There are so many really great features on modern sewing machines that it’s sometimes hard to remember to use them all. For me, the stitch re-start feature is one of the most useful. When I was teaching the “Sewing Machine Basics” course, I would always make a point of making sure customers knew where to find this since I myself, use it so much. This is a feature that has been on Husqvarna Viking and Pfaff machines for a very long time, so if you have an older machine, the feature might be on your machine’s model. Each machine is a bit different, but check your owner’s manual for the symbol and see if your machine has it. Essentially, this feature allows you to re-start a decorative stitch or a sequence of stitches, so you can precisely line up these stitches however your project demands. I use it when creating rows of stitches that I want to line up or match. I also use it when I want to make sure my stitch is starting at the very beginning of the stitch after I have been sewing said stitch and want to start it again. I have done this, for example, when using the machine’s stippling stitch on a quilt. As I have come to the end of a row of stippling stitches, I have used the stitch re-start feature to begin the stitch exactly the same way I did on my first pass of stitches. This way, everything lines up and looks more professional and less like “bless your heart, you made this yourself, didn’t you?” See if you have this feature and think about how you might use this to your best advantage. Happy Sewing!