Machine Cording with Twinery Twine


Couching is an embroidery technique in which yarn or other materials are laid across the surface of the ground fabric and fastened in place with small stitches of the same or a different yarn. You can couch down Twinery twine the good old fashioned way, or you can get a handy little cording foot for your machine and sew away! I made a few fun St. Patricks day themed bar towels and will share with you some tips and tricks on making your own. 


Twinery Twine

Cording Foot for your sewing machine


Disappearing Ink Fabric Marker

The first thing you want to do is dial in your machine and the foot- on this foot I can do up to three kinds of twine at the same time, but I didn’t like the big zigzag stitch required to cover all three. I also tried a small zigzag stitch that crosses over the twine- that stitch shows up more and is more decorative. If you want the thread to be basically transparent- just do a straight stitch at 2.4-2.6 stitch length. 

sewing twine photo


Start simple with a straight line design and practice on scrap first

Trace a straight line with disappearing ink pen on your fabric

Pull Twine through the foot and out the back leaving about a 4 inch tail.

Unwind about a yard of twine, then place spool of twine (or card if your twine is carded) off to the right of your machine

Lay your fabric under the foot and twine

Start stitching, and make a small back stitch- while holding the tail taught. End your stitch the same way with a slight back stitch

Tip: the twine is attaching at the needle, not where it is feeding into the foot- so don’t worry about how straight its going in to the foot, just that its not getting tangled

When doing multiple lines, just use your foot as a guideline- lining it up to the first row you made, and so on

For Patterns and Words:

Choose a pattern (like my shamrock) and print out the size you want- lay under your fabric and trace over with the ink. For words just write directly on your fabric


Pick a nice straight edge to start on, pull fabric nice and tight of your going around small turns. For best results do NOT fully lift up your foot when turning corners, just barely raise it enough to move the fabric. I am lucky to have a leg lifts attachment which makes this much easier! 

Tip: When turning corners, use your hand to move the needle manually making sure you are catching the twine on the reverse turn


Practice those words first!- Denise Hahn

Winery Colors Used:

Marigold Mandarin  Strawberry Denim HoneydewSolid_Honeydew




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