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Machine Minute: Couching Threads

Adding threads to your piecework is easy with the free-motion couching foot attachment. Watch this video to learn how!

 

TRANSCRIPT:

Hi, I'm Linda. And today's machine minute is brought to you by Baby Lock and the Crescendo sewing machine. Today we're going to talk about using your free-motion couching foot. Free-motion couching is a great way to add detail to a piece of fabric. You can add a medium-weight yarn or even a finer yarn and create an intricate designs on your piecework. So let's get started. So free-motion couching is a way to attach your yarn or other fibers to your fabric. And it just takes this stitch straight down the fiber you're putting on. There's a special foot for that, and you also want to make sure you have a thread stand either attached to your machine or separate. And then add on all the pieces in the free-motion couching foot package, so you've got some thread guides for that yarn. We're run our yarn through the foot and then through that center hole of the foot. I've also stabilized my fabric. With one layer of cotton, I wouldn't want to try to maneuver that underneath, but I added a little stabilizer. This is a wash-away stabilizer, so I don't have to worry about having it in there later. But it's going to give me some stability as I go. So I want to start at the edge of the fabric rather than in the middle. And I'm just going to hold on to that thread and start doing free-motion stitching. Now you might need to adjust the stitch width just a little if your yarn isn't being caught by the needle. So you'll want to do a little practice piece before you get your regular piece under the couching foot. It's always good to practice with a new technique. But that's all there is to it. That's the easy way to do free-motion couching with fibers onto your fabric.