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Old 09-04-2020, 04:18 AM
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I’m not a speed sewer at all, not even close! Longarm is faster than when I’m piecing, but not super fast either. Like all things, different speeds for different folks. When I took a longarm class I needed a couple of practice tops since I had no tops ready, I purchased 2 practice tops on Etsy, and was appalled at the seams. I spent several hours ripping and re-sewing them. Some seams were totally missed altogether, some were less than an 1/8 of a inch, etc. . I reached out to the seller and expressed my concerns and she stated that she was a “speed sewer” and it never occurred to her to check her work when she was done. 😳
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Old 09-04-2020, 05:21 AM
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I recently ran my machine at top speed, but it was for a very long seam when I was sewing the backing together. Other than that, I generally run 1/2 speed or maybe a bit faster. Complicated piecing, I use slower than that.
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Old 09-04-2020, 05:35 AM
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my newest machine startled me the first time i went top speed.
it's the fastest machine i've owned to date.
now that i'm used to it i will put the pedal to the metal when i can.
most of the time, though, i plod along at about 3/4 max.
i will crawl if it's the only way to maintain accuracy on that project.
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Old 09-04-2020, 05:58 AM
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I use full speed to test a sewing table. If my machine shakes I know the table isn't a good sewing table. At sewdays or retreats the tables are never the best so sewing slow is a must.
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Old 09-04-2020, 09:35 AM
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I do Not use full speed on anything. Not embroidery, straight seams, FMQ, winding a bobbin, nothing. I feel that I lose control and accuracy. Sewing slower works better for me.
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Old 09-04-2020, 09:53 AM
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Ican take my machines up close to the top for only moments at a time. I mostly stay in the mid range of my speed control. That is where I am comfortable. Especially when sewing blocks or putting on a binding, like I am today, I want a bit of speed but do not want to lose control of what I am making.
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Old 09-04-2020, 06:14 PM
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I go fast when winding bobbins and when FMQing. Going too slow will not give me even stitches.

My machine is meant to be sewn fast.
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Old 09-04-2020, 08:59 PM
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Interesting to hear what people do. For me I stitch as fast as I can control. Winding a bobbin, FMQ full out. Sewing strips together and other long seams--full out. Slow-rarely.
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Old 09-05-2020, 08:24 AM
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Originally Posted by osewme View Post
My top speed on my machine doesn't seem to be all that fast compared to what I've seen in youtube tutorials, etc. I generally sew at about 1/2 or 3/4 speed. I'm finding the slower I go the better I sew.

most videos look faster than it actually is because of camera speed.
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Old 09-06-2020, 09:22 AM
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My machine's top speed isn't all that fast. I keep it set on top speed, but I use a foot pedal and mostly sew slowly. If I'm piecing long strips or finishing fabric edges I'll go fast. I certainly hope I'm not ruining my machine by going slowly! There is nothing in the manual that warns about going slowly.
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