Sewing Machine Stitching Guide

September 22, 2013

I don’t know about you but I tend to stick to what I am familiar with. I have confess to owning my sewing machine for nearly a year now and only using two stitches, straight and zigzag!!!

A while back I saw this idea of creating a stitch guide for your machine, and I have been meaning to make one for myself ever since!

Stitch guide

The idea  is create a guide numbering the width and depth of each stitch on your sampler. This creates a handy guide to refer back to whenever you are sewing a project.

Unfortunately I became distracted by the stitches, and realised that I had not set about the project in a sufficiently organised way to record this level of detail – I had only thought about stitches where you vary the length, and not those where it is possible to vary width and length creating many more variances!!


I am delighted to have discovered stitches which I will use, now I know how they stitch:)

Having had a hectic week I am looking forward to a slightly more relaxed week:) The eagle eyed will have noticed that I didn’t quite make my self imposed blogging every day for seven days – it just didn’t happen the day I worked 8 hours and then went out in the evening!!

Trusting you have had a creative week I am off to see what other people have been up to over at Handmade Harbour.


20 comments so far.

20 responses to “Sewing Machine Stitching Guide”

  1. Joan says:

    Great idea about the stitches. I’ve had my machine 20 years and yes I have used all 98 stitches!
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    • Amylouise5 says:

      Wow – 98 Stitches and you’ve used them all:) I love the fact sewing machines last:) My old one I have had for 18 years, and it’s previous owner had had it for 20:)

  2. Bev Newman says:

    That’s a great idea, have a similar phobia of my machine and I really need to get a touch braver 🙂
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  3. It’s always satisfying to learn something new, and make use of the tools you had but weren’t sure how to use!
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  4. Love Natalie says:

    My mum has a similar sampler that she made when she first bought her machine about 30 years ago. I have a piece of fabric that I practice on, that I keep under the foot of my machine when I’m not using it – it’s not so structured as to be a sampler, but it reminds me of the things I’ve practiced.

  5. I love the idea about the stitch sampler. I need to do one as all I use are zig zag and running. Hmmm.

  6. That’s a very good idea – I use about 4 of my stitch repertoire!
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  7. Ginny says:

    What a good idea. I only have 12 stitches on my machine. Perhaps I need a new one.
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  9. Leeanne says:

    This is a good idea. I love rediscovering old favourite stitches on my machine.
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  10. Leeanne says:

    This is a good idea. I love rediscovering old favourite stitches on my machine.
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  11. What a good idea, like you I haven’t been ‘adventurous’ with my machine, now’s the time to take your lead and have a go at more stitches 🙂

    Jan x
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  12. I’m just the same, i only ever use the basic stitches on my machine, but you’e inspired me to have a go with some of the others! x

  13. This is such a clever idea isn’t it? I’ve started to do this for embroidery stitches, but I hadn’t thought of doing the same for machine stitches.

  14. Simmi says:

    Brilliant idea! And looking through the comments it would seem that most of us are the same – I too only use straight and zigzag… am a total wuss when it comes to trying new things on the machine – mainly because I always want to try them on the custom order that I’m working on, rather than take the time to have a play! Simmi xx

  15. Lucy Blossom says:

    Such a good idea, I can see lots of us will be finding some fabric to make a machine sampler with! I love the stitch that is 3rd in from the left, its a great decorative stitch.

  16. CatkinJane says:

    I’m another that rarely uses the stitch options on the machine
    Having a play with the others is now on my to do list!

  17. Stephen @ Soy of the North says:

    This is a good idea. When I got my sewing machine, I went through all the stitches and made a list of the ideal settings for each of them, but I didn’t actually make anything like your guide which would have been a better idea.

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