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From: IlovemySinger
Date: 08-19-2006, 12:52 PM (1 of 6)
I am working on placemats for christmas and thought that ric rac would add a little detail, but have never worked with it before. What is the best way to add ric rac to a project?
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Member since: 03-31-2006
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From: plrlegal
Date: 08-19-2006, 08:23 PM (2 of 6)
To add rick rack, I either zig zag it on or straight stitch it on depending on the look I want and how visible the stitches will be on the other side of whatever I'm applying it to. Others may have a different technique that will help us both.

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From: paroper
Date: 08-20-2006, 03:53 AM (3 of 6)
Depending upon the width of the rick rack you may be able to feed it through the zig zag portion of your presser foot. If you can, it will stay straight with your needle and all you'll have to watch is your seam allowance. I feed a lot of things there (like ribbon).

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From: woodywoodpecker
Date: 08-20-2006, 11:56 PM (4 of 6)
I read in a book one time ( and it could have been Sew News) about bar -tacking each side, which could open up new possibilities about using a co-ordinating thread for more decoration.
User: woodywoodpecker
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From: MaryW
Date: 08-21-2006, 11:19 AM (5 of 6)
One tip I always remember is do NOT stretch or pull on the rick rack. Let it lay naturally. Otherwise it curls up.
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From: SummersEchos
Date: 08-21-2006, 11:27 AM (6 of 6)
How large is the rickrack? Is it going on a plain fabric or printed? I have put rickrack on with floss in which I bring the floss up in the well over the rickrack and down in the well, keep repeating till it is done. I have also used two colors of rickrack and have woven them together. Or you can use it as an edging with just part of it showing the rest in the seams.

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