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Stitch Bible

No, friends, this is not a publication by a religious group. This is an exercise in making a reference guide for your own sewing machine.

Yesterday I took a few hours to document all the stitches that are programmed into my Bernina 1080 Special. I would have done this sooner but for my own impatience to get on with my making.

Basically, you just make a column of stitches, move to the next button and repeat until you have a sample of each stitch. In addition, I changed length and width as I stitched along, making notes in permanent marker along the way.

It wasn’t as boring as I had imagined, mostly because I listened to podcasts while I stitched.

Even though my Bernina only has 28 different stitches, I worked my way through several bobbins of thread. The payout of this exercise is getting to play with different combinations of the stitches that I discovered. My favorite setting is the mirror-image button. This allows me to highlight nice sections of my fiber objects with mirrored embroidery stitches.

I also learned how to couch cord, ribbons and yarn.

If you haven’t made a stitch bible for your sewing machine, I suggest that you give it a go. It may spark in you some creative ideas for future fiber play.

Author:

One of six children, I was raised by a busy mom, who instilled in me a love of fabric. Though I learned to sew and knit at a young age, it was the arrival of my first grandchild that pushed me into action. A long-time knitter, I am now ready to explore all things fiber.

6 thoughts on “Stitch Bible

  1. That looks like a fun activity. Also it is handy to have stitchouts of all your stitches so you can choose a different stitch that you have not used yet. Also it is helpful to see how the stitches look when you change width and length. Sometimes you get a totally different look. Which I am sure you noticed.

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  2. I can’t believe you can make curley Qs on a sewing machine! I am so much in the dark ages when it comes to sewing. But you are on top and keeping the rest of us on top, too. I have a friend that sews — I am going to send her a link to check your blog out — you are sooo full of information! Thank you!

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