What are all those pre-loaded stitches for?

In my recent review of the Janome MC8900 I mentioned that it came pre-loaded with over 250 decorative and utility stitches. So what in the world are they good for? Many things, actually. If you’re a beginning sewist you’ll probably decide you don’t really need them and you’re good with just a basic machine that has basic utility stitches (ie., straight lines, satin stitches, zigzags, etc.) and you’ll be right. However, if you do invest in a machine like the 8900, you’ll see that it has all of these fancy stitches and start thinking about putting them on dresses for little girls, shirts for boys, edgings on jeans and shorts, along curtain bottoms and insets in panels, table runners, pillowcases and on and on and on.

If you’re a quilter, your mind will probably start to wander toward art quilts. Craftsy has a great class on how to use these stitches for your quilts to create fabulous works of art that are original and beautiful! The class is called Stupendous Stitching and I have recently enrolled in it, as art quilts are on my bucket list. And for the remainder of the day, this class is on sale for $19.99 – $10 off the original price.

I don’t get in to hand embroidery much, but I do a lot of machine embroidery using my Brother SE400. The designs for them are fantastic and numerous, but I’m really limited on what I can do with a hoop and a pre-made design. I don’t have design software, so I use what I find on the internet – mostly at Embroidery Library or Urban Threads. So the ability to combine stitches and make visual interest in quilts and other items is an attractive option. Janome also has a circular sewing attachment that lets you make these stitches in circular patterns. They even have a video about it. With only a 4″ x 4″ space available in my hooped embroidery machine, 10″ seems like a big deal! Oh, imagine the possibilities: Framing a picture transferred to fabric, designing intricate circular motifs, creating quilted patterns, and probably more than I can think of!

The projects that have shown up through this Craftsy course are fantastic. I wish I had permission to show them, but you’ll just have to follow the link to see. These folks let their imaginations run wild and created visually interesting and useful items. So take a look, enroll in a course, try out those stitches, and discover what you can do today!!!!


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kathryn D. Duke
    Jul 20, 2013 @ 21:44:30

    you are soo right…I have a Bernina “top of the line” and I hardly ever do anything but straight stitch or zig zag…but I do love to sew!!


  2. Tammy Lyons
    Jul 21, 2013 @ 12:55:05

    I was super-excited to get all of those stitches and am itching to use them! I'm hoping this new class gets me from incentive to production. 🙂 I hope you get to try yours out too! We must break out of the straight stitch shell. LOL


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