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 2 of 2 FirstFirst 1 2
Results 26 to 36 of 36

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

  1. #26
    Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Omaha, NE
    Posts
    51
    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.

  2. #27
    Super Member grammysharon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Monmouth, Oregon
    Posts
    5,854
    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

  3. #28
    Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Posts
    37
    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.

  4. #29
    Senior Member Jamiestitcher62's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Connecticut
    Posts
    744
    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

  5. #30
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Posts
    381
    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.

  6. #31
    Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Posts
    59
    I have a Bernina 163 and I have two throat plates, one is the straight stitch throat plate and I LOVE IT. Wouldn't piece a quilt without. I also have a Viking Sapphire and a Lily 550. I'm looking for straight stitch throat plates for both of them.

  7. #32
    Super Member petthefabric's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Location
    Eastern Madera County, Ca
    Posts
    1,198
    Quote Originally Posted by petthefabric View Post
    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.
    Today, while at the Bernina Dealer, I asked them this question. Response: it could be that the machine needs cleaning and oiling. If lint gets back into the area of the bottom of the machine, it can't be seen, but can cause a lot of problems. The other most common problem is, in fact, the timing and where the needle stops. So their recommendation is to have it professionally cleaned, oiled and timed.

  8. #33
    Super Member DOTTYMO's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    England Alton Towers
    Posts
    6,640
    Blog Entries
    1
    Ps. If you google for the single hole you should find one it has a red part to show you it has a single hole. I'm not convinced this will help. Try setting everything to its normal and retry. If you have grandchildren have they fiddled .
    Pleas try heig it does help.c
    Finished is better than a UFO

  9. #34
    Super Member ghostrider's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Posts
    4,662
    My straight stitch plate was $53 from the local Bernina dealer about a year ago, just to give you an idea on price.
    The Earth without art is just "Eh".

  10. #35
    Super Member JNCT14's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    CT New Haven County
    Posts
    1,495
    I have a Bernina 1230 and it did the same thing - I started using the leaders and enders which solved the problem. I just figured it was the machine until I got my Babylock Quilters Pro midarm - which does not require a leader/ender and does not chew the fabric. Not sure why but I will take it.....

  11. #36
    Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Posts
    37
    It has driven me batty! I am going to pick up the single stitch plate today, and see how that works. It's also newly oiled and newly needled. I haven't really played around with the tension on this machine but ill look into that too. It's always been set at the regular 3 setting. Do you guys find that tension can really vary that much if you're just using standard quilting fabric? Nothing fancy, nothing heavy or light? Normal unexciting Gutermann thread?

Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 1 2

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.