Machine Stitch Sampler

By 9/17/2012 , ,

I finally did it! I made a sampler of ALL the stitches my Brother SQ-9000 cand do, it took a good bit of time, but it’s going to be very useful!Machine-Stitch-Sampler-007
I’d seen pretty samplers in embroidery hoops but my machine has 79 stitches so that wasn’t going to work.
So I did it a little less pretty but a lot more functional.
First I cut 3” wide strips of white cotton, then starched them and backed them with medium weight stabilizer.
Then using a disappearing ink pen I used my grid ruler to make lines 3/4” apart, this width worked out really well, they aren’t too close, but aren’t so far that it gets huge, plus I can ‘fold back’ the other stitches to see the one I’m considering alone.Machine-Stitch-Sampler-009
The I stitched and stitched and stitched. It worked out that each row was 25 for easy counting.Machine-Stitch-Sampler
Then I pressed them and added strips of pink in between so it’s a little easier on the eyes, and it makes it easy to look at a row a time. I did not add a backing since sometimes seeing what the back of a stitch looks like is helpful.Machine-Stitch-Sampler-002
Sadly this means you need to snip your threads. All 158 of them.Machine-Stitch-Sampler-005
If you haven’t made a sampler for your machine I highly recommend it, the stitch diagrams simply don’t due the designs justice!

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6 comments

  1. What a great idea!!! Not only is it useful, but it's cute, too, with the pink strips. Love this idea.

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  2. This is such a good idea! Currently, I only have an old school Singer (and I do mean OLD, ha-ha!), but I've been thinking of updating. This sure inspires me :) If I do get a new machine, I think I will borrow your idea and have a ready reference to all the different stitches. Thank you for sharing. And, by the way, I love the way that it is not only practical but very cute, too!

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    1. I've used it for every project since I've made it, and it's really helped me remember to use them all.

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  3. I can imagine this is very handy. Thanks for showing us on BeColorful.
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  4. I LOVE this idea... and am going to make one this week. I've got lots of old thread to use up too - perfect!

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    1. Didn't think of that, this project is definitely perfect for those almost empty spools that hang around forever! Be sure to link up yours' I'd love to see it!

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