If you’ve been thinking about making a stitch book, I would encourage you to stop thinking and just do it! You will not be sorry. There are so many reasons to create a book that shows all of the stitches on your machine sewn with thread on fabric, but this post is about the three reasons I think are the most compelling.
Most of today’s machines have so many stitches, both practical and decorative. Your owner’s manual and the screen (or on the front, or inside the lid, etc.) of your machine shows the graphic version of the stitch. This image may or may not resemble the actual stitch. No matter how good the drawing is, it can’t hold a candle to the sewn version of the stitch pattern. Stitching it on fabric with beautiful threads really brings it to life and shows its real beauty. It will inspire you to use more of your stitches, and having a stitch book saves you time when you are looking at decorative stitches for your next project. It becomes a reference book that you will turn to over and over again.
When you sew all of your stitches, you’ll be amazed at how much you will learn about your machine. Even if you have had your machine for a while, you’ll discover features and functions you didn’t know about or ones that you haven’t tried. If you have a new machine, this is the perfect time to explore all that it does and everything you can do with it.
You’ll also learn more about the presser foot that you use to sew each stitch. Many stitches can be sewn with the all-purpose presser foot that comes with your machine. But other stitches may need a particular foot. For instances a heavy satin stitch pattern does not stitch well with the all-purpose foot because the sole is flat and doesn’t allow the thread build-up to easily move under it.
For more information about which presser feet are suitable for a particular stitch, consult your Big Book of Feet as a reference. CLICK HERE for more information about the BERNINA Big Book Series.
If you don’t know where to start, take a look at The Big Book of Stitches. There’s an entire chapter on making a stitch book – how to get started, how to keep going (slow and steady, or go, go, go!), and how to finish. It’s not hard to make a stitch book, but it is an endurance challenge to get through the stitching part. Both The Big Book of Feet and The Big Book of Stitches are available at your local BERNINA store. So get busy, start stitching, and you’ll be glad you did!