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    Stitch in the Ditch

    Good Morning All
    I just found out there is a foot for stitching in the ditch. I am wondering if they really help< My SID looks like it was done by a child- a very small child!
    Any advice?
    Thanks Bj

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    I bought one that is a foot plate for my walking foot. It is supposed to help you stitch in the ditch but I have not used it. Since it is hard to "stitch in the ditch" I like to use a meandering or wavy stitch across the ditch. then if I am not straight it doesn't matter. There will come a time that I will have to use it.


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    I have both the regular type and the one for the walking foot. LOVE them! One of my favorite feet to use. If you cann afford it get the walking foot type ( if avaiable for your machine) ... its one of the quilting expenses I do not regret.
    Just a comment consider using a fancy stitch.. I use the large S or serpentine stitch alot , it never looks like you went off course. T
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    I too have the regular SITD as well as the one for the Janome AccuFeed/

    They are well worth the $, and I love the job they do.

    The foot has a little "plough" on it, that sits into the "ditch" and then you just sew along.
    Once I have the needle position set so the stitches "are" in the ditch, then it's easy peasy to SITD!
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    Thanks so much. Wish I had thought about the decorative way to do it before I started this quilt! In the mean time I will save my prnnies I mean dollars to get the SID walking foot.
    Well back to it--I have broken two needles so far! But a little over 1/2 done now. (Can you see I am smiling1111)

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    I have one of these feet, but I don't use it anymore because I'm too much of a perfectionist for SITD. What I am doing instead now is using a "serptentine" stitch, which is basically a wavy stitch to left and right. It goes right over the seam allowance but I no longer have to worry about deviations from the seam (they basically don't show up) plus I can sew faster this way.

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    I have a STD foot and I really like it and I have never had any problem with my stitching looking nice
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    Stitch in the Ditch

    Yes the stitch in the ditch foot is very necessary. I use a Bernina 440 and use this foot all the time for quilting.

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    I use an open toe foot for sitd . I find that I can see where I'm going much better than using the sitd foot.

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    I love the SID foot, the little guide sits on the seam, looks good!!!!

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    I love mine. The little guide pushes the fabric back so the ditch is exposed. I do find I have to trust it to do it's thing - I need to watch the guilde, not the needle. If I start watching the needle, I slip out of the ditch.

    I just went around the first border on a quilt with really thick batting and there's not a missed stitch or any tucks on the back. It's a Prayers and Squares quilt so it will be tied. I just wanted to hold it together.
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    I bought the STID foot for the Janome 7700. I haven't had the need to use it YET. The day I bought the machine the salesman showed it to me and I said not right now. Well...a few weeks later when I went to my instruction class I decided I would buy it. The project that I am working on now is Sun Bonnet Sue...the month of June wallhanging. I will be doing machine applique for the first time...except the test piece I did in the instruction class. The wallhanging has a narrow and then a wide border so when I get to quilting those I will be using the STID foot. I'm anxious to try it now that I hear how great it works.

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    I bought a Janome STID foot, and I was sure that I was really going to love it. I do like how it works with the guide, but I find I really need the walking foot to quilt smoothly. Do they make a STID walking foot for Janome?

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    Same here. I was not as accurate with the sitd foot, so I use the serpentine or similar stitch to sitd.


    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
    I have one of these feet, but I don't use it anymore because I'm too much of a perfectionist for SITD. What I am doing instead now is using a "serptentine" stitch, which is basically a wavy stitch to left and right. It goes right over the seam allowance but I no longer have to worry about deviations from the seam (they basically don't show up) plus I can sew faster this way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by margaret53 View Post
    I bought a Janome STID foot, and I was sure that I was really going to love it. I do like how it works with the guide, but I find I really need the walking foot to quilt smoothly. Do they make a STID walking foot for Janome?
    If you have a Janome with the Accufeed system, then yes there is a SITD foot for the Accufeed. I have this and really like it.

    On my old machine (non-accufeed) I just used the regular SITD, and quilted without any problems, without the walking foot. However, this was just for smaller items, eg. table runners, mug rugs, wall hangings.

    I don't believe there is a SITD for a regular walking foot attachment.
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    Just curious, since I can find no specific SITD walking foot for my Baby Lock, but are the Bernina or Janome SITD walking foot something that can be used on other brands of sewing machines?

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    I use a walking foot for SID and never had a problem. Sewing slowly seems to help keep my stitching straight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BuzzinBumble View Post
    Just curious, since I can find no specific SITD walking foot for my Baby Lock, but are the Bernina or Janome SITD walking foot something that can be used on other brands of sewing machines?
    Feet are usually brand specific ... you'd be best to ask your dealer what options might be available for you.
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    Personally I like my walking foot better than the SID foot. I'll try the Serpentine stitch. Sounds good.
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    Thanks QuiltE - I will do that! I've been meaning to take that drive for awhile anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
    I have one of these feet, but I don't use it anymore because I'm too much of a perfectionist for SITD. What I am doing instead now is using a "serptentine" stitch, which is basically a wavy stitch to left and right. It goes right over the seam allowance but I no longer have to worry about deviations from the seam (they basically don't show up) plus I can sew faster this way.
    What a great idea! I will have to try that next time I do SID as my S is practially never in the D LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by BuzzinBumble View Post
    Thanks QuiltE - I will do that! I've been meaning to take that drive for awhile anyway.
    ... or just phone them and ask!
    Of course ... it's a good excuse to make it to the store to let some fabric follow you home!!
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    I started using a 'wobbly' stitch that is on the machine when I stitch in the ditch. Some stitches are on one side, some on the other. It looks like it is supposed to look like that, even though I would have preferred a nice straight stitch.

    Anita in Northfield, MN

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    They are ok, but if you go slow and pull the sides apart as they go under the presser foot you can stay on track without one.
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    To all the quilters that are doing the serpentine stitch over the seam, I have a question. Are you dropping the feed dogs or just sewing serpentine over the seams? If so what stitch length? I apologize if your posts are clear to most, I'm easily confused :0)
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