I have been experimenting with the new sashiko machine, a real departure from hand sashiko! However, it has exciting possibilities and is the only machine on the market that produces a running stitch. It feeds from the bobbin only, no top thread! It takes #100-#30 weight thread, much finer than a heavy cotton sashiko thread. The effect is more delicate compared to hand sashiko, but it certainly speeds up the process. I am trying it out for background geometrics, with my foliage designs, and for echo quilting. Put a variegated #40 weight thread and the effect looks like a hybrid of sashiko and hand quilting. I hope to have the machine avaialble to try out during February 7-11 and 21-25 workshops in my studio. It certainly doesn’t replace hand sashiko, but adds another dimension to our quilting. Come check it out!