Books on Monday – Your Machine’s Decorative Stitches

As you may know, I was at the AQS Show in Grand Rapids last week. While there, I picked up three books. This is the first of those three. Today we are looking at Your Machine’s Decorative Stitches by Karen Linduska. The link below is the Amazon Affiliate link.

This is not my normal type of book because it looks a bit more artsy than I am. But I picked it up because I thought that maybe I’d like to learn how to use my machine to its fullest capacity. At least using more of its stitches. Maybe putting some decorative stitches on a pillowcase or using some for appliqué. I have not been using many of the features of my sewing machine, other than needle up, needle down, backwards and forwards. (In the spirit of full disclosure here, I must confess that two days after purchasing this book, I purchased a new sewing machine – but that is a story for another post.)

I found this book very enlightening and feel like I have learned quite a bit about some of those decorative stitches and uses for them, even though I do not see myself ever doing any of the projects in this book. Well, maybe I will try some parts of some of the projects just for practice. I do want to work with fancier stitching in some things. I’m just not sure why this bug has bitten me.

Here are the sections in this book with some annotations by me:

  • Introduction – This covers these subtopics: The Birth of Decorative Stitch Threadwork, What Is Decorative Stitch Threadwork?, How Is It Done?, What Stitches Can Create Surface Design?, What If My Stitches Aren’t Perfect?, Free Up Your Inner Five-Year-Old
  • Getting Started – I’m not going to list all of the subtopics here. Let me just say there is a great section on terminology and lots of  excellent illustrations. This is a very thorough getting started section that made me want to rush home and get started.
  • Next come the projects – 12 of them
  • Resources
  • Meet Karen Linduska

I do recommend this book to anyone who is looking to get started using some of their machine’s decorative stitches in projects.

Quilt on!

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