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Thread: Stitch In The Ditch

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    Is there a super secret method of using stitch in the ditch and not have it look like I dozed off and ran off the road? Appreciate any thoughts.

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    No super secret that I know of but here are a few hints

    There is a special foot for SID for some machines. It has a metal guide that runs in front of the foot that sits in the ditch so your needle will go in the ditch.

    If you don't have the SID foot try slowing down a bit. I find that if I spread the fabric as much as I can with my hands before it goes under the needle as I the quilt feeds under the walking foot that seems to help keep my stitches in the ditch.

    I have done many where I purposely stitched right next to the ditch, like 1/8" or less and used the seam as my guide.

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    I might try the 1/8 method. I like the look of an outline. Thanks, all the suggestions are good.

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    My method for not making it look like I fell asleep and ran off the road... Meander... tee hee I don't SID anymore. It just frustrates me.

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    I like to use a "wavy" stitch or something, then if you are off a little, no one will notice

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    Same here. Either meandering or wavy stitch. I just can't get the hang of stitch in the ditch. Maybe I need to get that foot. It might help.

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    I had been wondering about SID as well, so much to learn about! Being a beginner quilter my first hand quilting stiches were not that good but I carried on and by the end of the QS quilt I had improved a lot. I can live with a few uneven stiches, when my quilt is on the bed it looks ok over all! I must put a pic up of my first quilt, and thankyou for the info on SID as I am about to try! Gal

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    I find that if I am really careful about pressing seams to one side and starching the top before I sandwich it, that I get a good ridge formed along the seam line is it is easier to stay in the ditch.

    It's when I get lazy about pressing that I have trouble finding and staying in the ditch.

    it's like everything else, practise helps along with accepting less than perfect while we learn.

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    Thankyou I never thought that far back into the process would have lasting effects but of course it must, thanks for the good advise.

    Gal

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    Glad this was asked because I tend to run off too!

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    My theory is if it can't be seen on a galloping horse from forty feet it is ok. That goes for SID, getting corners to always match and perfect points. Just enjoy the process and the fabrics. Don't get upset if all is not perfect. You will enjoy it all the more. Strive for your best but don't sweat the small stuff.

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    From what I've read, using a SID foot with the metal guide running precisely along the stitching line puts the stitching just to the right of the seamline, which is correct. According to SID info., if you stitch exactly on your stitches, it weakens the seamline stitching; therefore the stitches SHOULD be just to the right of the seam. My SID foot works that way. (IMO, without a SID foot/metal guide, it would be virtually impossible to stitch a straight line next to the seamline.) If you have the SID foot and still sew crookedly, one thing you need to be careful about is sewing over "lumps" where two seams meet. Those lumps can cause your guide and stitching to go wonky. Also, when using the SID foot, the narrowest zigzag stitch works well.

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    I have found that using a walking foot works best for me for SID. Also sssllloooowwwwww dddoooowwwwnnnnn. I always think there is a race going on and I have to be first. I learned to slow down a lot when SID.

    I have tried the SID foot, all it did was get hung up on the thread in the ditch.

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    I go for the 1/8" next to the seam..I also like to echo quilt when the pattern is appropriate for it, that way I can use my 1/4" foot as well....

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    I orderd a SID foot and hope to get it soon. I am lousy at FMQ. Is meandering different from FMQ?

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    It really helps when the seams all lay to one side or the other. When the seams flip from block to block, the foot has a tendency to jump the ditch (so-to-speak).
    It also helps to make sure that your sandwich is pretty taught. That helps control the sides with your hands.
    I roll my quilt into a tube and guide it through the throat. Sometimes, it gets very heavy and is hard to control. Sometimes, the sheer weight of it pulls the sewing piece out of whack. Take rests.
    Lastly, go slow.

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    Thank you one and all for your suggestions. You've given me wonderful information :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by SherriB
    I orderd a SID foot and hope to get it soon. I am lousy at FMQ. Is meandering different from FMQ?
    Meandering is FMQ. So is stippling (smaller loops, etc., than meandering ... much more dense stitching) and, in fact, any design that you create while your machine feed dogs are down and you are guiding the machine while it stitches is FMQ. Flowers, leaves, feathers ... all take practice but can be done free motion. I can do meandering and stippling and simple leaves & vines o.k., but if I try to FMQ anything very complex, it looks like I'm high on drugs and/or booze ... it is quite frightening looking and not at all attractive.

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    I forogt to tell you that I don't relly SID - I MAD (meander around the ditch) lol. If I have more than one glass of wine, it is FID (fall in ditch).

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    Here's my secret. I don't do SITD anymore. That's how I solved the running-all-over-the-place problem with it! It's just too fussy a technique for me, especially since I get too perfectionistic about it.

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    I finally figured out that stitching IN the ditch was actually stitching BESIDE the ditch, but I can't figure out which foot is best to use. Seems like the walking foot would be best since I am stitching several layers and sure don't want that backing to pucker. But the SID foot has that nifty little thing that spreads that seam open. Does anybody sell a Walking SID foot?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    I forogt to tell you that I don't relly SID - I MAD (meander around the ditch) lol. If I have more than one glass of wine, it is FID (fall in ditch).
    You are so funny. :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    sorry cant help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    I forogt to tell you that I don't relly SID - I MAD (meander around the ditch) lol. If I have more than one glass of wine, it is FID (fall in ditch).
    You are too funny! I always look forward to seeing your avatar in a thread. I need to come hang out with you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magoo
    I might try the 1/8 method. I like the look of an outline. Thanks, all the suggestions are good.
    this way does look great.

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