I’ve been having so much fun and have learned so much about my new Brother NQ900 sewing machine over the last few months! Last month on QUILTsocial I showed you more of the great features of this machine and we made a project tote using selvages.
This week I’m going to be experimenting with a few more of the awesome features of this machine including the My Custom StitchTM Feature and twin needle sewing.
My Custom Stitch
With the My Custom StitchTM Feature which is available on many of the Brother sewing machines, you can sew stitch patterns that you design yourself! The manual that comes with the machine is AWESOME and it has helped me to learn SO much about this machine!
The machine comes with a set of grid sheets. If you decide that you just LOVE designing your own stitches, make sure that you photocopy one of these before you use the last one.
First of all, you draw a sketch of your design on the grid sheet set. Remember to draw the design as one continuous line and have the start point and endpoint of the design at the same height.
Next, you mark the points in the pattern that are positioned at intersections in the grid. This is important if your design has curves in it. Since my design is all straight lines, my points are the ends of each line segment.
Now you determine the sewing order. Each point (where the needle will go into the fabric) is given a number. Some of the points on my design are given two (or three numbers) because the needle needs to stop on that point multiple times.
Before stitching, the monogramming foot “N” needs to be attached to the machine.
Now we have to access the My Custom StitchTM Feature screen on the machine. We do this by selecting the first set of decorative stitches and then 97 as shown in the manual.
The My Custom StitchTM Feature screen is displayed on the LCD display and now I’m ready to start inputting the co-ordinates of our stitches.
Thanks for joining me today to learn more about setting up the NQ900 for the My Custom StitchTM Feature. Tomorrow I’ll show you how easy it is to enter the design into the machine!!
This is part 1 of 5 in this series.