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  1. Helen
    October 20, 2011 @ 6:09 am

    HI Linda

    This is a great post, thanks. The only suggestion that didn’t appeal to me was sewing the binding down with a fancy stitch. All the others are fantastic. Now, will I remember where this post is when I need it????


  2. Sam
    October 20, 2011 @ 7:21 am

    Wow Linda I’ve been wondering how to incorporate all my fancy machine stitching into my crafts. This has really inspired me and can’t wait to start something this weekend. many thanks I really enjoy reading your posts – so inspiring. thank you. Sam


  3. Roxane Lessa
    October 20, 2011 @ 10:15 am

    Very good post. I forget about those stitches and you’ve given us lots of ideas!


  4. Linda Matthews
    October 20, 2011 @ 4:46 pm

    Thanks everyone, have fun exploring 🙂


  5. Sarah Bell Smith
    October 21, 2011 @ 5:29 am

    I love your use of decorative stitches for your ‘in the ditch’ quilting. It adds such a dimension to the work rather than simply holding the layers of the quilt together. A great post.


    • Linda Matthews
      October 21, 2011 @ 11:43 am

      Thanks Sarah, I hope you can use some of these ideas 🙂


  6. Gloria
    October 23, 2011 @ 12:47 pm

    Great ideas! What wonderful and beautiful things you’ve made using these stitches too. Thank you.


  7. Lynda
    October 26, 2011 @ 10:46 am

    These are great ideas. I’ll use several of them now as I work on my art quilt. Thanks Linda.


  8. Norma Schlager
    June 19, 2013 @ 5:51 pm

    Great ideas, all of them. I usually forget all about my decorative stitches. I will have to rethink it. Thanks for sharing.


  9. John
    October 5, 2013 @ 11:19 am

    How can I purchase a dot stitch sewing machine. By the way, what is this machine called? Thank you


    • LindaM
      October 7, 2013 @ 10:07 am

      Hi John, I’m sorry but I don’t know what sort of machine that is. The machine I use is a Janome 6500P.


  10. Pam
    December 4, 2013 @ 10:30 am

    How do you keep the stitches from puckering?


    • LindaM
      December 5, 2013 @ 8:57 am

      Hi Pam, You can use a stabilizer underneath the fabric to prevent puckering.


  11. Gbemisola Momoh
    January 5, 2016 @ 12:38 pm

    pls, what are decorative stitches?


    • LindaM
      January 11, 2016 @ 10:19 am

      They are the programmed decorative stitches on your sewing machine.


  12. festus
    February 7, 2016 @ 1:31 am

    these are really great.


  13. Carmel
    February 24, 2016 @ 4:41 pm

    Thank you Linda for your generosity in sharing, and also for your industry by trialing all your ideas to share with us. I enjoy the imagination in your work.



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