Decorative stitches are stitches that …. decorate! Most embroidery stitches are considered decorative stitches. These can be done by hand or by machine (today’s sewing machines often have a number of these stitches built in ).
Many of the new machines on the market are equipped with many different decorative stitches like the one shown here. Quilters usually use these stitches when making crazy quilts.
The stitches below are some of the thousands (actually millions!) of stitches that are built into newer sewing machines. Not only do you have access to the “factory” stitches but you can also program your machine to make new stitches. Designs can be combined, “mirrored”, rotated, or in some cases, drawn on your computer and downloaded into your machine.
Some folks like to use decorative stitches when quilting through the quilt sandwich. I find this difficult to get the correct tension. I do like to use contrasting thread to make my quilting stitches an added “decoration”.