There is such a variety of stitches on the machines today that it’s often difficult to make a choice, but don’t forget you can create your own program (Husqvarna Viking), pattern (Brother) or sequence (Pfaff) of stitches with ease. Most machines that are computerized machines have the ability to create a series of different decorative stitches anywhere from 50 – 99 stitches long, strung together the way you think they look best. You can use lettering and/or decorative stitches together in these creations and use them as a border, as your own created embroidered fabric or even for just something as mundane as putting a name into clothing when staying at summer camp (those were the days, weren’t they?)
If you haven’t given this feature on your machine a try in a while, you may want to take some time to experiment and see what you come up with. If you create something you really like, remember to save it into your machine’s memory. Every machine that can program/sequence has a least one memory space. The further up the machine line you go, the more memory space you get. If you have forgotten how to access the programming/sequencing feature on your machine, refer to your owner’s manual. In fact, you may want to keep the manual handy if you are a little rusty with this feature, since there are usually quite a few choices you can make for your creation.
Every machine will allow you to change the length and width of your chosen stitch, which can sometimes make quite a difference in the look of your creation. You will also have a mirror image feature and most machines have the ability to duplicate. Remember, while duplicating, make the changes to the original stitch first then duplicate it. The changes will be duplicated with the stitch and you will not have to make the same changes to the same stitch over and over. Also, don’t forget to use the multi-directional stitches on your machine if you have them. They can create patterns that appear to step up or down and can create some very pleasing effects. Lastly, remember to add a Stop or a Stop and Snip to your program/sequence. If you forget this step, you will be creating a border that will stitch out indefinitely.
Finally, if you have an embroidery machine that allows you to use the sewing stitches while you are in the Embroidery Mode, you must enter your Programming/Sequencing through the Embroidery Mode. Sewing stitches and embroidery stitches are in two different languages. Programming/Sequencing in Embroidery mode allows the machine to translate into the language it needs to stitch out your creation in the hoop. Happy Sewing!