“Railroad” doesn’t actually sound like a time period that ought to have something to do with cross sew, however it’s a helpful approach if you wish to give your work a very crisp, uniform look.
I don’t know the place the phrase got here from or why this system is named railroading, however right here we’re. (Lord Libidan says its as a result of the threads seem like rails sitting subsequent to one another, much like the best way they give the impression of being in American railroad crossings, so do with that what you’ll.) It’s a way for forcing the threads of your stitches to lie flat.
That is best to do if you find yourself stitching with two threads at a time, however you are able to do it with with extra utilizing a device.
Probably the most primary option to railroad a sew is by taking your needle between the 2 threads if you kind the sew. This separates them and permits them to lie flatter than if you happen to sew with the each collectively.
After all you possibly can’t try this with greater than two threads, so the opposite possibility is to make use of a device, which is usually a bought device referred to as a laying device or thread controller, or you need to use a wood skewer, a chopstick, a knitting needle, and so forth. As you make the sew you flatten the threads with the device, make the sew across the device so the threads keep flat, then take away the device and tighten up the sew.
You possibly can see these strategies in motion at Catkin and Lille and Sirious Stitches.
Why would you wish to railroad your cross sew? It does make the completed venture look a bit of neater, and when you’ve got thread that twists lots as you sew it will forestall these twists from being current in your stitching. Some individuals say that railroading provides higher protection so you possibly can’t see as a lot of the material under the sew, however you would possibly wish to take a look at this your self.
In the case of stitching between the threads, this doesn’t actually take any extra time to sew than your customary technique (particularly contemplating most individuals solely railroad the highest leg of the sew, not each). If you’re utilizing a device, particularly with greater than two threads, it would sluggish your stitching time down significantly and may not be well worth the distinction within the outcomes.
Right here once more it might be nice to check it and see if you happen to desire the look of railroaded stitches sufficient to justify the additional time it takes.
Have you ever ever used this system? I’d love to listen to about it!
[Photo: Sirious Stitches.]