During my Ph.D research I know that I have to compare my hand stitched sampling with machine stitch.  I am struggling with the idea of placing this large lump of metal between me and the cloth I am engaging with.  The machine stitched pieces are about the outcome; the hand stitched pieces are about the process. My hands will be used only to guide the cloth through the machine to be stiched, whilst I physically make the stitch when hand stitching and have much more creative input into the outcome.

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  1. This is fascinating and has made me reflect on any machine stitch I do.
    I can say that for my work, when machining, I can enter a flow state where the speed of the machine, the feel and sound of it become integrated into my process – the foot is important in this respect!!!! However, that is probably due to ‘free-machine’ drawing process I guess… Will think more!

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