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Chaly

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I'm doing some fabric embellishing for a garment and decided to use my Singer 421G for some decorative stitches (same patterns that are available on Singers 401, 403, 500, 503).

I see many  folks showing examples of these stitches but I rarely see real life work using the decorative patterns so I thought I'd share how I'm using them for this project.  They are part of tucking and lace embellishing on linen fabric which will be used to sew a top.  I'm using my favorite patterns - the curlique and the ribbon.

I'm also attaching a photo of a stitch pattern chart that is very helpful and is more organized than what is just in the manuals.

In many ways these patterns seem primitive compared to reverse decorative stitching and what's available on the modern embroidery machines.  For me they have an appeal and a certain special look - 1950's-60's - and I need to remember to use them more.

decorative stitches 421 garment.jpg  singerstitch patterns.jpg 

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Oh, your work looks great.  Your techniques remind me of a lady I used to watch on PBS.  I think it was called Sewing With Martha (?) not quite sure if that's quite right.  She liked to specialize in using vintage sewing techniques for fabric to be used in clothing construction.  She joined lace to two pieces of fabric with specialty stitches, too.  I believe she had lots of ideas on pleating, tucks, and various other terms I can't recall just now.  Be sure to show us your finished garnet!
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Oh, beautiful work!
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Oh, your work looks great.  Your techniques remind me of a lady I used to watch on PBS.  I think it was called Sewing With Martha (?) not quite sure if that's quite right.  She liked to specialize in using vintage sewing techniques for fabric to be used in clothing construction.  She joined lace to two pieces of fabric with specialty stitches, too.  I believe she had lots of ideas on pleating, tucks, and various other terms I can't recall just now.  Be sure to show us your finished garnet!


Thanks, Mavis.  I always see so many examples of these techniques and use of attachments/stitches but I rarely see them used for real.  I'll see if I can find the PBS series you are referring.  I'll post when my top is done along with my summary of the tucker - another very under used and under appreciated attachment.
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Oh, beautiful work!


Thank you!  Now if I could just get going with my quilting work to improve my work in these techniques....
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Chaly, where do you source your garment fabric from? Your fabrics appear to have such a wonderful hand.

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The fabric in the picture on this post is a medium-light weight linen I bought many years ago from SR Harris Fabric Warehouse in the Minneapolis (Brooklyn Park) area.  I see you are in Wisconsin - if you ever happen upon the Twin Cities area, SR Harris is a fun place to visit.  I'm originally from the Twin Cities area and use to frequent SR Harris.  It can be overwhelming since there is so much inventory and you measure your own fabric.  You have to do your own quality checks since they have a range from low to high end.

But most of my fabrics I've purchased from Farmhouse Fabrics online.  I now just use natural fibers - mostly cotton shirtings, linen, wool, silk.  Farmhouse has the best quality, service and prices I have found.  I have never received anything of poor quality from them.  They also have neat notions/trims and they are my resource for MOP shirt buttons.  I usually get their clearance fabrics or fabric bundles.

I came across this resource for shirtings when I started to sew men's shirts.  For my time I put into a project, I wanted the best raw materials - the results for shirts are amazingly different depending on the quality of the shirting.  Fine twill broadcloth or pima cotton make all the difference for my final outcome.  And I learned this the hard way!!
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Gorgeous, I can't wait to see the finished blouse!
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Thank you, Chaly. The Twins are 5 hours away, but I will check out Farmhouse Fabrics.
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I just picked up a SewMor yesterday from Goodwill with some fancy stitches. Now I have ideas for how to use them once I get it ungunked. Thanks!
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I just picked up a SewMor yesterday from Goodwill with some fancy stitches. Now I have ideas for how to use them once I get it ungunked. Thanks!


Please share how you will use them.  I love to see how folks use their vintage decorative stitch machines...
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Gorgeous, I can't wait to see the finished blouse!


Finished top - completed on Singer 101 and decorative stitches and overcasting on Singer 421G:

top front main.jpg  top back.jpg  top side 2.jpg 

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Gorgeous!
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Lori took the word right out of my mouth. It is absolutely gorgeous.

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Chaly you have excellent sewing skills and an eye for details. Your garments are beautiful. Thank you for posting pictures.
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Wow. Beautiful. Very gifted you are....

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Thanks, Mavis.  I always see so many examples of these techniques and use of attachments/stitches but I rarely see them used for real.  I'll see if I can find the PBS series you are referring.  I'll post when my top is done along with my summary of the tucker - another very under used and under appreciated attachment.


There is Sewing with Nancy, and another with Martha Pullen, who taught heirloom sewing.  Two great shows.  Are they what you were referring to?

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Yea, Patty, the one I was trying to remember was the heirloom sewing instructor, Martha Pullen.  She did amazing things that used to be commonly seen in garnet sewing.  I think you would love her shows.  I haven't been able to see any of her shows for years, but they used to be on a PBS channel we could pull in.
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I see there are some online videos -youtubes from both Martha and Nancy and also I found some older books that may be a good reference.  I've just been using my 1930's-1960's sewing reference materials to get some inspiration along with learning couture sewing methods - mainly through Claire Shaeffer.  And I really like getting proficient at those vintage sewing machine attachments!
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