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    I have seen message board members talk about SITD. Can anyone explain this to me. My Grandmother used to do this but she liked to keep her secrets secrets. She took everything to the grave with her. No food recipes, No quilting patterns not a thing. Not even when I would ask her to show me something. She would just show up at my home with it already done.
    I would appreciate any help with this.

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    that is stitch in the ditch which means to stitch within the seam line or right next to it. i do next to it. you simply put your hands on either side of the seam going under the needle and stitch very close to the seam line. when you let go of the fabric the stitching won't show for the most part.
    i don't like stitching on top of the seam threads myself. but it's an easy way to get a quilt finished.

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    Thank you so much. I have been quilting for years but i still have so much to learn.

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    I generally machine quilt but was thinking about trying it by hand. That is if I have the patience to do it.

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    here is an example.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nb3qmsNbTqE

    I actually have a special foot to do SID. I compare it to a plough in the field following a row. The little guide follows the seam line.

    It really helps to have all the seams pressed to one side when doing SID or the needle wants to jump to the low side. I call that MAD or meandering around the ditch.

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    I had the honor of scribing for the judge at our county fair. She would say "stitches in the ditch should stay in the ditch." She would also comment that SITD is one of the hardest quilting techniques to perfect. I never worry about it too much as I never plan on entering a quilt to be judged....I don't need the pressure! :)

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    Thank goodness it's one of the hardest stitches to perfect! ;-)

    I thought I was making a hash of something that was supposed to be one of the simplest ways to quilt.

    However many times I've tried... I still can't seem to get this technique right, so I always end up pulling out the stitches and quilting on the diagonal.

    Looks like shopping for a new foot attachement is on the cards.

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    I mostly FMQ or once in a while I will stitch with my walking foot and let it ride against a straight seam, like the border seam or down a long strip when I make that type of quilt. I'm no good at SID, I find it hard to sew straight enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    here is an example.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nb3qmsNbTqE

    I actually have a special foot to do SID. I compare it to a plough in the field following a row. The little guide follows the seam line.

    It really helps to have all the seams pressed to one side when doing SID or the needle wants to jump to the low side. I call that MAD or meandering around the ditch.
    Thank you so much. That was great instructions. I guess i am gonna have to get a walking foot.

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    I have SITD on all my quilts; at least I have something to follow :-) ; haven't had the courage yet to FMQ by that is coming in my next one. I have found that if I have trouble staying in the ditch I just need to slow down a little bit or adjust the weight of my quilt. I've had to pull a few threads but if I use a neutral color I don't really worry about it because it "fades" in to the background.

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    Now that I know what SITD is. What is FMQ?

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    FMQ is Free Motion Quilting.

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    Definitely not a SID expert, but find that any sewing machine quilting (don't have a long arm :-< ) is made 100% easier/better by using my Machinger gloves. Plus, they save hand fatigue!

    Until you get a SID foot, might try a narrow zipper foot - the kind that rides on the outside of the zipper - that will give you good visibity for your seam and let the foot ride to one side of your seam. Good luck, have fun!

    Love this forum!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by flybreit
    Until you get a SID foot, might try a narrow zipper foot - the kind that rides on the outside of the zipper - that will give you good visibity for your seam and let the foot ride to one side of your seam. Good luck, have fun!

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    Great Idea!! Hadn't thought of that - I don't have a walking foot for my Singer (but I do for my Bernina!). When the Bernina's embroidering I'm planning on working with the Singer - now I can SITD with that one a lot easier than with a regular foot. Thanks for the tip!

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    Learned a lot (but not enough!) from my grandmother whose only machine ever was a treadle and my mother who tailored beautiful garments on nothing but a Featherweight.

    Both of their machines live in my sewing room with hopes their skills will pass to me. Maybe someday!

    That zipper foot idea works really well when using SID to finish a machine binding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flybreit
    Definitely not a SID expert, but find that any sewing machine quilting (don't have a long arm :-< ) is made 100% easier/better by using my Machinger gloves. Plus, they save hand fatigue!

    Until you get a SID foot, might try a narrow zipper foot - the kind that rides on the outside of the zipper - that will give you good visibity for your seam and let the foot ride to one side of your seam. Good luck, have fun!

    Love this forum!!
    Two great ideas I'd not thought of. I'll be sandwiching my quilt in the next couple of days, so I'll try the zipper foot for my machine and give SID another go.

    Thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjomomma
    I have seen message board members talk about SITD. Can anyone explain this to me. My Grandmother used to do this but she liked to keep her secrets secrets. She took everything to the grave with her. No food recipes, No quilting patterns not a thing. Not even when I would ask her to show me something. She would just show up at my home with it already done.
    I would appreciate any help with this.
    If you have pressed your seam allowance to one side, the ditch will be as close as possible to the seam on the side that DOES NOT have the seam allowances. Use a thread that blends with the "ditch" side not the other side. If your stitching jumps to the side with the seam allowances, you'll see it right away as it looks like topstitching.

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    I have seen some quilts done with the stitched zig zag, lengthened out so that it becomes a wavy line. It works great on baby quilts that get laundered regularly.

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    I use my open toe embroidery foot on my Pfaff 2030, and try to stay on the "low side" of the seam, that is not the side with the seam allowance. Like anything else, practice, practice! I'm actually pretty good at it now, after about 10 years of practice...lol. I also do alot of quilting on the diagonal with blue painters tape, you stitch along the side, but not on the tape...takes tweesers to remove stitched on tape.

    Sue

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    Thank You everyone for the great advice. It is amazing the amount of knowledge that can be found on these threads. I have learned a lot even before I joined, before I just to read the comments.
    Thanks again.
    Carrie

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    Here is a link to quilt terms. I think just about everything is covered here.

    http://www.straw.com/equilters/libra.../glossary.html

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    thank you so much for the link. I printed it out so i could remember everything.

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