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Thread: STITCH IN THE DITCH QUESTION

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    i have read several posts today & decided to just ask instead- I am doing a baby quilt with stitch in the ditch the back is puckering some & i am wondering if it's because i dont have a walking foot
    thanks for any help i cant post pictures cause i'm at work
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    I think you are more than likely correct about the walking foot.

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    That's quite possibly what is happening - with a walking foor the top material is moved along at the same speed as the bottom material, preventing those puckers.

    Another possibility is that the quilt sandwich is not laid out and pinned with the layers all evenly taut. If you're sure you've laid it out and pinned it properly, it's probably the lack of a walking foot.

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    Probably. The first time I tried to SID was also a baby quilt. I could not keep it from puckering. I had no trouble after I got a walking foot. It could also be puckering if you don't pin/baste close enough or tight enough. Good luck!

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    I was also going to comment about the backing fabric not being taut when you first lay it out and as a result, the sandwich might be too lose. However, the walking foot can be a contributor to better stitching too.

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    you gals rock ! i guess i'll have to break down & buy a walking foot cause the backing is taut & pinned thanks!

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    I don't think you can quilt without pucking without a walking foot. I think you can get a "generic" walking foot for under $20.00. Check this website. Just make sure you get the right one for your machine - straight or slanted shank.

    http://www.sewingpartsonline.com/wal...ant-shank.aspx

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    Thx Donna Jean i bought one from ebay for my high shank & had a couple ladies @ my quilting guild help me & it didnt work :( Maybe it'll try the website you suggested :)

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    Try lengthening your stitch, I do decorative stitches for quilting, and have used my open toe foot. If my sandwich is good, I have had good results :wink: Even using a straight stitch, I set it at 3.0+ :D:D:D

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    What king of batting are you using? If the loft is thick and high and you are not using a walking foot it could pucker as opposed to a low loft, thinner type of batting.

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