16”. You can make your pincushion any size you like but I like this size for my abundance of pins!
3. Start by making sure you have a nice fresh needle in your machine. Now is also a good time for a good machine clean out. ( Baby dust bunnies can really affect the look of your stitches)I like to use a microtex super sharp needle for my decorative stitches but you may choose to use a universal needle.
4. Make sure that you have attached the correct foot for these stitches, your machine will show the foot selection on the screen after you have selected the stitch - In most cases it will be F foot.
To select the decorative stitches on the machine, press the decorative stitch button and then choose your preferred type of decorative stitch, there are so many to choose from.
5. Using an erasable marker, draw a straight line down the center of the fabric piece, I prefer to sew with the stitches running lengthwise. Sew your first line of decorative stitching.
6. Continue sewing lines with all of the stitches that you love until you have completely filled your fabric piece. Try to leave around an inch free on both sides to allow for seam allowance - you don’t want to hide any of those beautiful stitches.
7. Fold your fabric piece in half, with RST, pin and sew around 3 sides, leaving a small hole on one end for stuffing.
8. Turn right side out and stuff with Fiber fill
Hand sew the hole closed and add some little pom poms if you choose.
Make one or make a few, they make the most perfect gift for your sewing pals and are also the most simple and fun project for kids. Think of all the cute doll pillows they can make!!
The best part, whenever you are looking for the perfect stitch for your project but are not sure how it will look, you can refer to the pincushion as your guide!
PS, my favorite Continental M7 stitch is number 91!