Sewing Machine Stitching Guide

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 thoughts on “Sewing Machine Stitching Guide”

    • 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:)

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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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