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Making a StitchBook _ Anaheim



Get to know your machine by making a StitchBook Not only will you see how beautiful the stitches are, but you’ll probably find ones you didn’t even know were on your machine! This 2-session class covers how to select and organize the supplies needed to make a stitch book, how to create the book, which presser feet are best for stitching the different types of stitches and ideas for using some of the decorative stitches on your machine.
Pre-class Preparation
• Cut 20-30 pieces of fabric (see below), each 9” x 6” Note: You will probably need more to complete your book and we will discuss in the first class session how to determine the total amount you will need. One yard of fabric yields 28 pieces of this size.
• Back each piece of fabric with fusible interfacing such as Shape-Flex. Tip: Fuse interfacing to a large piece of your fabric and then cut the pieces you need.
• Cut 20-30 pieces of medium weight stabilizer, either cut away or tear away, 9” X 6” each. The stabilizer will remain in the book to add body and structure.
• Select your thread (see below) and wind three full bobbins to get started. You’ll need more as you work on the book, but three should be more than enough for the first class.
• You will need fabric for the cover of your book, but we will discuss that in the first class session and create the cover in the second session.
• Bring the following presser feet to the first class session:
All-Purpose foot (Reverse Pattern #1/1C/1D or Clear Foot #34/34C/34D)
Decorative Stitch foot (Open Embroidery Foot #20/20C/20D or Clear Embroidery Foot #39/39C)
Fabric: Select a firmly woven, smooth fabric such as a heavy muslin or quilting cotton. Use fabric that is a solid color or has a subtle print. The idea is to let the stitch pattern show as clearly as possible, so you don’t want to lose any details in the print or texture of your fabric. Some stitchers think the stitch patterns show best on a dark fabric such as black or navy and others like a light background such as white or off-white. You may also choose to use bright solid colors, either the same choice for the entire book or a different color for each page.
Thread: The most important aspect of the stitch book is the combination of the fabric and thread. You want a clearly contrasting thread color that shows well on your fabric pages. You may select one color for the whole book or stitch each page in separate color. Another option is making every line of stitches on each page a different color, but be aware, this is a lot more time-consuming and its already going to take a lot of stitching to finish your book. I chose to use polyester embroidery thread because of its beautiful sheen. Rayon is another great choice and cotton thread will also work if you like more of a matte finish. I used the same thread in the bobbin just to make it easy to have a balanced stitch.

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Instructor: Susan Beck
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