View Full Version : machine or blanket stitch finish???

25-05-2008, 01:43 PM
Hi all. Wondered if you could spare a few seconds of your day to help me make a dicission...I've made some lovely weather felt art thingies to sell in my etsy shop and can't decide how best to attach the backing felt....So here is a picture of both machine sewn (happy cloud) and blanket stitched (sunshine). Obviously one takes a lot onger than the other......HELP!!!


25-05-2008, 01:54 PM
they both look lovely my personal preference would be blanket stitch but if its too time consuming the other is just as nice i dont do machine sewing only handstitching and it does take time but im useless with a sewing machine

25-05-2008, 01:59 PM
the hand sewn is more ethnic perhaps but the machine sewn one looked fine to me, you could perhaps charge more for the hand sewn one, explaining why


25-05-2008, 02:20 PM
I like the blanket stitch finish but understand it is very time consuming - do you maybe have a decorative stitch you could use on your machine perhaps?

They are certainly very summery and pretty :D

25-05-2008, 02:57 PM
Thanks guys!

I don't have any fancy stitches on my sewing machine I'm affraid (well, do zigzags count as fancy?) ;)

I think I will go with the hand stitched and make sure there is something good on the TV before I sit and do it.

Thanks again! You've been a great help! xx

25-05-2008, 04:01 PM
just out of interest clare what are they


25-05-2008, 05:37 PM
If you only have stragith stitch and zig zag then you could still utilise them :D

Get yourself some twin needles for your machine and put the stitch onto zig zag.

Thread up 2 different contrating colours of thread through the twin needles - one to the left, one to the right and then practice with varying stitch lengths.

The effects that you can create with twin needles are amazing and sooo pretty with the right coloured threads :D

You could also put a nice colour through the twin needle and then use some flat decorative trim and zig zag over it to create a braided effect :D

25-05-2008, 05:53 PM
brittone05: I hadn't thought of a double point needle! It's my mum's old machine that I 'borrowed' and she hadn't got the instruction book any more. I think I'll buy a needle and see what it looks like. Thanks! :)

jenn: they are pieces of felt art. one is a gift for a friends nursery and the other has gone in my etsy shop. I've got a sad cloud and a happy rainbow (the one that's my profile pic) too that just need backing. Thanks for asking :)


25-05-2008, 06:57 PM
thanks for info clare. hope you didnt think I was being rude, I was interested. I knew someone once who did felt pictures and framed them.


lucykate crafts...
25-05-2008, 08:27 PM
my personal preference would be blanket stitch, BUT, if i were you, as they are for your etsy shop, i would make the decision based on the price you are wanting to sell them for. although, i love blanket stitch as a finish, it is time consuming, and i'm not sure it would mean that you could charge more to cover the extra time and work involved.

in the end, sometimes, it just boils down to commerciality over aesthetics.

25-05-2008, 08:52 PM
I like this with the cloud.

26-05-2008, 09:02 AM
Here's my two-penneth worth:

I like the blanket stitch on the very edge, but prefer the machine stitch on the objects.

Does that help?!

26-05-2008, 11:51 AM
I like the blanket stitch!!

Does your machine do a blanket stitch?? You could use an embroidery thread and do a machine blanket stitch to save you time???? Sometimes it worth fiddling with the overcast stitches to see what effect you can get.

26-05-2008, 02:01 PM
I personally prefer blanket stitches. I think they are worth to be charged more.

By a trial experience you may find out if people are ready to pay more for them.

28-05-2008, 04:51 PM
Thanks all for the replies! It's nice to have some people who aren't my husband to ask opinions of. HEHE! :)

ClaireP. xx

ps...forgot to say I'm going to see how the blanket stitch ones sell :sm: