It is now time to choose a wing needle stitch with which to secure the four-block embroidery patch to the vest back. Your sewing/embroidery machine will have some hemstitches programmed into it from which to choose, so take a break and explore which hemstitch inspires you to finish the flourish on your vest.
Figure 10 is a sample of some of my machine's hemstitches. Should you be interested, I stitched this sampler onto sheets of ultra-firm sew-in stabilizer, using a regular top stitch needle, hence the lack of any wing needle effect.
Since this is actually Part 2 of my Mad Flourish Vest Project, I opted to use the same stitch, stitch settings, and needle size as I used in creating the front of the vest front. I chose the Double Overedge stitch shown in Figure 11.
My machine set up is 6 mm length x 6 mm width. However, if the front of your Wing Needle Madness Vest is already underway, I suggest you review your notes and use the same stitch and stitch settings in this stage of the project, to give the project overall continuity.
Should this be your first time using a wing needle with the feed dogs, here are some guidelines I hope will help you with your decision.
“In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.” – Yogi Berra
Take this opportunity to road test your choice of hemstitches sewn with a wing needle before committing it to attaching your Flourish embroidery block to the vest back.
The practice strip is ready for you to practice sewing hem stitches with the wing needle and with the feed dogs of the machine.
Look at the hemstitches your machine has to offer. You will need to select a stitch that will cover the raw edges of the fabric on both sides. The backside of the project (the vest back) will have a raw edge and the front side of the vest back will have a raw edge, so this design has to accommodate covering both raw edges.
As a review, refer back to your hemstitch sampler. Examples of these stitches are shown in Figure 13.
Examples of hemstitches that will work for this project
Depending on the fabric you are using, the design can be sewn as narrow as 4 mm for lightweight fabrics or up to 6 mm for heavier fabrics. My fabric is linen/cotton blend and considered lightweight. However, the weave is a little coarse and as a consequence I chose a width of 6 mm.
After the sampler is made select one that you like best. For purposes of this tutorial select one that is 6 mm wide. After you have made a decision which stitch you want to use, continue on.
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