Well I have an announcement to make - I've been about to die to get the new Baby Lock machine that just came out called the Sashiko. (
Sashiko (literally "little stabs") is a form of decorative reinforcement stitching (or functional embroidery) from Japan. Traditionally used to reinforce points of wear, or to repair worn places or tears with patches, this running stitch technique is often used for purely decorative purposes in quilting and embroidery. The white cotton thread on the traditional indigo blue cloth gives sashiko its distinctive appearance, though decorative items sometimes use red thread.
Many Sashiko patterns were derived from Chinese designs, but just as many were developed by the Japanese themselves. The artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) published the book New Forms for Design in 1824, and these designs have inspired many Sashiko patterns.
So much for your history lesson. I've found this all very interesting. I also read that some of the very first armor was found to be quilted using this stitch. There were long open areas left where sections of bamboo were inserted to give the garment strength and to protect the wearer. Pretty cool huh? Well I could just go on about this forever but I'll stop.
Don't have my machine yet. They are backordered and Baby Lock is only making 9 each day. So I'm on a list and should be getting mine in about 3 months. This also gave me time to break down the payments which is not a bad thing either.