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Old 10-23-2014, 11:53 AM
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I actually stitch about 1/8 inch from the actual seam. The stitching looks better, I think, than sewing directly on top of the seam.
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Old 10-23-2014, 12:05 PM
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Originally Posted by PaperPrincess View Post
I've read if you press your seams open, you should not stitch in the ditch because you are only catching the thread that you used to join the patches. In this case, you would want to stitch close to the seam.
This is my understanding as well. The ditch is created by pressing to the side, thereby raising one side of the seam above the other.
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Old 10-23-2014, 12:18 PM
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Originally Posted by quiltingcandy View Post
For the most part I press my seams to one side, so I stitch on the lower side next to the seam. It appears to be the ditch, but not actually on the seam.
This is how I have done for many decades. You don't want to stitch on the fabric that is higher because of the seam allowance is pressed under.
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Old 10-23-2014, 12:23 PM
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I stitch right in the ditch. I am lucky and have a Pfaff, and it has a stitch in the ditch foot. That makes it pretty easy for me to do, and SID is my preferred quilting method. (I understand I am pretty rare in that regard. )

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Old 10-23-2014, 04:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
Well, I try to stitch directly in the ditch but it doesn't always turn out that way.
That's what I do also. With a walking foot, I usually stay in the ditch; but much of the time, my SITD is done when I am FMQ and that is when I am most likely to get out of the ditch a little.
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Old 10-23-2014, 07:25 PM
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Originally Posted by omaluvs2quilt View Post
Right in the seam, and I hate every minute of every ditch, lol! I've tried matching thread, clear monopoly thread, special stitch in the ditch foot, you name it. I've decided that the open toe "accufeed" foot for my Janome works best, along with going slowly. If you put slight outward pressure with your hands on either side of the seam, it does help some, but its difficult to get it perfect. It does however, secure the seams nicely and really does make the quilt pretty, even with free motion designs. I don't always do it if I'm doing an all-over fmq pattern, but some swear by it.
Do you have the Stitch in the Ditch Walking Foot for your Janome? It makes life a lot easier when ditching a quilt. I have a 6600P.
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Old 10-23-2014, 08:00 PM
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OK, I'm the odd one out. I stitch on top of the seam as I find that it gives me more of a cleaner look than in the ditch where it usually looks like I've veered off course more than once.
It is probably unconventional and against all the rules. If I can add that I think it makes the seam sturdier as it is sewn down.
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Old 10-23-2014, 09:27 PM
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I have done this but I was told that it is one of the hardest to do. FMQ is what I do anymore.
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Old 10-24-2014, 01:17 AM
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Like others, I press seams to the side and stitch on the lower ditch side, next to but not on top of the stitched seam. this is the goal, actual execution usually misses the mark at times!
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Old 10-24-2014, 03:24 AM
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I use the same foot for SID as I use for FMQ. I find it much easier to move the fabric myself rather than rely on the feed dogs and the walking foot. I feel like I have better control. Besides, quilting with the walking foot is SO Slow! I get bored really quickly.
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