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Thread: Stitch Length

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    Super Member SunlitenSmiles's Avatar
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    this is going to depend on if you have a rotary or osillating bobbin but I was always told to use the smallest stitch possible that you can still remove if necessary......remember my sewing teacher calling larger stitches "just basting"

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    Default on most machines is 2.5. That works.
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    Usually 2.5 for me. I use a locking stich on the beginning of chain piecing.

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    Make sure that the stitches are properly forming - and the tensions are where you want them to be. If a thread is 'floating' on one surface - the stitches pull out very easily

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    I, too, use the default stitch and never backstitch and haven't had a problem...yet!
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    I hold the thread ends taut and sew a few stitches at the beginning before the feed dog actually picks up the fabric to feed it through which produces a sort of knot that, so far, has kept the ends from coming undone. I do the same at the other end of the seam by stitching a few stitches off the end. When I cut the thread I leave those few stitches in tact.
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    I usually use 2.0 stitch length. Right now I'm taking a class and the instructor told us to try reducing our presser foot tension to 4.5 - it won't 'push' the fabric so much. What a difference! You might want to give it a try....

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    Quote Originally Posted by burchquilts View Post
    I sew with what I consider a pretty small stitch, too. I have a Featherweight that I do all my quilting on & I set the stitch at about 15 stitches per inch. That's pretty small, isn't it? I know it sure seems that way when I have to take those puppies back out... LOL!
    Rebecca, I too use about 15 stitches per inch. Small but big enough to see to unsew when mecessary.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rose Marie View Post
    Most of the time I just use the standard setting.
    It does help to shorten the stitch length a little.
    My machine is 2.5 and I shorten to 2.0.
    I do not backstitch since you sew over your seams when piecing.
    If you paper piece you do need to shorten the stitch length.
    I agree. I shorten a bit for paper piecing but I don't for anything else. I use 2.5 almost exclusively for piecing. Backstitching is unnecessary when pieces are stitched together.

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