Learn how to adjust your Brother Sewing Machine so it will stitch the Sashiko stitch.
This is quick and simple – and if you don’t have the same machine as sewn, you can look for the stitch on your own machine and try it out.
Only a few adjustments to the tension, the stitch number and the top thread being monofilament – and you are set.
Sashiko Stitch –
The Sashiko stitch on a sewing machine gives the look of hand quilting on the top. To make this happen, the top thread is a monofilament thread and the bobbin thread has the color that you want the stitch to be.
It’s a little backwards to our typical sewing with the machine – the top thread being the one you see, on the top.
The stitches have a gap or space in between, making it look hand stitched. Super cute!
While I would love to have the Babyloc Sashiko Machine, it’s not what I have currently and wanted to find out if I could replicate the stitch on a machine I do have.
This is what the Sashiko Stitch on the sewing machine looks like:
Brother Sewing Machine:
Brother Sewing and Quilting Machine, CS6000i – This is the one I have and use all the time (featured in the video). Check it out here.
Brother CS7000i Sewing and Quilting Machine– This one is a backup machine if the above is not available, it has the same stitches and #39 is the one that will work. Check it out here.
I did do a search and found that a few other sewing machines can also do this stitch – so double check there!
How to Sashiko Stitch with Brother Sewing Machine Video:
Sashiko on the Brother Instructions:
1- Set you stitch to #39
This is the stitch on the machine that will give you the Sashiko looking stitch
2- Set your needle placement to 3.5
This is the center of the foot and will give you a better view of the needle and you can use the foot as a guide
3- Set your tension to the highest it can go (or loosest) setting
This machine has a loose tension number of 9. This setting allows the bobbin thread to be pulled up to the top and be visible. This is how the whole thing happens.
4- Layer your fabrics, and sew!
About the Hand-Look Quilting Stitch
This is what the actual stitch looks like – and what you can possibly find on your stitch guide for your machine.
The Hand-Look Quilting Stitch is used to create the look of hand-sewn running stitches. The top of the machine is threaded with either an invisible thread or a thread color that matches the top fabric. The bobbin is thread actually appears on the top side of the fabric as “running stitches”, so the bobbin is threaded with a thread color that is desired for the stitching that appears on the top side of the project.
This is the stitch guide for the Brother Machine mentioned here.
Stitch #39 is what I am using – though it looks a little bit different from the image above.
You’ll notice a little Q by it. That refers to a quilting stitch.
Some Sashiko Tips:
- I tested a few different stitch lengths and nothing really mattered. It worked best at the default stitch length
- I tested a small piece of fabric folded – so it was two layers before jumping into the batting and backing layers. Both worked just as they should
- I noticed that I needed to keep a hold of the monofilament thread or it would get stuck in the bobbin and cause some issues. So watch that tail when you begin.
- The monofilament thread was placed on a thread stand on the table and NOT on the machine. It needs enough length to loosen up prior to going into the needle. I threaded the machine as usual with this thread.
- I used pre-wound bobbins and they worked great.
Sashiko Stitch on the top of the fabric:
Sashiko Stitch on the bottom of the quilt: it looks like a solid stitch. – it is the bobbin color