HOWTO Baste Fabric Using the Husqvarna Designer SE

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How To Baste Fabric Using the Husqvarna Designer SE

Basting is a technique used to temporarily fasten together fabric or paper to make sewing easier.

This mini-tutorial shows how to baste fabric using the Craft Room's Husqvarna Designer SE combination embroidery/sewing machine.

How to Baste Fabric

1. If the machine isn't already on, turn it on. The on switch is at the right side of the machine, by the power cord.

2. Plug in the foot pedal at the right of the machine. The plug goes into the slot beside the power slot.

HusqvarnaDesignerSE AttachFootPedal.jpg

3. Switch from embroidery mode to sewing mode. On the touchscreen, find the top bar. Select the fourth icon from the left--it's the leftmost of two which have pictures of a sewing machine.

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4. Select Stitch 23, Basting Stitch.

HusqvarnaDesignerSE BastingStitchSelection.jpg

5. Sit in front of the machine, with the foot pedal under one foot. Place the fabric and your hands as shown in the following picture.

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Your hands should not be gripping or moving the fabric. The machine will automatically grip the fabric from underneath and pull it along. Instead, your hands should be loosely placed on top of the fabric so you can guide how it gets pulled through the needle.

As in the following diagram, press the foot pedal. Your fabric will be pulled through and the needle will engage. Guide it through, and release the pedal when you want to stop.

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6. Find the 'Foot Up' button and press it.

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7. Without cutting anything, pull your fabric away from the needle. Once it's away, cut the threads. No further action is needed; there is no need to trim or remove the loose threads still present in the needle.

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How To Remove Basting

The basting stitch is designed to be easily removed once you're done working.

1. Find the seam ripper.


2. Slip either of the sharp ends of the ripper under a loop of thread. Push it forward until the loop snaps.

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3. Repeat at multiple points along the baste line.

HusqvarnaDesignerSE RemoveBastingStitch CutThread.jpg

4. Flip the fabric over. Pull on the thread; it should come off easily. If not, use the seam ripper to pry/cut it out. It won't be necessary to pry much before the entire seam comes loose!

HusqvarnaDesignerSE RemoveBastingStitch PullThread.jpg