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Thread: Stitch length??

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    Stitch length??

    Ladies,
    It has been awhile since I've pieced a quilt and binded a quilt. I'm planning on binding 2 quilts today, at least get the binding sewn on.

    In the back of my horrible memory I think I changed stitch length.

    So, is there a difference? I have a Viking Husqvarna and it currently set to "2".

    Any thoughts?

    TIA,
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    I always use the same stitch length, that being said I am going to watch this post and see what others say. Maybe there is a better way to do it!

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    I searched "stitch length" here and nothing appeared. I just googled it and it actually took me back to a thread from this board. It seems as though 2 or 2.5 is what others are using.

    HTH....
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    I always use a 2.2 to piece, but go to 3.0 when I sew on the binding because it is so much thicker to sew through the binding, two layers of fabric and the batting. ;o)

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    Binding or piecing, the minimum I sew with is 2 .... most times I go for 1.8
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    I piece with 1.5 using thin thread. Can't even see my stitches most of the time, they sink into the fabric and the seam lays very flat.
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    I use the same stitch length to put on binding as I do for quilting. 2.7 on my machine.

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    I use 2.0 on my machines... small enough to not unravel but not too small for Mr. Ripper when needed!

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    I've never changed my stitch length from piecing to binding. I use the same, about a 2.

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    I use 2.5 for binding.. as the bulk of the sandwich tends to shorten the stitch.

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    I, too, have the Viking. 99% of the time I use the default setting (which might be 2????) for piecing and binding. I don't change the stitch for binding. Might change it doing pp'ing so the paper rips off easier or when using flannel, but that's about it.

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    When I attach the binding to the quilt, I use the default 2.2 (Pfaff QE 4.0) but when I fold it over to finish (if I use the machine) I lengthen the stitch a little, maybe 3.0. That is just my preference, I haven't seen that advised anywhere.
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    I started using the 2 setting for working on curved piecing and have never changed it back, I like the smaller stitch. It seams to make a neater seam when pressing.
    peace

    EDIT: Iforgot to say that I do go up to 2.5 when binding or sewing thicker fabric. The longer stitch works better through three layers.
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    2.5 on my older Pfaff

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    I piece with the machine default of 2.2 but quilt with 3 and bind with 2.5.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NJ Quilter View Post
    I, too, have the Viking. 99% of the time I use the default setting (which might be 2????) for piecing and binding. I don't change the stitch for binding. Might change it doing pp'ing so the paper rips off easier or when using flannel, but that's about it.
    This was my thought. I seldom change the stitch length. I have a viking Rose. When you turn the machine off & back on again, it will return to the default setting.

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    I have better luck when I go to 2.5 or 3 for the binding because there are so many layers. Small stitches tend to pucker mine because the transfer doesn't seem even.

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