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How to make (sew) fringe: follow steps 1 - 5
1. Set up My Own Fringemaker. Insert rods into holes creating the drop length you want.
2. Wind on yarn, ribbons, STRAND or other materials. It's okay to combine items too!
Once you have your desired quantity on the rods, cut end from skein and tie end onto rod.
a. Wrap the rod unit in a sandwich of bridal tulle to prevent yarns from snagging in sewing foot or feed dogs. (Tulle is almost invisible and easily snipped away after stitching. Use what you have on hand and plan to buy some tulle when it 's on sale).
b. After winding on as much as you need, remove whole rod unit from the base and take rod unit to sewing machine.
c. Slide one rod under presser foot and position presser foot depending on the type of fringe you want to create. Read #3.
3. Sewing the Header: variations to create different fringe. s
Straight stitching multiple times to create the header.
HINT - I like to reduce the stitch length by one for each header stitching pass:
Why not start a sample booklet, make one each of the style below as a quick reference.
a. along one rod. Or
b. along both rods and cut down the middle creating up to 48”. OR
c. between the rods, down the center. OR
d. sew off center, closer to one rod than the other, not down the center.
IDEA: Use the off center stitching technique for creating fabulous fringe necklaces or make custom fringe dog leashes in our Pet Accessories Category in the Gallery.
4. AFTER Sewing, take the whole rod unit back to work table
a. Make cut fringe, loose end fringe, brush fringe or loose fringe:
1. cut fringe from rod [opposite rod from sewn header, do not cut sewn header].
b. Create looped fringe, slide fringe off both rods without cutting - see your loops.
c. Create 11" drop fringe: Open scissors blades and slide one blade between the yarns wrapped around the rods.
I start at the opposite rod of sewn header on top of the rod. I slide the open blade upward toward stitched header and BEFORE clomping the blades closed - visually check both sides of fringe and make sure you do not see any blade - this will give you a clean cut. If you see some blade - back out the blade and try again.
d. Create 48" loose fringe with a 3" drop ( as suggested by Margaret Tully, Serger Guru of Baby Lock).
Sew parallel to each rod several times. Remove whole rod unit and take to work table.
Cut directly down the middle. Attach to your project. Thanks Margaret, great idea thanks for sharing it!
5. Attach fringe trim to your project by sewing, gluing or using snap tape. We sell snap tape in our Store.