Machine Stitch Sampler

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

  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!

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

  3. I can imagine this is very handy. Thanks for showing us on BeColorful.

  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!

    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!