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Stitching a Closure

Fabric used for closures should be substantial and tightly woven or well supported by non-woven interfacing or other backing.  I used a quilted polyester jacket fabric, and backed it with black felt.  The polyfill in the quilted fabric was white, which made some fuzz, but that was not much trouble to trim away.

 After the first color stop, trim away the fabric outside the closure outline, and in the center of the buttonhole. Don't cut the water soluble stabilizer and don't try to trim too closely.  If the fabric is fragile, or not tightly woven, you may prefer to remove the inside of the buttonhole after the closure is finished, as is done with most buttonholes.

Put the hoop back on your embroidery machine and stitch the ornamental sections of the design.  In this case,that is  the leaves, stem and rose.

When the design is stitched up to the second appliqué hold down line, but before it is stitched,  slip a small piece of felt under the hoop.   It is possible to use other fabrics, but a non-woven is best.  

Lay a sheet of light weight water soluble film over the design and stitch the line of stitches that hold the backing to the rest of the closure.  

Trim the excess felt, but do not try to trim extremely close. Leave 1/8 inch or about 3mm. Finish stitching the satin stitch edge around the entire closure and the inside of the button hole area. 


How to Stitch a Closure, Page Two


Closures are stitched much like an appliqué design. The difference is in the material used for the base.  Use a water soluble stabilizer, as if you were stitching stand alone lace. I chose Badge Master.