Tutorial: How to sashiko stitch, part 1, transferring your sashiko design to fabric
While you are waiting for your fabric to dry, you can transfer the design. You will need the sashiko design, a fine tip pen, preferably one that is permanent so it doesn't rub off on your thread as you stitch, a straight edge (ruler, quilting square...) and some tape. Oh, and the white featherweight fusible interfacing!
5. lay your (now washed and dried) fabric on your ironing board wrong side up, if it has one.
6. un-tape the corners of the interfacing and lay it over your fabric. Using your iron at a medium heat steam setting, fuse the interfacing to the fabric. Begin in the center of the design and work toward the outside by lifting and setting your iron, rather than sliding it. This will keep the interfacing and your design from pulling out of shape! Now your project is ready to start stitching
- how to start your stitching without knotting your thread,
- how to manage your stitch length,
- and how to decide what that length should be.
- Also how to hold your fabric, load stitches on the needle and turn a sharp corner.
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Talk to you soon,
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.... but thats just how I like to do it. Other people stitch wonderful pieces with parallel lines evenly spaced. It's a matter of what you enjoy plus what is functional for your project. The right thing to do is to suit yourself!
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Here is the solve for this frustrating problem: