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ishkabibble22
« on: January 18, 2011 07:42:20 AM »

I'm just wondering why one would need to change the needle position. I keep mine in the center but most machines give you the option to move it to the left or the right as well. I can't find anything on the web that explains a use for any other needle position. Anybody ever use it or have any ideas when I'd need to change it???
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westbrook
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2011 08:02:25 PM »

moving the needle left or right of center... and my Singer 401 has 5 needle positions... allows you to change the way a stitch looks.

The needle say in far right position, decorative stitch of some sort, creates a longer or shorter swing depending on the stitch thereby changing the way the stitch will look.

Each needle position... Left - center - right gives you the opportunity for 3 different looks. In a case where my machine has 5 needle positions, just changing 1 number will drastically alter the look of a stitch.

the short of it.... it varies a stitch pattern.

give it a try!

put your machine in a decorative stitch, scrap fabric, and go for it! only takes a few minutes.

hth.



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ishkabibble22
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2011 09:42:02 PM »

Thanks! I'll have to play with it sometime to see the difference.
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purefairydust
« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2011 08:14:07 PM »

On About.com is an explanation, here is the link on the use of different needle positions: http://sewing.about.com/od/sewingmachineindex/ss/needleposition.htm
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PawPrints
« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2011 03:02:45 PM »

Help!  My needle has always been in the middle position.  However, I attached an even-feed quilting foot the other day for the first time, it shifted my needle to the right, and ever since I took it off I can't get it back to the middle position.  Somehow I was able to move it to the left position and it stayed there, but for the life of me I can't get it to stay in the middle.  There's nothing in my manual that mentions anything about needle position.  I have a Futura CE-150.  Does anyone know how to fix this?

EDIT:  Nevermind, I figured it out!  It's been a LOOOONG day...
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Maggiedoll
« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2011 10:07:26 AM »

It does generally affect the decorative stitches, but I find that I mainly just use different needle positions for lining things up.  This is actually something that I use all the time, but I'm kinda having trouble putting into words exactly what I mean.  It lets put the seam exactly where I want it, or increase or decrease the seam allowance slightly without changing the guide you're following, or line up two rows of stitching, or maintain a particular distance from another seam or fold.. it just generally makes it really easy to use a normal zig-zag foot as a guide for placing a seam exactly where I need it to be. 
My main machine (Necchi BU Mira) technically has three needle position settings, but then also has a plate that goes over the placeholder bumps so that it can be one smooth continuum, so I can use exactly the needle position I want.  Very useful. 
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sqsny
« Reply #6 on: November 16, 2013 10:57:10 AM »

Hello forum. I am using a Singer Futura 2000 which is similar to the Athena - all models from the 70's that have electronic touch capabilities.
I cannot for the life of me however, figure out how to change the needle position on this machine from left to center to right.
A lot of people discuss setting the machine on zig zag setting and altering the stitch width, however this doesn't work on my machine.
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks
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Nofuelleft
« Reply #7 on: November 19, 2013 02:22:31 PM »

Hello forum. I am using a Singer Futura 2000 which is similar to the Athena - all models from the 70's that have electronic touch capabilities.
I cannot for the life of me however, figure out how to change the needle position on this machine from left to center to right.
A lot of people discuss setting the machine on zig zag setting and altering the stitch width, however this doesn't work on my machine.
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks

I dont think the needle can be put in a right position....
Left  and centre yes , but  to the right : no
I have a singer also , different model , but ony left and centre position

If i need something sewn with the needle in the "right position" as you call it , i just turn the fabric and use the let position
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