Motif Border

Another of the stitch choices for lines is the Motif Border. As you might expect, this changes a plain line into a line of whatever motif you pick out. The line can be straight or curved. Sometimes you see this for the cover stitch on an applique. Blanket stitch is one of the choices in Generations and can be used if you want to have a hand-sewn look, although I think it would look better with a heavier thread than the 40 wt we usually use.Border created from a star motif

I started looking at motif borders because someone on Facebook asked where she could get lines to use for the dividers in subway art. My initial thought was that this should be easy, and it was easy to digitize the items. The difficult part was to figure out what sizes would be needed without having a specific pattern to look at.

I decided to created a variety of dividers 1″ and 2″ in length, hoping that anyone who used them would be able to get the length they needed by combining the two. This worked well on some motifs, but on others the short line didn’t have the same spacing as the long line, especially when I made the motif bigger.

Side note: When working with the motifs in Generations, it’s always a good idea to do a test stitch before you use them in a project. Something that looks fine on the screen may be a mess when stitched out.

Subway Art Ornaments and Lines

Here’s what I came up with. Obviously the file is not meant to be stitched out as is. Each element can be used in designs as  you wish. From the top, designs include triple (bean) stitch line,  0.6 mm satin, 1 1.0 mm satin, 2.0 mm satin, 3.0 mm satin, 5 lines created with motif border and dots and hearts I drew by hand. I also had a border of tiny crosses, but I didn’t like the way it looked, so that’s on the stack for editing later.

I had to divide this into three files for XXX (Singer) format. It did something strange when I saved it. (And while I’m thinking about it, why on earth would anyone choose XXX as a file extension? Do you know what happens when you use XXX as a search term?)

Subway Ornaments 4×4 – updated 2/17/2018 to correct an error

You are welcome to use these files to make objects for personal use or for sale. You may not resell or distribute the embroidery files. Be sure to test first.

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Categories: Lines and Ornaments, Working with objects

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5 replies

  1. wow and thank you for all the design……no wonder I’m not a digitizer!


  2. So awesome! I was not having luck finding small enough designs to use for borders. This is great! I love how you curved the design too! Very fun!



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