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#72697 Apr 1, 2011

Kari, Tell me more about the 16 directions. I have that but do not know

what or how to use them.

I do like the sideways stitch and have tested out the pig. I thought

"Wilbur" would look cute on some kids blankets. I have trouble getting the

full pig at the end or beginning the next corner with a full pig. The

middle looks go, How do I use the templates? Thanks for your time and



Gwen Ziegler


#72700 Apr 1, 2011

Not Kari, but this is one of those very cool features that we forget about. One of my favorite uses of the directional sewing is on purses or totes. If you need to sew a square of stitching to secure the handle, use the directional sewing and you won't have to wrestle with the bag.



#72702 Apr 1, 2011

The templates are useful for a few reasons. First, to be able to

determine the actual size of the stitch and second, to mark your start

and stop points. Some of the stitches can be surprising.....just when

you think you're done, the machine goes off in another direction to

finish the stitch. Finally, it's helpful to see the direction the

stitches will be completed; this can be determined by noticing the

direction of the presser foot visible on every template.

It can be hard to stitch out some of the sideways motion stitches

correctly. Here are a couple of tips that may help.

For practice, stitch on small squares of stabilized fabric. A smaller

square allows you to keep the sides of the fabric parallel with things

like the edges of your presser foot, the inside of your machine or the

edges of the machine bed. Your only job when these are stitching out is

to keep the fabric straight; it can be helpful to draw vertical lines

onto your larger pieces of fabric for the same purpose. The more

guidelines the better.

Use the 40C presser foot. There's a reason it's recommended. Not only is

the thread escape missing on this foot to help with the possibility of a

thread getting caught as the machine is stitching in different

directions, but the foot itself also has a beveled cut out area around

the needle slot that also helps when the machine is stitching in

multiple directions.

Sew at a moderate rate of speed. This isn't the type of stitch to use

pedal to the metal.

Directional stitching has many applications and is an under-utilized

function,imo. Whenever I have something smallish that needs to be

stitched around, instead of pivoting I use the multiple directional

stitch #1(which is actually #39 when you're talking about directional

stitching.) Handy for unwieldy items like Patti mentioned. It's also a

great function to use creatively. Take a peek at just the couple of

exercises that are given in the older Mastering Your Bernina workbook

(sewing edition) to start the creative ideas flowing.

I always have my students stitch a sample using stitch #39 (and #40 as

well if they want to) free form and tell them it's just like

Etch-a-Sketch, but with thread. Of course,it's a lot harder to get rid

of your "drawing"! ;-)


You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.- Colette


#72711 Apr 1, 2011

I'd love a lesson in that too. Never have figured it out.

Carol M


#72723 Apr 2, 2011

I hesitate to mention this application but the directional sewing

capability is great for patching knees (or other hard to reach areas). The slim

free arm that we have will accept all but really small pant legs.