What a day this has been, so busy at work that I knew when I got there it was going to be what we refer to as Hell Friday. Then of course, I get home to find television in the bedroom has decided after 15 months to go crazy. Warranty expired after 12 months. Geezz. I jinxed myself yesterday with all of that happiness. When will I ever learn. Sorry.. no more complaining.
I had decided that today I was going to discuss all of those stitches that Ava from Couturgatory commented about on my sewing machine.
There they are.. makes this machine seem important, look at all it can do.
And honestly I haven’t used 90 percent of them, hell.. I haven’t even tried them and had no idea what they were called and their purpose. I set out to sew a sampler, so that I could see what they looked like. I used muslin, with iron on interfacing attached. I am sure that some would look better with stitch and width adjustment but for demonstration purposes I used the default setting given for each stitch. Please excuse the loose tails that I managed to not trim, it was late and I was getting lazy.
Let’s take a look, shall we?
Obviously 1 thru 3 are straight stitches, with a choice of needle position and the type of reinforcement stitch you want.
#5 – This is also a stretch stitch, a slight angled zigzag stitch, could use it but not often
#6 – A Baste Stitch, not sure why it is needed since I can adjust stitch length on #1 – #3
#7 and # 8 are also zigzag/overcast stitch, only difference is the position of the needle
#9 and #10 are considered two and three step zigzag/overcast stitches, don’t see me using this often
#11 – Overcast stitch for lightweight material and #12 is designed for heavyweight fabric
#14 and #15 is yet another overcast stitch, these are for stretch and thick stretch. I call them redundant
#16 – Overcast stitch on stretch again and it is also deemed decorative, geezzz
#17 and #18 are blind hem stitches, one for woven and one for stretch, these are useful
#19 Applique Stitch, perhaps useful if you appliqued but I don’t
#20 This is a shell tuck stitch, what the hell is that and when do you use it?
#21 and #22 are piecing stitches, I think I could again use basic stitches with same results
#24 Zigzag quilt stitch, do you think I really need yet another zigzag stitch?
#25 Zigzag applique quilt stitch, really?
#26 Quilting Background Stitch – how long would this take to background a quilt with this small stitch
#27 Satin Scallop Stitch – One of the stitches that I can use
#31 Smocking Stitch – This will also be a stitch that I would use eventually
#32 Fagoting / Decorative Stitch – I like this stitch when I am stitching a lining
#33 – Another Fagoting / Decorative Stitch, this one I just don’t like
#35 thru #40 are all considered decorative stitches,
(#38 is also considered an elastic attaching stitch, how many ways do I need to attach elastic?)
Are you bored yet with stitches? I know I am.
How many of these stitches would you use?
Tomorrow we are on to buttonholes, I am sure that you are as excited as I am?! NOT!