Bernina 530 54 Blind Applique Stitch

Bernina 530 54 Blind Applique Stitch


A blind appliqué stitch is programmed into
your machine, kind of looks like a blind hem stitch. At 1331, I’m going to show you how
you use this. I’m going to set up what I’m going to blind hem first. I’ve gone ahead
and cut a piece of bias fabric about an inch and a half wide, fold it in half, and being
that it’s on the bias, I can do a quarter inch seam. I can bend it as I go, so if you’ve
ever seen those little binds on projects, this is the quickest, easiest way to do it.
If you were actually going to follow something, you can draw a line and then just turn it,
curve it as you go here. The key is that you don’t over step or come in past the center
part. If you have a wider bind, you just need to set it up so you don’t come over the center
part. Here’s what we’re going to do. We’re going
to go ahead, you can see that this is starting to thin up. It doesn’t matter what thread
color you use because it’s going to get covered up. Now I used a quarter inch foot to do that
because I wanted a quarter inch seam. Next I’m going to need to see where I’m going so
I’m going to use an optional foot number 20, an open toe foot, and I’m also going to stitch
my thread to be a clear thread. I do like using a thread stand when I do a clear thread.
I’m going to go ahead and remove my blue, and then pull to remove the spool. We don’t
ever want to leave thread that’s not in use on our machine, and then just thread up. Now a smaller needle would be great because
you’re going to make a smaller hole as you go here. Then of course, the thin thread,
or invisible thread as people call it, you can use the needle threader and it will find
its way through. If you match your thread and your bobbin to be a little bit more similar
to the fabric you’re using, just in case it comes up to the top. Now with clear thread,
it definitely is a little stronger so I’m going to adjust my tension right here to a
little bit less, usually about a 2. I have been known to go down to 1, again it depends
on your bobbin. Now, as we pick our stitch, stitch number 1331, it’s going to come up
at a very, very small setting. It’s very narrow at 1 millimeter and very short also at 1 or
point 9. As I line it up, I’m going to want to have it so it’s going to stitch on the
blue fabric and then bite just a little bit into the green bind that I’ve put on my fabric
here. Now, I’m going to zoom in so you can really see what I’m doing. Then the other thing that I’m going to do
is, instead of just letting it be in the center needle position, I’m going to move it all
the way to the far right side. Then I can move my edge of my fabric, right along the
inside of my toe as a guide so I don’t have to judge down the middle of the foot where
I’m actually going. This is the easiest way to do a blind appliqué stitch. You can do
this around any shape that’s got a turned under edge. As you do the little bite, it
really is going to make it so it looks as if you’ve done it by hand but with a tenth
of the time. I’m going to just slide my little tail away, there we go. Stop with your needle
down, that’s going to save you time as you go around and pivot. Have your pressure foot
lifter engaged so it’s really easy to lift and turn your fabric as you go then your hands
can stay right on the fabric with you. This should give us a little bit of an idea.
I will have to say, sometimes starring at this foot and this small, little tiny stitch
for so long, this is where you would want to get one of the Bernina magnifier glasses.
It attaches, it has a little bracket that’s installed, and then it attaches here. It really
takes your whole foot and magnifies it. With the Bernina magnifier, there’s actually three
different lenses so you can get it to match up with your eye sight just great. If you’re
ever doing this late at night when your eyes are tired, or if you’re doing it where you
don’t have a ton of light, it’s really going to help you see. Especially over a longer
project. OK, this will give us an idea, bring your
needle up, and it will look pretty as can be as we blind stitched that down with the
blind appliqué stitch.

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