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More fun with the new Brother NQ900 sewing machine

For the last few weeks, I have been trying out the new Brother NQ900 sewing machine, one of the Q-series line up. In my last QUILTsocial blog (January 30 – February 3, 2017), I showed you many of the basic functions of the machine while making a small Fidget quilt.

The new Brother NQ900 sewing machine
Brother NQ900 sewing machine

Now I’m going to show you some of the wonderful decorative stitches on this machine.

You can watch this video to give you a good overview of the decorative stitches and how to adjust them for your own needs.

How To Sew Decorative Stitches On A Brother Sewing Machine – YouTube

If you have a Brother sewing machine, here’s how to select, adjust, and sew decorative stitches. I’m using a Brother NQ900 sewing machine, which is part of B…

The decorative stitches are well illustrated on the flip-up cover on the machine.

The decorative stitches are illustrated on the flip-up top on the NQ900 sewing machine.
Decorative stitches are illustrated on the flip-up top on the machine

There’s also more detailed information included in the two manuals that come with the machine.

Two easy-to-read manuals are included with the Brother NQ900.
Manuals for the Brother NQ900

For my decorative stitch project, I wanted to use fabrics other than regular quilting cotton, to see how well the NQ900 would work on these sometimes difficult fabrics. I’d been given some drapery fabric samples and thought they’d be the perfect choice for this project.

Drapery fabric samples will be used for the quilted table runner project to be made with the NQ900 sewing machine.
Drapery fabric samples for my project

I chose 40 fabrics from the book of teal samples. Each piece was about 4½” x 7¾”, but after the labels were removed and they were trimmed on all sides, each piece was 4¼” x 5½”. The fabrics were different weights and fiber content, so I thought that this would be a good workout for the NQ900 machine.

The drapery fabric sample has been trimmed to 4¼" x 5½".
The trimmed drapery fabric sample

I decided to make a small table runner using these drapery fabric samples and the decorative stitches on the Brother NQ900 sewing machine.

The finished table runner made using drapery fabrics and decorative stitches on the Brother NQ900.
Finished table runner featuring decorative stitches on the Brother NQ900

Here’s how I got started making my table runner. First, I placed the fabrics on my design wall to determine color placement. I made 8 rows with 5 fabric rectangles in each row.

The fabric samples are arranged on a design wall in 8 rows with 5 fabric rectangles in each row.
Fabric samples on my design wall

Be sure to come back tomorrow to see how I had more fun with the new Brother NQ900 sewing machine by adding decorative stitches to my table runner!

This is part 1 of 5 in this series.

Go to part 2: Using decorative stitches on the new Brother NQ900 sewing machine

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.

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