Despite my protestations that the sewing machine is not a pencil, I have found myself exploring the stitched line as a drawing tool.
The process feels rather like flying in the dark or painting with your eyes shut. You imagine what you want, then roar along on the machine, then stop and hang the piece across the room. Only when you stop do you see what you've done.
Both these pieces started with (unsuccessful) thermofax prints from a sketch. The one below I painted into until the piece was a mess, then, when I turned it over I found this great, but pale, watercolor.
I find I like to use the stitched line to position the figure in space. Don't have the nerve to touch the face --- can I get away with that?