Ashley's Online Lessons Lesson # 2: Basic Definitions
Subject:  OLL-#2: Basic Definitions
Date: Tue, 15 Feb 2000 17:47:11 -0800 From: Ashley Engelund <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: 1630 List <email@example.com>
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We need to define some important terms so that there's no confusion (or less confusion ;-) about what we're referring to. There are a number of terms that seem to be used often, and even interchangeably:
Sometimes a "stitch" means just one forward movement of the needle; but sometimes it's used to mean a sequence of needle ups & downs that form a single design. (e.g. a zig-zag, or maybe H1/1). Sometimes "pattern" is used to mean a sequence of needle ups & downs that form a single design (i.e. when it's used as "pattern begin" or "pattern end") -- which is the same as the 2nd definition of "stitch." !!! No wonder we get confused!
(See pp. 22-26 in your manual for a summary of functions and stitch settings.)
I'd like to use these definitions so that we can be clear:
I hope that most of those are clear. Let me explain the "stitch sentence" a little more.
Imagine that you wanted your machine to go forward 5 straight stitches, then sew stitch F2/9 once, then sew 5 more straight stiches. If your machine could understand simple English, you'd tell it something like this:
"Using stitch A1/1, do 5 patterns; then using stitch F2/9, do one pattern; then using stitch A1/1, sew 5 patterns."
That would be your "stitch sentence" -- a series of instructions to the machine about what stitches to use and how many to sew of them. (The example does not include any other settings or functions. I want to keep it simple right now.)
But of course, the machine doesn't speak English (or German or French or Hunan or....). But it *does* understand it's own '1630' language. So you just have to know how to enter that 'stitch sentence' in a way/language that your machine will understand. And we can do that.
To create and use "stitch sentence," we must know learn (and be comfortable with) MR memory.
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