Stitching the Pinked Edge

pinkingstitch5One of the fun things about working with fused fabrics is that you can use decorative rotary cutter blades to cut the fabric. The pinking blade is my favorite to create an embellished fabric edge. Here’s a simple way to add hand embroidery to that pinked edge. It’s the story of two peaks and a valley.

pinkingstitchStart with the thread exiting the fabric at the tip or peak of the pinked edge. 

pinkingstitch2Insert the tip of the needle at the top of the next peak. Skim the needle under the fabric to the valley between the two peaks. Trap the thread coming out of the first peak under the tip if the needle. Draw the needle and thread through the fabric.

pinkingstitch3Insert the needle into the fabric on the other side of the thread in the valley. This stitch over the thread holds it in the valley making a V shape that follows the pinked fabric edge. You can take a short stitch or a long one like the example above.

And that’s the story of two peaks and a valley.

7 thoughts on “Stitching the Pinked Edge

    • i fuse the quilt top to batting before adding hand embroidery for several reasons. The batting adds bulk so I have something to grip and embed the knots and thread tie- offs. It holds fused fabrics in place so they don’t separate at the overlapped areas where two fabrics join. I think the stitching looks better. Batting gives the stitch a little dimension, a softer look. It’s not as flat as sewing just through the fuse fabric without a batt attached.

  1. Thanks for such clear directions. Will this work for a wavy blade or would an outline stitch be better?

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