Show Your Stripes Blog Hop – My Stitching Stripes!

My Bernina 570QE is a relatively new machine. It arrived at my house in December (ordered in September) and I thought one way to get to know her, was to stitch out all of the stitches. The theme for todays hop is to show your stripes and mine are in the form of a book of stitches.

The basic stitches #1-24

According to Bernina, there are 1450 stitch patterns on the machine including: 34 Utility stitches, 16 Buttonholes, 450 Decorative stitches, 73 quilting stitches, 34 cross-stitch stitches, 8 alphabets. By my calculations, I stitched over 1,200 stitch patterns. I decided not to do the alphabet although I did memorize my name and year in the memory and can stitch that out just for fun when I need it.

Some fun stitches #29-141

I love having this stitch book. The icons are small on the screen and this gives me an “unadjusted look” at my stitches. I keep the notebook in with my manual and mastery books, right now in a drawer next to the machine. If you are interested in making your own, here’s what I did:

  1. Decided on black batik fabric for the background.
  2. Attached Iron-On Tear-away stabilizer for the backing.
  3. Used a bright green Aurifil thread for the top #1147 and grey #2615* for the bobbin.
  4. Trimmed the sheets to 8 x 11 so I could place in a clear sheet protector
  5. Used a sharpie to write the stitch numbers on the back.
  6. Protector sheets & 3 ring binder.
Many different buttonholes and some floral stitches #152-320

I didn’t change any of the stitch parameters and changed feet only when I needed to (for instance buttonholes).

Satin stitch and cross stitch patterns #321-440

I figured out how to tell it to stitch 2 or 3 repeats after I sewed for awhile.

I placed them all in a small 3 ring binder.

Hope you enjoyed our revealing our stripes and look forward to seeing yours, too. This was my One Monthly Goal and I am so glad to have it done!

Please take some time and visit the other bloggers on this hop. Since this is the last day I did include the others, but in reverse order.

Thursday, February 25th
Becky’s adventures in quilting and travel 
Patchwork Breeze
Kathy Kwilts and More
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
Cynthia’s Creating Ark
Inflorescence: Starting to Bloom by Choosing Joy
Stitch and Quilt
Creatin’ in the Sticks

Wednesday, February 24th
selina quilts
Quilting Gail
Karen’s Korner
Kathleen McMusing
Food For Thought
The Joyful Quilter

Tuesday, February 23rd
Life in the Scrapatch
Stitchin At Home
Homespun Hannah’s Blog
Karrin’s Crazy World
Quilt Schmilt
That’s Sew Kerry
Annie’s musings

Monday, February 22nd

Just Let Me Quilt
DayBrook Designs 
Ms P Designs USA
Storied Quilts
Den syende himme
Sew Many Yarns

Coming Up on the Blog:
Hosting TGIFF – 2/25-27
Dust Off A Quilt Book – 3/5
Tips and Tutorials on the 22nd – 3/22
Sand and Surf – 3/24

Linking Up:
One Monthly Goal

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  1. February 24, 2021 / 12:08 AM

    This is a very clever idea, Kathleen! Glad you are enjoying your new machine!

  2. February 24, 2021 / 1:37 AM

    I love your stripe reference manual.

  3. February 24, 2021 / 2:08 AM

    I always wanted to do this but never took the time. You may have inspired me.

  4. February 24, 2021 / 6:44 AM

    We used to make sewing books like this is college (theatre major). They do come in handy and helpful. Thanks for sharing with us all.

  5. February 24, 2021 / 6:49 AM

    Looks like you had fun with all those stitches! Enjoy your new machine.

  6. Cindy Pieters
    February 24, 2021 / 7:05 AM

    What a great idea! I did sew out a few different buttonholes on mine just as a reference, but I like your idea better. Have fun with your new machine!

  7. February 24, 2021 / 8:24 AM

    How fun…in our “new owners” class we did something similar and I still refer to it today!

  8. Selina
    February 24, 2021 / 8:31 AM

    This is a terrific idea. I will definitely put it to use when I get my new machine. I have the same machine on order since the end of October. I ordered it through my local quilt shop and they cringe when I stop in. The latest guesstimate is March sometime. Was it worth waiting for?

  9. Brenda @ Songbird Designs
    February 24, 2021 / 8:42 AM

    Great job on your stitch book!! I’ve wanted to do this also, but just never took the time. My granddaughter was learning my machine this weekend and we made a crazy quilt block and she loved scrolling through the multitude of built in stitches and choosing those she liked for her pillow block!! Glad you are enjoying your new machine!

  10. Connie Wolfe
    February 24, 2021 / 8:53 AM

    That was a very useful project. I am impressed with your patience to learn all the buttons that came with the complicated Bernina. Thank you for sharing this great idea!

  11. February 24, 2021 / 9:26 AM

    Hi Kathleen! What a great idea – so simple and helpful and one I’ve never taken the time to do. The little example that is shared on your sewing machine is never quite enough to show all the varieties available either. The stitch length and width make a design look totally different. I love that you shared your stripes with us! ~smile~ Roseanne

  12. February 24, 2021 / 9:35 AM

    Excellent project for the hop, Kathleen!!

