I have a very nice Baby Lock sewing machine – the Elizabeth model. The machine comes loaded with all types of utility, quilting, and decorative stitches. I have only used about 5 of the 100+ options.
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One of the classes I am currently working on is called Stupendous Stitching. This class teaches sewing, couching, and related techniques for creating fabric art. As part of the learning process, the students are asked to create a “Stitch Bible” of all the stitches on their personal sewing machines. By actually stitching out every option and assembling the “pages” in a “book” we will have the opportunity to learn more about our machines.
Our instructor, Carol Ann Waugh, advises to alter the stitch properties on each stitch to discover even more options than you see in the manual. A machine with 10 stitch options can have so many more options than just 10. By changing the stitch properties to make the stitch sorted, smaller, longer, taller the possibilities are amazing! Ten stitches quickly becomes 20 and then 30 and so on.
My machine has 4 groups of stitches. The image above shows the first four “pages” of my stitch library. I have completed the first group, which is mostly utility stitches, and am little over half way through the second group of stitches. I have already learned a few things about my machine and discovered a few stitches that I will definitely want to use in the future! It feels really good to take the time to do this exercise because I paid a nice chunk of change for a good machine, so I really should learn all I can about what it will and won’t do, what it can and can’t do. Also, the more I use my machine, the better I become at using it.
Practice, practice, practice!
p.s. You can check out some of Carol Ann Waugh’s work on her Pinterest page!