Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Improvising New Stitches

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!

37 comments:

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woah!

Laura said...

Seriously? Did you tell me about this and I forgot? Otherwise, why haven't you shared this before? lol Very awesome info! That was such a pain for me when I was doing June's quilt. Okay, next quilt! Which I should be starting in a few now that my machine is here. WOOOOHOOOOT! Great tip Sarah!

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