People who are new to the art of sewing probably will not be aware of the fact that there is an abundance of different types of stitches to choose from. Each stitch can transform the entire aesthetic of the garment that you are working on. Because of this, it is important to get to know a sewing machine’s stitches when buying a new one so that you know what you have to work with. Some sewing machines will have a wide assortment of options, while some may only have a handful. There is, after all, only one way to find out!
Here are some tips on how to experiment with the various stitches before getting started on any new and exciting sewing machine projects:
Refer to the Manual
This is the easiest way to find out how many different types of stitches your new sewing machine has to offer. If you bought the machine second-hand and do not have access to a manual, the stitches will also usually be displayed on a dial, an LCD display or on the body of the machine.
Disappointed with the Number of Options?
Fear not! You can alter the look and feel of basic stitches just by changing their length or the width between each one. By changing the length, you can make a row of stitching look more or less dense. By changing the width, the row of stitching will appear wider or narrower.
Use a Twin Needle
This is a simple way in which to add some variation and character to your stitching. Do not forget to experiment with spacing the needles closer together and further apart for even more disparity and creative freedom!
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