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Straight Line Quilting - Do You Lengthen You Stitch?

Old 02-24-2015, 06:44 AM
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Default Straight Line Quilting - Do You Lengthen You Stitch?

I usually lengthen my stitch to 3.0 for straight line quilting when I use my walking foot. I was wondering if anyone used a longer stitch length than that for quilting straight lines.
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Old 02-24-2015, 06:48 AM
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That is the length that I use on my Bernina 1530. I have always enjoyed the look of crosshatching.
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Old 02-24-2015, 07:34 AM
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Yes, I use 3 inch length also, but on a recent large quilt I used 3.5 and it worked great. I used shiny embroidery thread and the larger stitch made a really big impact.
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Old 02-24-2015, 07:39 AM
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I was just thinking of this yesterday for a different application. My Viking will normally sew through just about anything without making any changes. I was sewing binding onto a baby quilt yesterday. Have never used a walking foot for this (or anything else - don't even own one) and never noticed any chugging or complaining in the past. Yesterday, though, it seemed to be lumbering a bit. Granted, the spool of thread I was using seemed to be having issues as well. But it was just a baby quilt. I just wasn't willing to work that hard at it. It finally occurred to me very late in the process that I should have lengthened my stitchs and the machine probably would have been happier! Oh well. One more project to finish up and then she goes in for her scheduled spa treatment.
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​I do lengthen my stitch when using my walking foot. I also loosen the foot pressure tension on my Bernina a bit.
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Old 02-24-2015, 08:06 AM
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Yes, I also use about a 3.0 stitch when doing straight or wavy line quilting with the walking foot.
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Making note of this. Thanks!
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Old 02-24-2015, 08:15 AM
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Yep, 3.0 for me, too
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Old 02-24-2015, 08:46 AM
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I lengthen the stitch to 3 for walking foot quilting also.
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Old 02-24-2015, 08:47 AM
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Yes, lengthen my stitch for quiltimg, plus it's quicker with a bigger stitch ��
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