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Even more decorative stitching on the Brother NQ900 machine

 

Yesterday I showed you how to do some machine applique with the Brother NQ900 machine.

 

Brother NQ900 machine
Brother NQ900 machine

 

Even though I’ve used many of the decorative stitches on the NQ900 for my projects this week, there were still many more that I wanted to try. I did some stitch samples of the cross stitch designs from the decorative stitch panel #2. There are 15 cross stitch designs in all. In my sample, the green thread is a light-weight polyester, the pink thread is cotton and the blue is a heavy-weight cotton. I think you’ll agree that all of the stitches are very attractive!

 

Here is a sample of just a few of the many cross stitch designs that are available on the Brother NQ900.
Just a few of the many cross stitch designs available

 

Then I tried some of the satin-stitch designs. They’re in decorative stitch panel #2 on the machine. In my sample the green thread is a light-weight polyester and the blue is a heavy-weight cotton.

 

A sampler of a few of the satin stitch designs available on the Brother NQ900, stitched using a variety of threads.
Satin stitch designs

 

I love the fact that you can use the “back to beginning key” to start any pattern right at the beginning of the design.

 

Touching the "back to beginning" key on the Brother NQ900 lets you start stitching any pattern at the beginning of the design.
Touching the “back to beginning” key lets you start stitching any pattern at the beginning of the design.

 

If you want a mirror image of any stitch, you just touch the mirror image key. Both of these keys are easily accessible right on the front of the NQ900.

 

When you touch the mirror image button indicated by the arrow, you get a mirror image of the stitch design. This is also shown on the LCD screen on the Brother NQ900.
When you touch the mirror image button indicated by the arrow, you get a mirror image of the stitch design. This is also shown on the LCD screen.

 

When you touch the single/repeat sewing button indicated by the arrow, you get just one stitch pattern. The single stitch is shown on the LCD screen as a heart in the top right hand corner.

 

When you touch the single/repeat sewing button on the NQ900 (indicated by the arrow), you get just one stitch pattern. The single stitch is also shown on the LCD screen.
Sewing a single stitch pattern

 

When you touch the single/repeat sewing button a second time, you can sew the stitch design continuously. This is shown on the top right side of the LCD screen as a heart shape plus half a heart shape.

 

When you touch the single/repeat sewing button on the NQ900 again, you can sew the stitch design continuously. This is shown in the LCD screen as a heart shape plus half a heart shape.
Sewing the stitch design continuously

 

There are five different sets of character stitches on this machine, so of course I had to try all of those as well. When sewing character stitches, the machine automatically sews reinforcement stitches at the beginning and end of each character. What a great feature to have! You can also change the space between characters by selecting “Character Spacing” in the settings screen.

 

Adjust the character spacing by pressing the "+" or "-" key. The higher the setting, the wider the spacing will be between the characters.
Adjust the character spacing by pressing the “+” or “-” key. The higher the setting, the wider the spacing will be between the characters.

 

Here’s my stitch sample using all five sets of character stitches on the Brother NQ900.

 

Samples of all 5 character stitches on the Brother NQ900.
Samples of all 5 character stitches

 

I’ve really enjoyed using the Brother NQ900 machine for the past few weeks. It’s such a user-friendly machine! The manuals are excellent and easy to follow. Everything I tried on this machine worked just as it’s supposed to.

Now I just have to find time to make more projects so I can use even more decorative stitching plus some of the other wonderful features on the  Brother NQ900 machine!

 

This is part 5 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 4: Machine applique using the Brother NQ900

Jean has been designing and publishing patterns since 1997. For the past 10 years she has been designing patterns for new fabric collections by Northcott Fabrics. Her work has been published in several magazines in both Canada and the United States. Jean holds a Fiber Arts Certificate in quilting and has taught extensively throughout Canada, including six national Quilt Canada conferences. She was named "Canadian Teacher of the Year" in 2003 by the Canadian Quilters Association and has won numerous awards for her quilts.

6 Comments

  1. Judi Duncan

    I need to start using my decorative stitches more often!

  2. Robin

    Love these stitches. I would love to have this machine.

  3. Beth B

    Great information. Very helpful and interesting.

  4. Anna brown

    This very usefull tytyty for thoughts on this.

  5. Laura

    Thanks for showing decorative stitches including the fonts. This machine sure has an awesome set of fonts.

    • Glad you enjoyed this post. I really enjoyed using this Brother machine!

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