Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 3 of 4 FirstFirst ... 2 3 4 LastLast
Results 21 to 30 of 36

Thread: Bernina straight stitch needle plate? Chewed up stitches, yuck!

  1. #21
    Senior Member petthefabric's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Location
    Eastern Madera County, Ca
    Posts
    826
    My Bernina is ~20 yrs old. The owner's manual doesn't have anything about this issue. Is there anything in your owner's manual?

    This is purely a guess: could this be a timing issue, or a setting for where the needle stops. The thread take-up should stop just past the uppermost position.

  2. #22
    Super Member DOTTYMO's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    England Alton Towers
    Posts
    4,078
    Blog Entries
    1
    Try a pig, bunny, what ever,ie a small piece of throw away fabric same thickness as project to start on the slip onto the project. Stops that chewing of project. You can also give it a little unprofessional pull. Hope this works cheaper than a new plate. When get to end run onto another piece ready for next .
    Finished is better than a UFO

  3. #23
    Super Member DOTTYMO's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    England Alton Towers
    Posts
    4,078
    Blog Entries
    1
    Looking at my bernina ' the new quilting book and found a picture of a straight stitch plate. It has a red warning decal which serves as a reminder not to use zigzag. So get in touch or google for a bernina straight stitch plate and see what happens. Good luck.
    Finished is better than a UFO

  4. #24
    Senior Member Donnamarie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Woburn, MA
    Posts
    415
    I have a Bernina straight stitch needle plate (just a hole) but I learned a long time ago how to avoid the fabric or threat from bunching up. For me the easiest is to just hold onto the thread for a second, until you start sewing. Then its fine, not gobbled up. Others prefer to use a small piece of fabric to start on every time you begin to sew. Good luck!

  5. #25
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    The Colony, TX
    Posts
    2,826
    Quote Originally Posted by sweetana3 View Post
    I found after 20+ years of sewing that using small pieces of cloth to begin and end (and leave until the next seam) really helps with this issue. Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville.com calls them leaders and enders and has precut pieces ready that are then used in another quilt. I am not that organized but the theory is good. I find the beginning and ending of the seams are much neater also.
    I love using the leaders/enders but YES Bernina does sell a straight stitch plate for all of their machines.

  6. #26
    Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Omaha, NE
    Posts
    47
    My Activa was doing this. Drove me crazy. I dialed down the pressure and it stopped!!! I don't know if your machine has a pressure adjustment or not but it would be worth a try if it does.

  7. #27
    Super Member grammysharon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Monmouth, Oregon
    Posts
    5,088
    Blog Entries
    1
    I agree, I use a starter fabric when piecing and don't have a problem with the fabric getting down in the feed dogs or bobbin case!!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by sweetana3 View Post
    I found after 20+ years of sewing that using small pieces of cloth to begin and end (and leave until the next seam) really helps with this issue. Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville.com calls them leaders and enders and has precut pieces ready that are then used in another quilt. I am not that organized but the theory is good. I find the beginning and ending of the seams are much neater also.
    A quilt is a blanket of love. Sharon

  8. #28
    Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Posts
    32
    Hmm, interesting suggestions, ladies. I knew I could count on you. I will certainly try these and keep you posted. I might still try to find a straight stitch plate. I heard they're good with knits and sometimes I like to sew with those, even though they're a nightmare.

  9. #29
    Senior Member Jamiestitcher62's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Connecticut
    Posts
    733
    I feel your pain, I hate when that happens. I don't even have a Bernina, I have a Janome and it happens to me too. I don't like using leaders and enders because I don't typically chain piece so it's definitely a pain. I sometimes just start right on the edge and go ever so slowly until it gets past the hole. I have an automatic thread cutter so pulling the threads back is great if you don't, but not so much if you do. I hope you find your single stitch plate.
    Laura

  10. #30
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Posts
    333
    I have a small hole plate for my Berninas. I don't know if I purchased it separately or not. It does help when piecing or sewing narrow things like bias binding straps on Princess Pillowcase dresses. Call or e-mail a dealer for the price and availability. It will come in handy in many cases.

Page 3 of 4 FirstFirst ... 2 3 4 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.