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Stitch Bible Plan of Attack

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Stupendous Stitching: Adventures in Surface Design taught by Carol Ann Waugh

Set your sewing machine and imagination free in this fun exploration of embroidery designs, decorative sewing machine stitches, couching and binding.

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Category Quilting
Type Functional
Style Casual
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What materials did you use? Canvas, heavy weight fusible pellon, polyester/cotton thread, sharpies

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Took me a few days of trying to get the logistics of starting, straight in my head. I tend to over think/complicate things. I'm using my new machine a Singer Superb Model 2010 that was a gift from my grandmother. She had actually bought it for herself about a year ago @ couldn't get the hang of it. Got frustrated & sent it to me, when she heard my machine (singer 600e, which had been her moms), had a broken part. She said I was young & could figure it out....honestly, this thing confuses the heck out I just started sewing a year ago & was very comfortable with my nannas old machine. I'm not a huge fan of the computer. My mechanic & generally all around handy husband can't fix it if it breaks. But, another gal with the same machine, sent me here to this class as a way to get familiar with it. Here's hoping! Anyhow, there are over 200 stitches & if I make changes at every width & length I'd never finish...but just 3 changes didn't seem like enough...I've only used the straight & zig zag in the past & I'm very visual...I felt as though I needed to see a few more changes to really know how the stitch would change. I also didn't want to make great big pages...anyhow, I've still got a lot to do, but I thought I'd share a picture & how I'm creating my's not the prettiest...but maybe it will help someone else get started. I picked a canvas material....should have gone with cotyon. My sharpies ate not a fan of the canvas material, but I thought the extra weight would be nice for pages. I backed them with heavy fusible pellon. I cut each page 9"7". Starting from the right side I marked a line in pencil every 3/4" This gave me 10 columns for stitching & room for a title. for each stitch I'm doing 5 different settings. I start with the default or auto setting. change to the minimum width & minimum length. change to the minimum width & maximum length. change to maximum width & minimum length. change to maximum width & maximum length. In a few more stitches I'm going to also have an elongation option for some stitches & I'll have to figure out how to do that & see how that changes...but for now, that's how I'm working through my stitches. oh, & made my stitch lines by running the left side of my presser foot along the left line of each column. Before I would start stitching on a new setting, I made a small mark on the right line of the column even with my needle. That told me where I changed settings & where to write for each setting change after I finished a row....I also sat down & wrote out the 5 changes I planned to make 2 each stitch, before hand. That way I didn't have to remember them & could write them on my fabric when I was finished. My owners manual, gives me the settings for each default stitch along with the minimum & maximum setting for width & length for each stitch. So I just sat down with my owners manual to write out my plan of attack;-)

02/05/2014 Flag

I like your organization. Gear tip !

02/24/2014 Flag
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Nicely done. You will get a lot of use out of this when you finish and also, you will be the Master of your machine!

02/05/2014 Flag