Perhaps I'm a little OCD but I get really annoyed at stitches that only go to one side when I am centered on my seam line. For example #78 & #80 below- the the hearts and stars all face the same direction.
So I use 2 functions of my sewing machine to improvise the stitches that I want. I have a programmable memory on my machine that will store up to 30 stitches so when I want to use the star stitch (#80) I put 1 repeat of the star in the memory and then I use the mirror image function on my machine (it looks like a half circle with a dotted line mirror image half circle facing it)
and I program in 1 repeat of the mirror image of the star. I leaves the rest of the spaces in the memory blank so when I stitch it just alternates between the star and the mirror image of the star and now it looks like this:
When I want to do the hearts I just clear out the memory and repeat the process for that stitch:
I even tried it with my blanket stitch. Here's what it normally looks like (#63):
and after I alternate it in the memory:
and when I'm really bored I just combine several different stitches in the memory- here's 1 heart 1 star and 1 flower:
I just thought I'd share that incase you have these functions on your machine too but haven't tried them- you can have a lot of fun with them!
4 years ago