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    Help with SID

    My sid is really stich near the ditch, stich back and forth across the ditch, in and out of the ditch, there must be some trick to it. I've tried slowing down, maybe the size of the stitches has something to do with it. Who can help with some ideas. (from CA)

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    Well my SID is not perfect, specially when I'm tired. LOL
    First, slow down until you get the hang of it. I have the SID foot on but I don't really follow
    the guide. I prefer to follow the needle. It takes a little while getting used to it but I get
    better results that way. Slow down even more when you cross a seam that's where it
    tends to veer off. But don't worry too much about it...just have fun. Once the quilt is
    washed you won't notice all those mistakes.

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    I recently was told that when seams are pressed to one side that you stitch on the other side (without the extra fabric). I was trying to stay exactly in the ditch but that's hard to do so try to stay just to the edge of the ditch on the side without the seam allowance. Does that make sense?

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    Use an open toe pressed foot so you can see where your nrrdlr is going and gently pull the seams apart stitch in the valley. When you release it the stitching will not show and yes slow down!

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    I use my walking foot, go a bit slower at first , lift the quilt in my lap to mimimize the drag ( this can pull it from side to side if there is one side weighing more), lean back in my chair , and gently guide holding the edges of the rolled quilt about a foot back from the machine. Once I get in the "groove" I can speed up. Took me a long time to learn to lean back back and let the feed dogs do the work .

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    I refuse to do SID because it drove me crazy!

    What I do instead is a serpentine stitch over seams. Serpentine is a built-in decorative stitch on many machines; looks like an S. I adjust the stitch length and width on my machine to create an S shape that I like.

    Because serpentine uses more thread than a straight stitch, I like to use Aurifil 50wt 2-ply. This thread is perfect because it creates very little lint, it's finer because it's 2-ply instead of the more standard 3-ply, and the bobbin can hold a lot more of it before the bobbin runs out.

    The *huge* advantage over SID is that I can depress the foot pedal completely and merrily sew away on top of seams. The serpentine is *very* forgiving of minor deviations. I no longer have eyestrain and also have no emotional tension trying to achieve a "perfect" SID.

    Plus, I like the soft effect the serpentine stitch gives to the quilting.

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    Don't know what kind of machine you have, but I have a foot with a metal guide right in the middle. I ', pretty sure it's an 'edge joining foot'. I just put the guide on the seam and go slowly. The guide rides along the slight ridge in the seam and keeps it straight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
    I refuse to do SID because it drove me crazy!

    What I do instead is a serpentine stitch over seams. Serpentine is a built-in decorative stitch on many machines; looks like an S. I adjust the stitch length and width on my machine to create an S shape that I like.

    Because serpentine uses more thread than a straight stitch, I like to use Aurifil 50wt 2-ply. This thread is perfect because it creates very little lint, it's finer because it's 2-ply instead of the more standard 3-ply, and the bobbin can hold a lot more of it before the bobbin runs out.

    The *huge* advantage over SID is that I can depress the foot pedal completely and merrily sew away on top of seams. The serpentine is *very* forgiving of minor deviations. I no longer have eyestrain and also have no emotional tension trying to achieve a "perfect" SID.

    Plus, I like the soft effect the serpentine stitch gives to the quilting.
    Prism99, thank you for the tips. I will be checking out my machine closer and seeing if I have this stitch or not. No stress and eye strain sounds fabulous!!
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    Using invisible or clear thread makes mistakes less noticeable.
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    I try to have my needle in line with the slit on the foot.

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    Today I did SID for the first time in about 6 months. I was surprised at how good my stitching looked, especially since it had been such a long time. I think my success was due to the fact I went slowly, used invisible thread, and used an open toe walking foot. I have a foot for my walking foot that has the metal guide down the middle; but I do better with the open toe foot. Oh, I did have my quilt well supported by tables and I wore my quilting gloves. Tomorrow I have to do the FMQ on the quilt. I'll probably feel like you did doing SID. Best wishes with using the serpentine stitch if that is what you decide to do.

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    I use the foot for SID and it works really well for me. It did take a bit of practice, but I am very happy with the results. I also support my quilt with my ironing board beside the machine. You might try that if you haven't.

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    I don't like SID either - if i want to go to all that time, I want to see my work. I do a lot of echo quilting - just to one side of the seam.
    my name is becca and i'm a quilt-a-holic :-)

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    The trick is to NOT watch the needle, watch the foot. If you guide the foot right along the edge then the needle will follow. If you watch the needle it is too late to correct any mistakes. Also sew on the side of the ditch that has the smallest amount of fabric. Good Luck.
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    I use the magnifier that attaches to the machine for all my SITD sewing. The ditch looks deep and wide through it so it's easy to stay next to it and not fall in but I sew right in the middle of the seam. I can't machine quilt without the magnifier. It's inexpensive and Walmart has them here. The lights on it aren't worth being on it so I don't even turn them on. I also have a the goose neck magnifier floor hand stitching lamp that is excellent for when I use my regular sewing machine. I put it in front of my needle. It makes a big difference in my piecing. And it uses batteries too if the power goes out. The light is very bright.

    http://www.simplicity.com/p-5219-cc-...magnifier.aspx machine attachment

    http://www.mightybright.com/Magnifie...-and-Magnifier I bought it at a local needlework shop but it's cheaper online at Amazon and Sears has some really nice ones.
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    Several people have suggested invisible thread. If you are sewing for someone with sensitive skin (or a baby/child), please do NOT use that stuff! Every little end piece will itch, like the devil . . . and no matter how carefully you bury the ends, they WILL poke through!
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    I can't make my SID perfect so I either go next to the ditch or use a decorative stitch. I have not mastered it and I don't want to try...lol. I hope you can get it.
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    I just did a small tutorial for those having trouble with SID. Was going to reply to you here, but thought others might find it handy too! Hope it helps:

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/tutoria...e-t199709.html

    Quote Originally Posted by pmcfarlin View Post
    My sid is really stich near the ditch, stich back and forth across the ditch, in and out of the ditch, there must be some trick to it. I've tried slowing down, maybe the size of the stitches has something to do with it. Who can help with some ideas. (from CA)
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    SID is really hard to get perfect so if your machine has a serpentine stitch, sort of a wavy line, use it. If it is off just a tad it isn't noticeable and gives a nice lacy effect to your quilting. I tried it on a baby quilt and was much more satisfied with the result than the regular SID.

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    I agree with franc36 - I seem to have much better luck with the open-toe foot than the edge joining foot. I guess it's because I can see better what I'm doing. But I totally LOVE prism's idea of using the serpentine stitch - will definitely try that on my next project!

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    Something that really helps me is to put 2 door stops under the back side of my machine to slightly tip it forward. It changes the angle and I can steer much better with far less fatigue in my shoulders. You can get them at Dollar Tree ... there are two sizes and I buy the larger one ... it even comes in white to match my furniture! LOL

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    I don't have a serpentine stitch on my machines, but do it free motion over the ditches and it comes out okay. It will not be absolutely uniform in appearance, but then, neither are my quilts!

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    Can you move the needle position on your machine? I move mine to the far right so the edge of the foot rests right next to the ditch. Then when I'm feeding the fabric I don't watch the needle but instead keep my eye on the foot. It's kind of like when you're driving - you look ahead on the road instead of right at the front of the car.

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    I have tried the invisible thread, the kind that looks like nylon fishing line. The result was a mess of tangles that I had to
    rip out. Is there some secret about using this thread?
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