Chain Stitch Look Patch Tutorial
Have you seen names or patches made with vintage chain stitch machines? They have that vintage look and I've always loved anything made with this technique. My favorite part of chain stitched names, patches, and designs is how no two are exactly alike, and how the work reflects the hand of the maker.
The secret is the BERNINA Free-motion Couching foot #43, a foot that makes it possible to use free-motion stitching with cording. Learn all about this versatile foot in this complete post for Tips for Free-motion Couching with foot #43!
The foot #43 comes with a special cord guide that attaches to the side of your machine, making the cording feed easily while you sew. The foot and guide both help keep the cording out of your way so you can use both hands while free-motion stitching. It's seriously like sewing magic.
You can find my free tutorial to learn How to Make Patches With Free-Motion Couching here at BERNINA's WeAllSew blog. For this patch I used a 100% cotton round yarn which gives a very similar look to a chain stitched patch when stitched with matching thread.
If you're a free-motion stitching pro, you won't have any issues "writing" script words or names with this technique. In my tutorial linked above, I share a tip for using lightweight tear-away stabilizer as a way to create an easy template to follow.