April 11 – Stitches

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.

Up Close Stitch Chart

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.

4-12#4 – This is a triple stretch stitch, I have used it with every knit I have sewn. Love this stitch

#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

13 = 22#13 is also considered an overcast stitch for heavy fabric and deemed decorative as well, another waste

#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

23-27#23 is a quilting stitch that is suppose to make it look like you hand stitched it.. Ugg..

#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

28-33#28, #29 and #30 Stitches are all considered joining stitches, could have I not used the piecing stitches?

#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

34-40#34 – Elastic attaching Stitch – didn’t we have this stitch #9 and #10

#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?)

41 - 47#41 through #47 are more decorative stitches

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!





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8 thoughts on “April 11 – Stitches

  1. I made it!! April 12, 2014 at 1:55 am Reply

    Oh but I am excited to see what tomorrow brings! Have a nice weekend!

  2. Mother of Reinvention April 12, 2014 at 3:08 am Reply

    Best machine I ever had was my Granny’s old treadle Singer. One straight stitch but it was neat, precise and beautiful. Didn’t need anything else. Thanks for showing what all the stitches are for. Never use any of mine except straight.

    • ksgentry April 12, 2014 at 12:40 pm Reply

      I think the older machines make the best stitches. And the buttonholes are always the best on a Singer. What til you see mine.. what a mess most of them are.

  3. Siri April 12, 2014 at 4:39 pm Reply

    Good Gawd! Your machine is a phrikkin’ rocket ship!
    I wish mine had that many different stitches:)

  4. Aya in Couturgatory April 12, 2014 at 7:46 pm Reply

    Goodness gracious. I could never keep all of those straight. Thanks for clearing #26 up –I was totally lost as to what that could be.

    • ksgentry April 12, 2014 at 10:53 pm Reply

      I only use maybe 8 of those stitches, the rest are just a waste of space.. And I still have no idea what a shell tuck stitch is or what it is used for.

  5. CP September 5, 2014 at 3:09 am Reply

    Could you tell me the machine please.
    I like some of the decorative ones.

    • ksgentry October 19, 2014 at 10:55 pm Reply

      I have the Brother PR6800PRW. It is exactly like the Brother SE400 or the SE425. I love mine and it did not break the bank when I purchased it.

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