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Bernina Stitch Bible

Created in this Craftsy Course

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
Isobel on craftsy.com

What materials did you use? Plain cotton fabrics, Madeira Threads - 30's Rayon and metallic FS 2/2 No20

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What are you most proud of? I have learned so much about my machine already. I am no longer afraid to tamper with the Tension dials, have learned so much about altering the stitch length and width - the resulting stitches are nothing like the diagrams on the screen or in the Manual ,and there are so many beautiful stitches that I would previously not have considered. I have learned to applique using metallic thread, quilted the inside covers, embroidered my name using the inbuilt programme ,and learned to use the overlocker (Bernina 1150MDA) which the dealer gave me when I purchased the sewing machine. Altogether a really exciting start to Carol Ann's course.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Go for it! Take your time, and work taking regular breaks. - but most of all enjoy yourself.!

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Great idea!

05/27/2013 Flag

Isobel, what are the dimensions of your Stitch Bible? It is the most beautiful one I've ever seen! Now I'm inspired.

06/17/2013 Flag

Looks good. I've just started mine. Over 200 stitches to do. Hope it looks as good as this. My machine is Elna 6600

06/21/2013 Flag

WOW! You made this a piece of art in itself! I wouldn't have taken time to make a stitch bible that was as beautifully done as yours, but this is inspirational. I'm so glad I hadn't started mine before I saw yours. Even if mine doesn't come out nearly as nice as yours, I will certainly put much more effort into making it a tool that I'll not only enjoy using but take pride in. Thanks for being an inspiration to others, Isobel.

10/02/2013 Flag

Thank you for your very kind words. The Bible has proved to be a very useful tool , not only for my piece of Stupendous Stitching work, but currently for my first ever foray into quilting. I am at present tackling a type of wall hanging using the circular attachment for my machine and sewing many of the decorative stitches (from my Bible) to attach appliques in the round. I discovered Libby Lehman on the Quilt Show (with Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson) and thought that her work was absolutely fascinating. I find that some of the American ideas are quite different from those in the UK and I am not really into traditional forms of quilting. I love working with bright colours and out of the ordinary ideas, and find that as she is a Bernina educator she makes me want to practice using the different attachments for my machine, just as Carol inspired me with her new (to me) method of Stupendous Stitching. Persevere with your Bible, it is well worth the effort Kindest regards Isobel

10/04/2013 Flag