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 a Stitch Card Reference Book
This project is for stitchers of all levels.
Skill Level- 1 Button
- sewing machine & owners manual
- fabric scraps
- Cut scrap fabric into squares. I cut mine 4″ by 4″ but any size will work.
- Pull out and refer to the owners manual to your machine. This will help you set your stitches properly.
- 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.
- Label each fabric square with the correct stitch name and any additional notes you would like to remember.
- Layer your stitch cards together and run a stitch in the upper corner to create a stitch card book.
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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