Stitch Card Reference Guide

These days our sewing machines can do so much more than the basic straight stitch.  To help keep stitches straight, I suggest create an easy stitch card reference guide.  This guide can provide an instant visual reference for your next project.  I especially love these cards for my serger machine.   They are simple to make and can be created with leftover fabric scraps.

Create an easy stitch card reference book for a quick visual guide.  The Sewing Loft

  Create a Stitch Card Reference Book

 

This project is for stitchers of all levels.

Skill Level- 1 Button

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Tools:

  • sewing machine & owners manual
  • fabric scraps
  • marker

Basic Instructions:

  1. Cut scrap fabric into squares. I cut mine 4″ by 4″ but any size will work.
  2. Pull out and refer to the owners manual to your machine. This will help you set your stitches properly.Create a stitch card reference book for a quick visual guide.  The Sewing Loft
  3. Select a stitch and sew around all four sides of the fabric square.  Repeat this process for each stitch your machine offers. Tip: If using a serger, don’t forget to tuck your tail in.
  4. Label each fabric square with the correct stitch name and any additional notes you would like to remember.Create a stitch card reference book for a quick visual guide.  The Sewing Loft
  5. Layer your stitch cards together and run a stitch in the upper corner to create a stitch card book.Create a stitch card reference book for a quick visual guide.  The Sewing Loft

Think of this new reference tool as your “little black book” of stitches.  I like to keep my book tucked away with my machine.  This way, when it’s late and I’m trying to remember just how much bigger the 3 thread overlock wide stitch is compared to the 3 thread narrow stitch, I can just pull out my book and look at them side by side. It really keeps things simple!

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Be sure to to check out our growing library for more easy sewing tips and tricks.  They are bound to come in handy during late night sewing projects!

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Comments

  1. I love this! It would also be helpful to write down the serger settings used for each stitch :)

  2. That’s a great idea! I love that they’re all sewn together into a book so you don’t lose the individual cards. I’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for later this morning that links to your tutorial: http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-sewing-machine-stitch-reference-cards/2014/05/06/
    –Anne

  3. Lori M. says:

    nice idea, sewing them all together, great tip…..

  4. Valerie says:

    Thank you Heather for great tutorial re easy stitch cards

  5. Tarien Roux says:

    I love this idea! I’m just a beginner and living rurally I have to figure things out on my own, so I’ve come to appreciate approaching my learning in quite a methodical way…

  6. When I purchased my Bernina (eons ago) and participated in the New User classes this is one of the techniques they stressed. I find it most helpful for my serger as well as my Regular machine

    • I think making these stitch cards is a great way to get friendly with a new machine. My girls love to practice sewing all the different stitches each machine has to offer.
      ~Heather

  7. Very helpfull, thank you for sharing.

  8. Charlotte says:

    I love the Easy Stitch Sewing Card. Thanks for sharing.

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