This and That

I haven’t spent time in the sewing studio…not a lot anyway.  So I do not have a lot to share.

I have pieced a backing for the Lets Sew Quilt Along quilt.  I don’t have a photo of the backing, but here is a reminder of the flimsy:

Lets Sew Quilt Along

I have added borders to the Squared Away Sampler from RSC18:

RSC18 Squared Away Sampler

Many moons ago (many, many, many), I created a stitch reference book for my Bernina 1530.  The book became a very useful too, and I used it quite often.

When I got the Janome 6500, I thought to do the same.  However, I only thought about it and never got around to actually doing it.

I finally decided to make the time to create the book.  I am learning about the machine’s capabilities, and becoming much more familiar and comfortable with the machine. 

Not all stitches resemble what is shown in the manual!  For this reason alone, it is worth the effort!

Why didn’t I take the time to do this sooner?!

Janome 6500 Stitch Reference

I have eight pages stitched out.  I have yet to stitch the buttonholes and letters.

When I am finished, I will create a book with the pages and keep it close to the sewing machine.

Janome 6500 Stitch Reference

Have you created a stitch reference book for your sewing machine(s)?

14 responses to “This and That

  1. I did for my older machine, but not the newer one. Too many stitches!


  2. Hi Laura! I haven’t created a stitch reference book for my sewing machine, but I have thought about doing so. I have instead been collecting FMQ designs in a notebook of sorts. Maybe I can get to that in the new year! ~smile~ Roseanne


    • Collecting FMQ designs into a notebook has also been on my someday to-do list, Roseanne! It sure is tough to make myself find the time to simply sit and explore stitches and techniques. I always feel like I should be “getting something done”. Whatever happened to playtime anyway? 🙂


  3. A stitch-book is a great idea and also quite an undertaking…I’m impressed. Can’t wait to see the backing on your ‘sewing machine’ quilt. Glad you’re able to squeeze in some fun time doing quilty things.


    • You will not be impressed with the pieced back, Laura. It is simply two fabrics sewn together. I guess I am done with this project…will need to self-motivate to get it quilted. Ha, ha!

      The stitch book initially takes time, but it is well worth it to me. I have already learned a few things about my machine. 🙂

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  4. That’s a great idea Laura!


  5. The let’s sew quilt looks great. I have never thought of creating a stitch reference guide but it’s a brilliant idea.


    • Thank you! I can refer to the stitch reference book much easier than I can the manual…I now know exactly what the decorative stitches and buttonhole types look like when stitched out! 🙂


  6. Neat Idea on the stitch book! I have never really used all the stitches that are on my D1 Husqvarna. I really need to get Clay to clean it this month and switch to my Sapphire (Husqvarna) for awhile. Both of your quiilts look great!
    The Let’s Sew QA is really stunning!


    • I haven’t used all the stitches on my machine, either, Nanette. Perhaps I will make better use of the machine now that I am much more familiar with it! 🙂


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