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Date: 1/17/14 0:24 AM

I found these instructions in an old issue of Through the Needle (Bernina) and this is not my machine, judging from the screen shots. But, is there a way of doing Sashiko stitches on the 580? I frankly don't know one stitch from the next from the little pictures on the sewing machine's screen, so I can't even tell.

If you right click and "view image", this picture should open quite a bit bigger.


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Date: 1/17/14 8:57 AM

You should be able to do this fairly easily. Your 580 has the long stitch function, personal memory, and combi mode so you can use the first set of instructions (that depend on the long stitch), and the appropriate icons for those things on your machine. Your menu structure is different and the combi-mode icon is a little different as well - two horizontal rectangles connected by a plus sign. You should be able to find both icons/features in your manual. This is intriguing, I want to try it and see what it actually looks like on the fabric.

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Date: 1/17/14 12:45 PM

Thanks for your help! I see all the icons, but all of my playing with them isn't accomplishing much. I think I'll take the instructions to the shop and see if I can get help. I struggled in the "stitch-making" part of the mastery courses and was going to take it again at some point in the future. Nancy can probably look at this and know straight away how to set up the machine.

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Date: 1/17/14 5:45 PM

Do the instructions tell you how you have to use clear nylon on top?

The tension has to be set to pull the bobbin thread to the top.

The illusion of a "stitch" on top is really formed by the bobbin thread being pulled up from the bottom and showing on top. So each "stitch" on top is really 1/2 a bobbin stitch being pulled to the top.

If you look in your manuals (or Google) for the stitch for your machine, be sure and use the word "handstitch" or "hand stitch" as it relates to finding the settings on your machine.

I used this stitch on a little item I made last year... I'll see if I can get a pic of it.

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Date: 1/17/14 6:34 PM

It doesn't use anything on top, but calls for a stabilizer underneath. "Set the stitch length to .5mm and the needle tension to 10."

There's no hand stitch, but under long stitch it says "the sewing computer sews every second stitch (max. stitch length 10mm.) It just looked like a regular stitch to me, but then I didn't look at the bottom.



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Date: 1/17/14 11:12 PM

Since your 580 has embroidery capability, the easiest way to get a Sashiko stitched look is to purchase the Designer's Gallery Sashiko Interactive. It allows you to create Sashiko stitched designs that are then stitched out using your embroidery unit. If you use a 30wt cotton thread in the top, it will have a more authentic look.

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Date: 1/18/14 9:51 AM

I just re-read what I wrote.. lol...

It should really say "each "stitch" on top is made up of two 1/2 stitches of bobbin thread being pulled to the top."

You have to use a clear thread on top. The illusion comes from *not* seeing the top thread.

Use a relatively big needle, too.

The reason I told you to look for "hand stitch" or "handstitch" (I've seen it both ways) ... is that you will find the directions for this stitch being called that.

Real sashiko machines are ****spendy**** (which makes me want one, of course! lol) ... but they don't have a top thread. All of the stitching is pulled from the bobbin on those machines, too.

So normal sewing machines have to "fake it" to create that sashiko/hand stitch look.

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Date: 1/18/14 10:11 AM

I love Sashiko stitching and want to try this on my SM. Thank you for posting and all the info herein! I would love a Sashiko machine, but it is as RipStitcher said "spendy". Oh well,....!

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Date: 1/18/14 11:25 AM

Demo using sewing machine to make sashimi stitching. Video

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Date: 1/18/14 2:31 PM

It looks to me like there is some information missing from the instructions.
The thread on the bottom should match the fabric. A light colored thread on top, not in the bobbin is most likely what is meant. Perhaps I misinterpreted it!
I also don't think it's entirely necessary to use the long stitch function on the very short stitch, for me it made a dot of the top thread show on the "gap." I am using my 780, it may be different on other machines.
I was not using 60 wt cotton on the top. Just a regular weight Metrosene (what I had at hand. I wonder is a heavier yet thread could be used on top?
The lightweight thread on top doesn't look much like Sashiko.

Okay, I've tested a 12 weight sulky cotton, (with a Superior SewFine in the bottom, instead of the 60weight cotton, which is almost analogous.) I am pretty sure that this is more like they intended (mention was made of the cordonet foot for heavy top thread, which I don't love at all for this task. The perfect foot would be a 23. Room for the heavy thread and a short wheelbase for very easy turning.)
The top tension must come way down on the long stitch, to allow the heavy thread to sink into the fabric and more or less hide. A 100 topstitch helps allow the heavy thread to travel more towards the bottom.



Above is a sample. You can see where I pulled out of the machine, and in the process pulled back up from the bottom the heavy thread in that one place.
I did not have a quilt sandwich, in fact the fabric is a lightweight voile I am making a shirt out of. I am pretty sure that with a quilt sandwich, the top thread would hide better. I'll try that later. By the way, I didn't use stabilizer; it doesn't look like it will be necessary.

It's a cool technique, Urbanfool. Thanks for bringing it to our attention. I'm pretty sure I'll be using this in the near future.

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