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Thread: Stitch Length

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    I'm machine quilting a quilt (Downey, Quilt for kids) for the first time. I was told to set my stitch length at 3.0. Now that I look at it, it seems like the stitches are too close together. I only have the borders left to quilt; do I use the same stitch length I started with or use a longer one? What stitch length do you use for sewing machine quilting?

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    finish with what you started (the stitch length).
    i usually set mine to 3.0 for doing quilting in straight lines.
    i think that my default stitch length is shorter than that on my machine.

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    CHanging it for one section might be noticeable. I would finish how you started. I usually change my stitch from 2.5 to 3 also for SID quilting and that is a good length for me.

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    I like to stitch on 5. Would that be a reason I am breaking needles or am I just hoping for a quick fix?

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    Finish it how you started it. A lot of the time the stitching length is controlled by how fast your moving the material under the needle. Are you using a walking foot? Next time you start a project to quilt, make yourself a sample sandwich, and check all those things out. I always do this, I make a 9x9 sandwich, and quilt this to practice and check everything out, then I have a nice potholder, I save them up and give them as christmas gifts. Check out daystyledesigns.com she has a lot of info on her site.

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    I like to stitch on 5. Would that be a reason I am breaking needles or am I just hoping for a quick fix?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dsb38327
    I like to stitch on 5. Would that be a reason I am breaking needles or am I just hoping for a quick fix?
    Could be...5 is very long. I like 2.5 -3 for quilting and for piecing around 2ish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dsb38327
    I like to stitch on 5. Would that be a reason I am breaking needles or am I just hoping for a quick fix?
    Not sure why stitch length should lead to needle breakage. Are you forcing the fabric through? Are you using needles that are too thin? Are you using a walking foot? The only time I break needles is when they hit something they shouldn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwiltkrazy
    Finish it how you started it. A lot of the time the stitching length is controlled by how fast your moving the material under the needle. Are you using a walking foot? Next time you start a project to quilt, make yourself a sample sandwich, and check all those things out. I always do this, I make a 9x9 sandwich, and quilt this to practice and check everything out, then I have a nice potholder, I save them up and give them as christmas gifts. Check out daystyledesigns.com she has a lot of info on her site.
    This is a good idea. I do my piecing at 2.0 stitch length and I did the quilting at 3.0. I just thought the stitches looked to short at 3.0. I was using my regular 1/4 inch piecing foot and stitched on my marked, straight lines, kind of a cross-hatch. I just checked my user's guide for my Viking Designer SE and it does not show a walking foot as coming with my machine. If I'm just following straight lines, I don't have to have the feed dogs down, do I?

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    For straight lines I would leave the feed dogs up. It's the same stitch length I use. I wouldn't change it now.

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