TQS Quilting Tutorial: Libby Lehman #3 – Free-Motion Zig Zag Stitch


Hey, we’re back again with ” Name that Stitch”,I’m guest host Libby Lehman. Can you guess which stitch this is? It’s actually one that I’ve showed before,
but I’d love it so much that I just had to do a repeat performance. This is just your basic ” Zig Zag Stitch”. But the twist here is that doing it Free Motion. So the feed dogs are not engaged, they’re
not working. I am using a Free Motion foot. So I want to show you this one up close and personal. I have my machine set up for Zig Zag on Stitch 2. A stitch length doesn’t matter because
I’m doing Free Motion. A stitch width can be whatever I want it to
be. Now I’m going to be using a Free Motion foot and on the Bernina, I have
several choices. This is your open this and not your open toe, this is your Darning Foot for that which is close toed.. You can also get it open toe. This happens to be #24. Another foot you might want to use is
#15 which I kind of like. I can see very well
in that one. But I’m going to use 29C This is a coded foot, which
means I can do 9mm wide stitches. You might also want to use BSR, some of the Bernina Stitch Regulators
also have a Zig Zag stitch. Now the difference in Free Motion and
regular Zig Zag stitch, is I’m in charge of how
long the stitch is.If I move the fabric quickly, I willl get a “Zig-Zag”. If I move it slowly, I
will get a “Satin Stitch”. And when I’m going up and down, I will get a thick stitch. However, if I move it side to side, I get a thin stitch. So, essentially what I’ve done is turned
this needle into a “Chisel Point Marker”. You can do this very smooth and regulated or you can go crazy with it. I wanna show doing it smooth, first, and doing a monogram. Let’s do. I have always
done an “A”, So let’s do a “B” here. And you can do this any width you
want, but this foot I can go up to 9 millimeter. I do have this stabilized. I have 2
layers of stable stuff under here. And now when I go up, this is going to be as smooth as possible. And I can always come back down if I think it needs to be filled in more. I’m moving it very slowly. But here’s the difference,I’m gonna go side to side for the bottom of the “B”. I’m gonna come up, I’m gonna go in the middle but I’m going side to side, it’s thin. Up and down its thick. Side to side, thin,Up and down thick. And there I have my “B”. And in case you’re wondering, here’s what
the “A” looks like. Up and down, thick. Side to side, thin. That was very smooth, but sometimes I
want to “fuzzy” the edge between the two applique shapes, for example. Then I may want to go crazy. Now,Let’s go back, I’m going to go…and then I can go side the side with my thin stitch, and “fuzzy” the edge. Now I want to go to the board and show
you this used in a quilt. In this small, sample quilt, I’ve shown you my love affair with the “Satin Stitch”. Around the leaf, I have done “Program Satin Stitch”. And I’ve left the stitch width the same. I’ve also done a “Satin Stitch ” where I have varied the width,while I was sewing… And then, this gives you a very defined
edge. However, on the background cross here I wanted to “fuzzy” the edge between the
two fabrics. So for this I put in a “Variegated Thread” that had both of the fabric colors in it, And did a “Free Motion Zig Zag” back and forth. This is a great stitch to give you wide looking stitches. Even if your machine
doesn’t have that capability. So I hope you enjoy the “”Zig Zag” stitches. And I’ll see you next time on “Name that Stitch”.