Stitch Card Reference Guide

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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.

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  Create a Stitch Card Reference Book


This project is for stitchers of all levels.

Skill Level- 1 Button



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

  2. anneweaver1974 says

    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:

  3. 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.

  7. Embroiderymad says

    Very helpfull, thank you for sharing.

  8. projmama says

    I love my “cheat sheets” as I call them – but for my serger, I color coded the threads so that when tensions aren’t perfect, it’s easy to fix!

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

  10. Nice idea… my regular machine has 18 decorative stitches though… Would be kinda tough to sew through that many layers to attach the cards in a booklet. I’m thinking along the lines of a sampler (one page, showing all the stitches.) I would number each stitch and then put my notes on a separate page to which I’d attach the sampler, sewing through just two layers. Opening as a booklet then with the stitches at left, notes on the right. The problem I can already see with that idea is that it would have to be rather large, so not as convenient to keep near my sewing machine. Might make an interesting wall hanging…

  11. Tsu Dho Nimh says

    I punch the corner and put them onto a big ring clip – that way you can add more.

    My home ec teacher had us staple the samples to paper and put them into a 3-ring notebook, along with our references for things like bound buttonholes and hand stitching.