With hundreds of decorative stitch options, creating a stitch sampler is a simple way to find your favorites.

October 13, 2016


Hi, I'm Jennifer Keltner with American Patchwork & Quilting and today's machine minute is brought to you by Baby Lock and the Symphony Machine. In today's message we're going to be talking about creating a stitch sampler. If you're fortunate enough to have a machine that comes loaded like the Symphony does with hundreds of decorative stitches, it can be tough sometimes to choose your favorites. What I suggest is that you create a sampler of your favorites. I took two layers of muslin, and the reason I choose two layers is because most of my decorative stitches are done either on appliques or pieces where I have a couple layers of fabric. So I chose two layers of muslin and then I started stitching out some of the stitch designs that I thought I would enjoy. I simply stitched them down and then wrote beneath the stitch or above the stitch what the number is off the machine. It gives me an opportunity to see more of the stitch than I see on the display, and it gives me a chance to see which direction the needle is going to swing. If you're making a stitch sampler, I do recommend that you write "top" on the top of your sampler, so that you know when you go back to use those stitches, which direction they run. It's a great way to get the most out of your machine so have fun making your sampler.