Learn to Use a Cording Foot and Wing Needle
Making this Napkin will show you how to use a 5-Hole Cording Foot and a Wing Needle on your sewing machine to create a heirloom style decorative stitch.
I learned the basics of using these cool tool when I went to a Hope Yoder's Sip and Sew Event near me.
You can find one near you here
And I bought my foot and needle from my local Brother Dealer, Jones' Sew & Vac, who sponsored me to go to the event. :)
Prep your fabric by hand washing it or washing it on gentle in the machine, then laying it out on a large bath towel and rolling it up in the towel. Let it dry for a day, then take it our of the towel and press it using an iron and your spray starch.
Cut it into 18 inch squares.
Plan your design out on paper and test out your stitches on scrap linen. When you find a layout and stitches you like you can use your disappearing ink fabric pen to draw out your hem lines 1/2 inches from the edge and then I spaced mine out on the bottom of the napkin every 1/2 inch up from the hem.
Next your can change your color of cord on your foot like I did, I changed mine to white with light purple thread on top, which doesn't show up well in the photo but looks very nice and dainty in person. I was planning on doing a decorative stitch on both sides of the heirloom stitch but I thought it might look too busy with all that on there so I just did one in the end.
To attach your trim, out on your regular needle and foot, iron your bottom edge under twice to get a nice clean edge, then use a Blind Hem Stitch to sew them together. Butt them right up against each other under the foot, not overlapping. And the stitch will come out looking like you hand sewed it on.
Now you just need to make 3 more and you'll have a set ^_^