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Thread: Stitch length?

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    Stitch length?

    Just curious - what stitch length do you use for piecing? On my old Kenmore, I used to use 10-12 stitches per inch. On my computerized Kenmore, it always starts up at 2.2, but I change it to 3.0. Is there a "recommended" stitch length for piecing? For stitching in the ditch? Thanks!

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    I make all my quilts on my Featherweight & I use a fairly short stitch length... 15 stitches per inch usually. I don't think there's a "standard" per se. Just what you feel comfortable with (tho I suppose stitches could be too loose & things could pull apart or be too tight & pucker).
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    depends on what type of piecing I am doing. for normal piecing, I am usually around a 2.4 on a Bernina, for paper piecing I shorten the stitch considerably, and for long strip piecing I lengthen the stitch. for long arm quilting, that depends also on what type of design look I want, but that usually ranges between 9 and 11.

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    Usually 2.5 and 12 stitches per inch on manual setting machines. My vintage Singers has a 30 stitch per inch setting. What type of sewing was that setting used for?
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    1.8-2.0 is the ones I use most often

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    Long enough to get the seam ripper point into easily/short enough to hold things together washing after washing.
    On my Bernie 1031 and vintage Bernie 830 that's between 2.5 and 3 on the manual dial.
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    I typically use 2.5 ... sometimes 2.0. I did go smaller just once and had to take some stitches out... oh my ... what a pain.

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    I use a 1.8-2.0

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    Regular piecing ... 1.8
    Shorter stitches give tighter seams. So you have less shift. And then when you press you get nice crisp seams.

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    I agree with above, 2.5, 2.4....is usually good. Happy sewing.
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