Couching

Have you heard of couching? Yall, you should try it because it is sew much fun! Couching is when you lay yarn or other materials across the surface of a base fabric and secure it with straight, zig-zag, or decorative stitching. This instantly creates a unique look and texture and also adds depth, dimension, and drama. You can do couching on a domestic sewing machine, embroidery machine, or long-arm quilting machine.
Debbie and I struck up a conversation with a wonderful local quilt shop employee about couching on the Baby Lock Coronet. The employee jokingly offered Debbie her blue jean jacket to couch on. Well, that was a challenge and Debbie doesn’t back down from a good challenge. This was a “hold my coffee” moment for Debbie.

Debbie Martinez

We stripped the Coronet of its quilt and clamped the blue jean jacket onto the frame. As Debbie placed the yarn into the foot I held the camera and the jacket to help keep it stable as she quilted.So I am working a Rusty Barns Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival in Tucson, Arizona with my good friend and fellow educator Debbie Martinez when…

Debbie and I struck up a conversation with a wonderful local quilt shop employee about couching on the Baby Lock Coronet. The employee jokingly offered Debbie her blue jean jacket to couch on. Well, that was a challenge and Debbie doesn’t back down from a good challenge. This was a “hold my coffee” moment for Debbie.

Debbie, Me & A Baby Lock Coronet

 

We stripped the Coronet of its quilt and clamped the blue jean jacket onto the frame. As Debbie placed the yarn into the foot I held the camera and the jacket to help keep it stable as she quilted.Debbie started quilting and the magic filled the convention hall. Quilt show goers stopping by to watch as a work of art was being created right before everyone’s eyes.
As you can see, Debbie and me had to stop for a quick photo.
You can see the yarn flowing out of the yarn couching foot attached to the machine, off the frame and down onto the floor.The key is to ensure your yarn has slack so the yarn couching foot, which has a clear acrylic insert, keeps the yarn in the center of the foot so the machine can stitch the yarn to your fabric.

Couching

This photo really shows you how you should hold your thread lightly in one hand, ensuring you have plenty of slack in your yarn or whatever material you are couching onto your project.

The Coronet has a hopping foot which makes quilting over thick seams a breeze.Debbie is an award winning quilter, but even the most experienced quilters make mistakes every once in a while. Couching makes your once ok quilting and turns the dial up 10 notches to great quilting. The next photo shows how easy the machine glides over the thick flat felled seams of the blue jean jacket.

Once the jacket was finished it was taken off the frame and tried on for good measure. If you would like to locate your nearest Baby Lock Retailer because you gotta have this foot click here.

 

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