Marji Piech’s 1630 Notes and Fantasy Stitches

Note: This information was originally collected and distributed by Marji Piech from April to October in 1996. It has been re-organized and formatted by Ashley Engelund. The content remains the same. All information is from Marji Piech, except where she has explictly noted other contributors.

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Credits and Acknowledgments

Quite a bit of the information contained in these installments came from 1630 owners who generously gave of their time and themselves to type and send contributions as well as answer the many questions I always seem to have. A thousand times "Thank You" to each of them. More than a thousand thanks to Pam Kartak for keeping her eyes and ears open at her 1630 club for ideas to share with all of us.

Again, I tried to make each section complete enough that you do not have to search out references beyond your 1630 manual.

Stitches that do not have an attributed source came from me. Anything in quotes is the direct contribution of the listed person. Other portions credited to other contributors but not in quotes have been paraphrased or rearranged for clarity and consistency. I hope I haven't stepped on any toes.

I would like to once again recommend that you search out the available literature at your dealer. There are now a number of leaflets out specifically for the 1630 in addition to the 1630 Library Series. All of these provide valuable ideas for a minimal outlay. Additionally, do not disregard the leaflets designed for other Bernina� models. The 1630 has the capability to do everything outlined in these leaflets. All you have to do is run some conversion of stitch numbers and refine the balance numbers for your particular machine. Additionally, with the features of your machine not available to those sho wrote the booklets you can really extend the ideas. All for about $1.00 a piece.

You are welcome to share (photocopy, print out multiples for free distrinution) this listing with other people who might find it of interest. I ask that credit be given where credit is due, whether to me or to the other contributors, and that you try to pass on the ideas you come across, finished or rough, because without contributions this list would cease to exist.

This list cannot be published in any manner without my consent and that of the others whose names and e-mail addresses appear in the listing.

Happy and resourceful stitching!

Marji, back in Buffalo

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General Notes

1. Positive vertical balance means you are adding space to the stitch. Thus the number is achieved by clicking the appropriate number of times on the vertically oriented arrows that are pointing away from each other. Negative vertical balance is achieved by clicking on the symbol with vertical arrows whose heads face each other.

2. Where balance numbers are given they are approximate. The number that produces the stitch that looks best to you may be one or two above or below the number listed.

3. The bulk of this listing comes from my own experience. The stitches included look decent to me. However, you may think I'm off my rocker. I have tried my very best to give credit where credit is due.

4. I bought two yards of weavers cloth and cut it into 6" squares which I keep by my machine for testing, usually in twos. The weaver's cloth is great because I can write on it in ballpoint pen or Sharpie to keep track of my findings. If I could just discipline myself to then put them in notebooks I’d be all set.

5. The is the first listing. I’d really appreciate it (not to mention the others on the list) if you told me about you results and any of your findings. I’ll keep adding to the list and mailing out additions as long as people keep sending in ideas.

6. The stitch designer is the sticky part of all this as sending on such stitches depends on graphics or snail mail. Ideas are welcome.

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