These are some of the possible ways to attach lace to fabric.

There are 2 ways. The 1st leaves a raw edge, which is OK because the stitches lock the fabric from unravelling. Use either 3 sided stitch or 4 sided stitch.

As you stitch, stick your needle into the pinhole space, working the stitches tightly. Whether you use 3 sided or 4 sided stitch, both will prevent the cloth from fraying. When complete, carefully cut the excess fabric off the back.

My 2nd method involves folding. 

Work the first row to attach the lace to the fabric. When finished fold the cloth over on the back and work a 2nd row of stitching inside the first, catching both layers of fabric.

 

When the 2nd row is finished cut the excess fabric off the back.

 

Anyone who uses other methods, please add comments below.

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Excellent diagrams, - as Usual! - Lorelei. Well done. you explain it well.

Another way is to fold the fabric along the seam line, lay the lace behind the fold, with the footside edge level with the fold, and satin stitch, wrap/oversew the lace with small stitches Very close together, all the way long. Some people lay in one or 2 threads as well, while oversewing. I did not.  When complete, turn the work over, and with a thimble or something firm, smooth out the fold so the lace and fabric edge lay flat with the fabric centre. Then Very Carefully! - trim away the fabric from behind the lace - close to the stitching. 

I tried this way many years ago, on a little torchon mat, - and it goes in the washing machine and has never come apart - so it is quite a strudy way of mounting. I think it is a linen thread with a cotton fabric centre! Well Cotton was the only close match for the colour - a dark ecru.  Who cares - it works!!!!!!! :)

If anyone wants to descirbe another method please post it here, so folks can find all the discussion in the same place.  And if you have questions about this subject, this is the place to ask them.  And thanks, Liz.

Hi, Lorelei & Liz,

Is there any chance we could see good close-up photos of actual mounts that have been sewn these ways (fronts and backs)? 

Cheers,  Beth

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Beth

A good question.  I'll get around to it.  May take a few weeks.

Here are the 2 ways I have mounted lace.  The overcast method in the ecru is about 27 or more years old, - so not quite as neat as originally, on the back!!  But it has stood the test of time, - and gets thrown in the washing machine!!  Linen lace mounted on a cotton fabric.

The white Early lace (by Gil Dye in a UK Lace magazine) is more recent (about 4 years old) and is of 2 rounds of 4 sided stitch.  

This Machine seems to have put them in a different order - it seems to do its own thing!! But at least they are there!!!   4 sided stitch back, then front, and then  overcasting back and front.

I hope this helps.

Good pictures, Liz.  They really show how it looks.

This does leave on the 3 sided stitch method with between b and c unstitched, I suppose this would be done at the end but if so then you would be further away from the next sequence of stitches. Unless you are working from left to right, so sorry to question this its just this seems such a good way to attach lace to fabric and would like to remember it. I just see with going down at C you would have to come up again at the end of b.

I am slightly dislexet so please let me know where i am going wrong.

The washing machine!! You must a good firm lacer as your work still looks great.

Elizabeth Ligeti said:

Here are the 2 ways I have mounted lace.  The overcast method in the ecru is about 27 or more years old, - so not quite as neat as originally, on the back!!  But it has stood the test of time, - and gets thrown in the washing machine!!  Linen lace mounted on a cotton fabric.

The white Early lace (by Gil Dye in a UK Lace magazine) is more recent (about 4 years old) and is of 2 rounds of 4 sided stitch.  

This Machine seems to have put them in a different order - it seems to do its own thing!! But at least they are there!!!   4 sided stitch back, then front, and then  overcasting back and front.

I hope this helps.

Selena: 3 sided stitch is usually worked so each leg is stitched twice. So the actual sequence would be

up at a, down at b

up at a, down at b

up at c, down at a

up at c, down at a

up at d, down at a

up at d, down at a

up at d, down at c

up at d, down at c

Also, my instructions are for a right handed person.  In that case, working from right to left is easiest on your hands and wrists, a most natural and comfortable hand position.  A leftie would work left to right, and would have to re-draw the diagram

LEFTIE

up at s, down at t

up at s, down at t

up at x, down at t

up at x, down at t

up at x, down at s

up at x, down at s

up at y, down at s

up at y, down at s

up at y, down at x

up at y, down at x

up at z, down at x

up at z, down at x

I don't do the double stitch. I did at first - that was what the books said to do, but I find a single stitch is good enough to hold the lace onto the fabric.  I thought the double stitch looked lumpy and too 'bold' for my liking, so tried the single stitch, - liked it better, and have stuck with that!!

(But then - I always was 'contrary'!!!  :) )

Now this makes more sense with the double stitching and being right handed I see how the stitches work well for this. I did not realize the stitches were meant to be double. Thank you so much, this is deffinatly the way i will use to attach my lace to my coat hanger.

A very important discussion. Thanks for the tips.

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