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Old 11-26-2013, 10:50 PM
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I have a Husqvarna Sapphire 870 which I am very happy with except it eats the fabric at the beginning of the seam. I was wondering if I bought a straight stitch needle plate (the one with one small hole) would that help the problem?
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Old 11-26-2013, 10:54 PM
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That does help but it you start with a leader fabric, and start in the middle of the piece it will take care of it too. Also, avoids any nests underneath with a leader piece.
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Old 11-26-2013, 11:00 PM
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I use the leaders and enders method. I just know if I put my single hole plate in, I'd forget and zig zag over it or something and throw my machine out of whack.
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Old 11-26-2013, 11:17 PM
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Change your needle, use a good quality one and it might work better. I have the exact same problem with my machines and it's usually because I have an dull needle. I tend to be a member of the "oh, needles need to be changed? I just sew until they break" club. And I would buy the cheapy needles whenever I'd come across them. I once found a store that had 4 packs of 5 needles for $1.00. Just a few years ago, I found out why they were so cheap. Oh well lessons learned. Leaders and enders are a great way to assist with the problem also.
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Old 11-27-2013, 12:32 AM
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A straight stitch plate will help, but as an earlier poster said, it's risky if you do any other kind of stitch. Leaders/enders work, starching works also.
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I just finished piecing a top that had lots of pointy tips so I used my single hole stitch plate, but normally I also worry that I'll switch to zig zag or some other stitch and forget, then break a needle. Typically I rely on leaders and enders, and I'm always trying to get better about changing the needle.
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Old 11-27-2013, 01:20 AM
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It is a good idea to use leaders or pigs as we call them. I saw Jennie Rayment starting stitching a straight row and she began about an inch in went backwards to edge then straight . I thought it was a good idea as I forget beginners and Enders.it ma also stop nest if you pull the bottom thread up as in quilting.
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Old 11-27-2013, 01:30 AM
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Just remembered something I read here. Someone said if they use their straight stitch plate they put a little sticky note on their stitch changer knob (or whatever their machine uses). That way they remember. My luck the sticky note would fall off. Maybe it was masking tape.
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Leaders and Enders. I always use one.
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Old 11-27-2013, 04:54 AM
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All of the above and this too. I keep packing paper close by and tear a bit off to use as a leader. My quarter inch foot has a small opening for the needle that helps stabilize the fabric underneath. Keepsake Quilting packs the boxes with the packing paper. Being frugal, I reuse it whenever possible, have found that it makes great pp foundations, it tears away nicely.
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