A to Z of Machine Embroidery and Quilting
Jump stitches occur when an embroidery machine “jumps” from one part of the design to a different part of the design. When doing machine embroidered appliqué, they are inevitable if you have more than one appliqué shape in your hoop!
As a designer, I attempt to minimize the number of jump stitches. Some machines will cut the thread before a jump stitch which can be useful – but it can also slow the machine down. I’m usually after stitching my designs as quickly as possible, so I keep my thread cutters turned off and trim the jump stitches manually. That sounds a bit counterintuitive, but it works for me 🙂
I’m all for trimming jump stitches between shapes when I change the thread color, even if it means I have to take the hoop off the machine to do it. A perfect example of this is when trimming the jump stitches after stitching the appliqué placement lines.
If there’s a jump stitch that is about to be stitched over, I’ll stop the machine to trim it. Much easier than digging jump stitches out from underneath some beautiful lacy stitches.
For short jump stitches between decorative stitches (e.g. spaced candlewicking stitches) I leave these to trim when the design has finished stitching. A pair of tweezers and a pair of extra fine double curved scissors makes easy work of getting these jump stitches taken care of.
Sometimes, jump stitches between decorative stitches can become part of the design and it’s your choice if you want to trim them – or not.
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What I love about this collection… The Peace Love and Joy Collection was inspired by my daughters need for a sleeping bag. Before you ask, yes, there are complete instructions included for how to make the sleeping bag, zipper and all!
At 72″ long (6 feet!), I’m thinking I may need to design a longer sleeping bag now. The big kid (Heather) is now 15 years old and a little over 6 feet tall!!!
The Peace Love and Joy sleeping bag is perfect for a sleepover at Grandma’s house – or anyone’s house for that matter! It’s also the one I took to the hospital when Heather was in PICU last year. When all else looks like it has the potential to fail, snuggle in some Peace Love and Joy and let it seep into your heart and soul.