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Thread: Machine Blanket Stitch

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    Machine Blanket Stitch

    I want to do a blanket stitch for the applique quilt I am making. I thought I could use my machine. It is a Bernina 830 from 1972. However, The picture that looks like the blanket stitch on the machine is really a blind hem. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to do this? The applique quilt has over 1000 pieces so I want to get it right the first time and now have to rip it out.

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    Have you looked at your machine's manual? It should list and show designs of all the stitch patterns you can do on your machine.
    I followed Carol Ann Waugh's suggestion of making a stitch bible. You go through all the stitches for your machine, switching the length and width of the stitch to see different variations. I love it and refer to it all the time.

    Don't forget to use some kind of stabalizer to avoid puckering. Good luck!

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    Make a test block to see if you like it, the name of the stitch doesn't matter as long as it works!!!!
    A quilt is a blanket of love. Sharon

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    There is nothing more fun that "playing" with all the stitches on your machine....wondering what you will use them for. Good chance there is some stitch on your machine that you will like and feel good about using. Will look forward to seeing a picture of this quilt.
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    Definitely make a stitch sampler of every stitch on your machine. Libby Lehman has stitch technique videos on The Quilt Show. I have learned how to manipulate the stitches with her lessons.
    Got fabric?

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    I just got a page of instructions on the blanket stitch for applique in a advertisement for a quilting magazine. It says if your machine dose not have that stitch you should experiment with your blind hemstitch or any other decorative stitch.

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    I've always wondered about this, too. My machine has a stitch that is supposed to be like a blanket stitch, but it looks like the stitches are slanted. I think that would look funny for applique. I don't know how I could adjust the machine to get them to go straight. I always figured I needed a different machine to get a true blanket stitch, but I've found not a lot of machines have that – most have this slanted stitch.

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    ​I think the 830 has 3 different kinds of blanket stitches? Try a sample swatch to get it perfect before doing your quilt appliqué. I write on the swatch my settings so I can easily reset if I turn off my machine. Your 830 probably has a way to save your settings?

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    The vintage 830 RECORD doesn't do a blanket stitch. Bummer, I know. It's the only stitch I really wish it had. You'll have to use another machine if you really have to have the blanket stitch.

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    I have my Mother's 830 Record that she bought in 1982. She always used our Memory Craft 7000 (New Home) for blanket stitch applique. I still have both machines even though my DH bought me a Bernina 630E Artista for our 36th anniversary! Ain't he sweet!!?

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