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Thread: stitch in ditch I'm not getting it right

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
    I found traditional machine SID too nerve-wracking. I use a serpentine stitch now. This makes a wavy line so that I only have to stay approximately in the seam line when I am using it. Small deviations do not show. I just use a regular metal zigzag foot for this (not an open-toe embroidery foot, as that allows too much fabric to gather near the needle). The end look is different, but I like it.

    Here is a link to some samples of serpentine stitch. The one I am using on my Bernina is closest to #19 in the photo. I adjusted the stitch width and length to make mine a little tighter wave:
    http://restisnotidleness.blogspot.co...-stitches.html

    Thank you for the link! Been beating myself up over SID ~ this is exactly what I've been needing!!

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    SID can be quite a challenge for sure! I usually do a little SID or preferably, stitch near the ditch, on large quilts to secure my quilt sandwich before I get down to all the FMQ details. I use my walking foot and a closely matching thread and just do the best I can.
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    Just keep sewing. Many of us want perfection 100% of the time. Unless it will be in a big Quilt show it will just be loved by the person receiving it.
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    Hang in there!
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    When I do sitd I use a decorative stitch.....very forgiving of small mistakes. And these hold the quilt together better too.

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    I was going to also going to suggest pulling the seam a part with your hands ang put that open toe foot back on.. Also if you can set your machine to a slower speed do that.

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    Interesting helps - thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by mucky View Post
    I was going to also going to suggest pulling the seam a part with your hands ang put that open toe foot back on.. Also if you can set your machine to a slower speed do that.
    Thank you all, of all suggestions...i do this. Slow going, less ripping out stitches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by virginia cartwright View Post
    I have found that having a pair of Rubber Gloves on help, also Rubber Fingers. There is also special gloves that you can buy in the Quit Store that are fantastic. Better then Rubber Gloves because they are partly cotton and breath.
    I LOVE the light weight gloves with only rubber tips! Thank you.

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    SID takes practice too, just like FMQ. I recently discovered that if I don't look at the needle, but look at the center of the walking foot, that's right in front of the needle, and make sure that the ditch stays centered in that place, the needle then sews in the ditch. It's hard to not look at the needle, but I'm trying not to, and then it really works well.

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    I don't like SITD stitching either so I used a serpentine stitch and it was SOOOO much better. Even if it varies a little it isn't noticable.

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    Thank you for this tip--I did SID and wasn't always in the ditch and wish I had thought of the serpentine stitch before doing the entire quilt.

    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
    I found traditional machine SID too nerve-wracking. I use a serpentine stitch now. This makes a wavy line so that I only have to stay approximately in the seam line when I am using it. Small deviations do not show. I just use a regular metal zigzag foot for this (not an open-toe embroidery foot, as that allows too much fabric to gather near the needle). The end look is different, but I like it.

    Here is a link to some samples of serpentine stitch. The one I am using on my Bernina is closest to #19 in the photo. I adjusted the stitch width and length to make mine a little tighter wave:
    http://restisnotidleness.blogspot.co...-stitches.html

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    I have done quite a few quilts with the sitd, slow was the name of the game for me and then when my eyes would start getting tired of staring at the ditch, I would get up and take a break for a short time, then go back to it.

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    have you tried a line tanner ruler? I love mine. It keeps me where I need to be.

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    Wow I have learned something here. I thought when you SITD you just sewed where they joined together. You all have shown me that it is a little more complicated then that. The idea is not to see the stitching?????? I have failed on this one big time. I will have to practice a lot more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chairjogger View Post
    Oh my! Breathing to just get this done! Sort of a split rail with pinwheel accents. Only 8 inch long ditches then the rails switch. 62 inch x 62 inch...I' m freaking out on this one... Even bought the foot....back to clear normal foot.
    Just getting through it at this point.
    This may be a no-no but sometimes I use clear thread to SID to hold it together well then colored to do my FMQ

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