Tutorial: Decorative Stitch “Art Lace” using water soluble stabilizer

Posted by LindaM | July 9, 2014

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I love to use the decorative machine stitches on my sewing machine and I use them in all sorts of different ways to achieve creative fabric embellishing effects.

One of my favorite sewing techniques is combining water soluble stabilizer and the decorative stitches on my sewing machine to make “art lace” which is lace which has an irregular shape and a contemporary appearance. This type of “art lace” can be used in various ways …

It can be used as focus fabric

How to make lace using decorative machine stitches

To make “see-through” inserts and decorative embellishments

How to make lace using decorative machine stitches

And one of my favorites – tassels

How to make lace using decorative machine stitches

I also use it to make decorative edging and trim

How to make lace using decorative machine stitches

The basic technique for making “art lace”


What You Need

Machine Setup

  • Standard foot
  • Slightly loosen top tension


Cut a piece of water soluble stabilizer approx 6″ x 6″.
Sew a cross-grid pattern of straight stitch approx 1/2″ apart.
Select a decorative stitch and stitch between the grid lines from left to right beginning in the middle and working your way out.

Keep going until the whole piece is filled. This can take a while – there’s lots of stitching.

Rinse away the stabilizer, handling the piece gently, and watch the magic happen!

Enjoy and Sew Creative!

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  1. I love this idea and can’t wait to try it.

  2. To Linda,
    A great idea for making lace, thank you. Carolynn.


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