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Thread: help------please

  1. #21
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    What is the Fabric? I often use the fabric to give me guidance. If there is a floral, I would use a leaf & floral free motion meandering, if swirls try &create a swirling design, etc.

    Generally, with a straight block, like log cabin, split rail,, I try to use a curved design.

    I also use the serpentine stitch built in my machine to stitch in the ditcch. Align the needle up with the seam, & the stitch will go to both sides, creating a curved effect, & if you use a varigated thread it is pretty.

    Good luck, relax & enjoy.
    Be sure to post when done, we all want to see your 1 st.

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    To do "stitch-in-the-ditch" by machine I use a foot called an "edge-joining" foot. It has a little bar in the middle that you can use to guide right down the seam line. On my first rail fence quilt, I hand-quilted the stitch-in-the-ditch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Retta
    One thing I do is to stitch right outside of the ditch and use a decorative stitch, which because it isn't perfectly straight will help to cover up less than perfect stitches.

    Although I never have had problems SIDing it is really pretty using decorative stitiches as close to the ditch as possible. For future projects does your machine have the SID foot...it really isn't that hard to learn on practice pieces...you just have to watch that you keep that straight line going keeping your fabric alligned correctly :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by jodimarie
    If your machine has the capibity to drop the feed dogs, why not try some free motion loops and lines?? Pin or spray baste your 3 layers together, start in the middle and work your way out, sewing with a nice medium speed. RELAX and just go with the flow......I find it fun to practice on a plain sheet of paper to allow the creativity to ''flow''. Think of gentile curves and loops like you are making eeee's or lllll's on the fabric.....have FUN!1

    I agree. Have fun with the quilting.


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