Not everyone can afford the Special Sashiko Machine by Babylock While I lust over the idea of owning a true Sashiko machine, there is a fake workaround. On many domestic home sewing machines, there is a stitch that will fake a “hand look” or “sashiko” stitch. The stitch is on most machines, looks like a running stitch - some may call it a hand quilting stitch. It is simply a straight stitch followed by a triple stitch, just try those stitches on your machine! Experiment! To get the hand look/sashiko illusion, it is done by putting monofilament / clear thread in the needle, while loading the bobbin with the thread you desire to see on the top of your work. You can use many specialty threads in the bobbin that would never go through a needle and you don't need any special machine. you can use different threads and get different results. The bobbin tension is set looser ( it’s a good idea to even own a second bobbin case that you can mess with for this purpose) and the top thread is slightly tighter.
The stitch on the machine will then pull the bobbin thread to the top – with the monofilament running between the stitches on top to create the illusion of a “break” between the stitches – as if done by hand. A true Sashiko machine does not have a top thread – the machine does a special stitch that pulls the bobbin thread to the top, makes a stitch, then runs a stitch on the underside.. and repeats. It’s beautiful – and it’s perfect for a hand look quilting finish
These Sashiko samplers are pre-printed with "wash-out" stitching lines. The fabric is 100% cotton. One 13" square is pre-printed with the design while the other half is plain. These Sashiko squares have been used many ways including stitching the 2 layers together or making a pillow using the pre-printed side for the top and the plain piece for the back. Another idea is to use a different fabric for the back and design your own Sashiko on the plain piece. Let me know if you have more ideas.
Sashiko quilting (Pronounced: SA-SHEE-KOE) is a form of quilting originating from Japan.
Centuries ago, Japanese peasants practised a running-stitch technique called "little stabs" to patch torn or worn clothes. Mending was vital as cloth and thread were scarce and therefore valuable.
When white cotton thread became available, this was used for patching indigo blue garments, and this gave Sashiko its distinctive appearance.