The final thing I learnt about with my sewing machine this week is Fagoting!

Now to be honest I'd never heard of this until I read it in my instruction book. Have you?

Fagoting is a method of joining two hemmed pieces of fabric together with decorative stitching, and leaving a gap between the two pieces.

This one was nice and simple to do.

Just fold the two edges of the fabric over and press, then pin onto a piece of paper leaving a small gap in between!

Then using a regular sewing machine foot and these stitch settings (number 9)

Line your machine foot centrally on your seam and stitch away!

Then pull away the paper from the back and you're done!
(I used regular white paper, but would choose tissue paper or similar next time as it would be easier to remove without pulling the stitches)

So here you have my test example of Fagoting!

Another decorative stitch to keep in mind for future projects!

Have you ever tried this?

I hope you've enjoyed these mini tutorials on things sewing machines can do! They included rolled hems, blind stitch hemming, smocking, pintucking and fagoting.
I learned lots of new useful techniques that I'm sure I'll be using again soon!

How well do you know your machine and do you make full use of all it can do?

Next I shall have to start to explore my overlocker (serger)! I'll add that to my to-do list and look at it gradually over time! I have two large books with overlocker projects in, so I know there are lots of possibilities to discover!


  1. And fagoting would be useful... how? ;-)

    1. Well - so far as I can see, it's just a decorative effect - have a look here to see it used on a pretty top..


      I'm sure I can fit it into a bag somewhere....

  2. Isn't it wonderful what the sewing machines do now (I'm an old girl) When I went to sewing classes in early 1950's we learnt to do this by hand. I remember a dress made with a faggotted inset bodice (around the neckline) It was quite beautiful, to be worn to a wedding. The bodice was laid out onto a paper backing, the (to be) faggotted piece was cut out and the edges "finished off" then strips of the same material piped and
    placed into the opening and stitched to the paper backing in the desired pattern then faggotted together, much of it looking like spider web. I very much doubt if that could be done on a machine. The faggotting that I remember was much like embroidery and took ages to do. Thanks for taking me on a trip down memory lane!

    1. Thanks for stopping by Olive! That dress sounds amazing! I couldn't find too many pictures of faggoting, but I love the idea of it and want to try adding it to some of my projects!

  3. Thank you so much for these mini tutorials!!!! I appreciate the work you do preparing these tutorials for us, everything is clear, thank you very much. Now is time to turn on the sewing machine and start trying techniques, ahhhh thanks for the inspiration!!!

    1. Thanks Marisa! Have fun trying things out with your machine!!


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