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We have a new sewing machine in the studio and it’s the Baby Lock Sashiko machine. This is a specialty machine as it only stitches one stitch…but oh what a wonderful stitch! The stitch it produces looks like it has been hand stitched so you can get some beautiful results using just this one stitch.
The Sashiko style of stitch originated in Japan and was traditionally used as what you might call a functional stitch. So it was used originally to repair fabric. The more traditional Sashiko creations that you might see at craft fairs and the like are done on indigo blue, red or brown coloured fabrics but these days with all of these lovely colours we have at our fingertips, personally it’s a bit limiting for me to stick with just just a few colours.
The BabyLock Sashiko is perfect for quilting. It looks gorgeous on a baby quilt but you can work it in to any sized quilt. It makes the perfect decorative stitch on clothing, table runners, bags, cushions…the skies the limit really.
The Sashiko machine doesn’t use a top thread – it works solely from the bobbin. BUT, this isn’t simply a matter of popping in the bobbin like you would on a regular machine. It can be a bit finicky until you get the hang of it. Even as we were creating the video unboxing and demo, we had to refer to the manual multiple times to figure out how to get the bobbin thread up, but we got there in the end. It really is just a matter of practicing a few times until you get the hang of it.
The Baby Lock Sashiko is limited to one stitch but you do have the option of changing up the stitch by using the levers on the front of the machine. You can lengthen or shorten the stitch and you can lengthen or shorten the space between those stitches.
Important Note: One thing you must remember is to make sure that you don’t sew off the fabric. This is in the instruction book but I thought I should emphasise it here.
The image below shows what the stitch looks like from the back.
What’s in the Box
Bear in mind, that we live in Australia and what we get in the box may vary slightly to what you might get if you are living in another country. Also watch the video below to see the unboxing and demo.
We purchased our Sashiko Machine from Echidna Sewing in Capalaba, Queensland, a great business to deal with. They do awesome deals and provide excellent after sales service. So don’t forget to check them out for a variety of sewing and embroidery machines and notions.
I just love this ruler. It has given a whole new look to my layer cake quilts. The gentle curves add movement and dimension to the quilt. The Creative Grids Curves for Squares Ruler lets you add curves to fabric squares measuring 5″, 6″, 7″, 8″, 9″ or 10″.
Where Can I Buy the Creative Grids Curves for Squares Ruler?
You can find these great rulers at Amazon.
Like all Creative Grids rulers this ruler has grips on the back so that you can move it freely around on the fabric until it is in the position you want it to be, then when you apply pressure with your hand, the ruler grips onto the fabric and doesn’t slip or move.
We keep getting asked about the pressing mat used in this video. It is the Magic Pressing Mat which you can get from Amazon here.
Watch the video here on how to use this ruler. We show you how to cut and sew curves for squares.
Trim as per a normal half square triangle. See our tutorial here.
As you can see below, you can lay the blocks out in rows, as curved diamonds, as a curved pinwheel, or as curved flying geese or arrow heads. There is plenty you can do with this block.
Curves for Squares – Diagonal Rows.
Curves for Squares – Curved diamond
Curves for Squares – Pinwheel
Curves for Squares – Curved Arrow Head
More views of the quilt
Close up of the squares and the beautiful quilting which was done by Chris from Sew ‘n’ Sew Sisters.
The backing is a dark grey with light grey stars and you can see how lovely the quilting pattern stands out on the back.
We have received many comments on the iron that we use in our tutorials. The first time we saw someone using one of these irons we were blown away went it popped up. “How awesome is that” we squealed with delight.
No more burnt ironing mats, no more worrying if the iron had been turned off when we were miles from home and couldn’t do anything about it anyway. You know what it’s like, you can’t enjoy what you are doing as visions of the fire brigade breaking down your door to put out a fire started by your iron being left in the down position on your ironing mat.
Now I have to say that this is our second Oliso iron. We purchased the first one in March 2014 and around September 2015 the feet stopped working, although the iron still worked fine. However, despite that, we loved the iron so much we bought a second one and this is the iron we are still using today.
This iron has mixed reviews on Amazon, but speaking for myself, I am very happy with this iron. We use it in the studio constantly so it has done a lot of work over the time we have owned it.
The Oliso Iron is readily available from Amazon.