  13. February 24, 2021 / 9:51 AM

    What a great idea. Thanks you so much.

  14. Vicki in MN
    February 24, 2021 / 10:10 AM

    You are so right that the machine icons are so small. So this is a great idea. I rarely take time to use my fancy stitches and I should.

  15. Nancy Bekedam
    February 24, 2021 / 10:27 AM

    I love the scalloped designs! And I can’t imagine how a sewing machine can do cross-stitch! Really neat idea and great job, Kathleen!

  16. February 24, 2021 / 10:34 AM

    What fun to have a new sewing machine! She has so many fun stitch patterns; enjoy her.

  17. February 24, 2021 / 11:22 AM

    Awesome idea!! I’m working on a quilt of embroidery stitches. Have a great day!

  18. Karrin Hurd
    February 24, 2021 / 11:41 AM

    What a great idea! I have an older Bernina embroidery machine.

  19. Linda Garcia
    February 24, 2021 / 12:11 PM

    I love your stitch outs. I have a new Bernina 770QE. I got the mastery book and have been working through that, but I think I may have to make some of these pages. Thanks for showing your examples.

  20. sewswift
    February 24, 2021 / 12:18 PM

    I’ve never used all the stitches on my Bernina, but what a great idea to show what’s in there! Thanks for sharing!

  21. Jean McKinstry
    February 24, 2021 / 1:31 PM

    This is such a great way to see the stitches, and I might now do the same with my Bernina 440QE. I had to wait about 4 weeks for mine about 10 years ago, We have had a Bernina machine in our family since about 1950!!! My Mum began with one, I think Dad sold a bull and some cows to pay for it, 73 po und in New Zealand !!! a huge upgrade after a singer treadle that he fitted a motor to, as my Mum did a hue amount of sewing for the farm ( cow covers in canvas with real leather straps) and all the local ladies, ball gowns, wedding gowns and dresses,,They are the best of all, in my eyes.

  22. February 24, 2021 / 1:50 PM

    That is a wonderful accomplishment! It will be fantastic to refer to down the road.

  23. Barbara Kaup
    February 24, 2021 / 4:55 PM

    Your stitching reference is a great idea–may have to try it with my Bernina 550 QE.

  24. Sharon Vrooman
    February 24, 2021 / 5:17 PM

    I keep a stitch book for each of my machines – muslin with red thread for my Juki and musling with blue thread for the Brother. Muslin so I can note pattern code – Very handy to keep with the machine manual.

  25. February 24, 2021 / 6:09 PM

    Brilliant idea!! we should all do a stitching book for our machines! 🙂

  26. Joan
    February 24, 2021 / 8:40 PM

    What a great idea. I just bought a 770 QE myself and am in the learning mode with it. I love the idea of stitching out all the patterns. I’m going to be needing to do some lettering on a project I’m starting. It never occurred to me that I can use the machine and not have to attach the embroidery unit. Thank you for that! 😉

  27. February 24, 2021 / 9:00 PM

    This is such a fabulous idea!! I think you hit the nail on the head by sewing up some samples. Sometimes simple basics are what we are lacking the most!! Thank you again for sharing a very worthwhile project.

  28. Janet Nancy
    February 24, 2021 / 9:57 PM

    When my younger sister was little, I would make her dresses and use the “cams” on Mom’s machine for decorative stitches. Don’t have a machine with fancy stitches or girl’s to sew for. Living in a sea of men.

  29. Carla
    February 24, 2021 / 11:30 PM

    Thank you for sharing your brilliant idea. What a great reference to have. Thank you for the great post in the Show Your Stripes Blog Hop. Such a unique idea!

  30. February 25, 2021 / 8:17 AM

    Kathleen I love this – thank you for sharing your process. When you say you used marker on the back to label, is it on a piece of paper or on the protector, or what? I would feel such satisfaction for having done all that!

  31. Carol Kussart
    February 25, 2021 / 8:45 AM

    Love your stitch book. I had made one for one of my machines that I then traded in!! The new owner got the book. I have barely started one for my now not-so-new machine (4 years old now) but yours is going to motivate me to get moving on doing more of my stitch book. Thanks for sharing these stripes!

  32. February 25, 2021 / 4:05 PM

    Now didn’t you have fun! And what a great reference tool too

  33. February 25, 2021 / 4:38 PM

    What a smart idea Kathleen! You are making me want to play with all the stitches on my Bernina again…haven’t done so forEVER… thanks for sharing all the deets as to how you made it.

  34. February 27, 2021 / 1:30 AM

    What a wonderful idea Kathleen. Stitches on the little screen just aren’t the same as having them on fabric; the perfect reference point. Thank you for sharing your Stripes project.

  35. Sue D
    February 28, 2021 / 8:16 PM

    So many pretty stitches.

  36. thedarlingdogwood
    March 1, 2021 / 12:51 PM

    What a great project and a fun interpretation of stripes! I did this last year and it’s so helpful. Though I don’t have nearly as many stitches as your Bernina! That’s a lot! I like your thread contrast and I’m sure you’ll be glad for the stitch reference.

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