J is for Jump Stitch

A to Z of Machine Embroidery and Quilting

J is for Jump StitchJump 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 🙂

Jump stitchesI’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.

Jump Stitches Trimmed

Jump Stitches between candlewicking stitches trimmed

Jump Stitches Not Trimmed

Jump stitches between candlewicking stitches not trimmed – yet!

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!

Peace Love Joy Sleeping Bags

Stitched on a BERNINA 830
featuring AURIfil Cotton Mako 50 wt thread

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.

Peace Love and Joy Flower Detail

Peace Love and Joy Flower detail
Stitched on a BERNINA 830
featuring AURIfil Cotton Mako 50 wt thread




  1. Thank you for today’s information. I also love to cut my jump stitches and it makes the embroidery neat at the end. Takes a little long but I have had good result

    LOL Michelle

  2. I am really enjoying all of your tips and information.

  3. All of your work is remarkable….but those sleeping bags….So incredibly beautiful!!!! I am enjoying the information you are
    providing as well. Thank You!

  4. Thank you for all your information. It is all very helpful. I have learned so much. Thanks again.

  5. Your designs are perfect very well designed and look professional

  6. So many good tips, thank you! Really enjoying and learning!

  7. You are a master with such practical ideas. Love learning about your talents. Hope you had some vacation time with your daughters.

  8. I have always kept my thread cutter off, it makes the back of the embroidery so much smoother without all the knots the cutter causes. Thanks for the little lessons. Your girls are beautiful and so are the sleeping bags.

  9. Good info again! Love your tips!

  10. I like to let my machine do the trimming

  11. Thanks soooo much for your tips and techniques. I am learning so much. I have read about people referring to jump stitches but did not know what they were referring to until now! I do not mind trimming if I have to. But I love ❤️ it when the machine does it for me.

  12. Great information, thanks so much!

  13. Too bad there isn’t a “remove stitches” setting on machines. I love the look of your designs with the stitches around the appliques. Can’t seem to add them to my designs.

  14. I like to cut jump stitches too. Great information.

  15. I usually let my machine cut the jump stitches, but after reading your post I think I will determine when to turn off the thread cutter feature. Thanks for the informative posts!

  16. Thank you for all your tips and exquisite designs!

  17. Thanks for all the great information!

  18. Thanks Sarah for the great tips you are sending out. Love your work and can’t wait to start a project. I need to finish a quilt that I am doing first. I hate pieces half finished, lying around.

  19. I like to trim my jump stitches so that everything is beautiful 🙂

  20. Hi Sarah, I always worryr if trimming the jump stitches will cause the design to come undone?

  21. I also like to trim my jump stitches rather than letting the machine do it. Love your idea of using tweezers with the fine double curved scissors for trimming those tiny jump stitches between the candlewicking stitches. Will definitely have to try that. As always, thank you for all of your useful information.

  22. This design is so beautiful

  23. I think I have, Peace, Love, and Joy already. I’ll have to check when I get back home.

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