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Topic: Why Can't I Stitch in the Ditch???  (Read 1354 times)
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« on: August 09, 2007 06:22:40 PM »

For some reason I cannot figure out how to stitch in the ditch. I try to just follow the seam line and I end up all over the place, in the seam, not in the seam, all across the quilt block...wherever! Is there something I'm just missing?? Angry

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« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2007 05:17:30 AM »

Make sure the weight of the quilt is supported.  Quilts are heavy and if the bulk of it is just hanging there it will easily pull your stitching away from where you want it to be.  Are you using a walking foot?


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« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2007 04:47:12 AM »

It took me a little while to learn to stitch in the ditch with large quilts. I use a walking foot and go slower than I would for quilting freemotion or with the guide. Good luck!
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« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2007 01:44:26 PM »

I guess I figured out my problem....I don't have a walking foot **yet** (just ordered one on EBAY). I've been trying with a free motion foot, I guess that was my first mistake. Now I can't wait for that foot to get here! It's amazing how many different feet you need for quilting. I now officially have every foot that goes to my machine!!

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« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2007 10:14:39 AM »

The walking foot will help you a TON!!!  I tried the free motion foot too and I was all over the place, I did the walking foot and it almost looks professional...lol

« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2007 09:13:54 PM »

You can buy a special foot for your sewing machine that has a flange in the center. You just keep the flange in the seam line and sew.  this foot is sometimes called an edge joining foot or stitch-in-the-ditch foot.  Check you local dealer.

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« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2007 05:57:53 PM »

Another bit of advice in addition to the walking foot...  Try not to focus on the needle going in the fabric.  If your foot does not have a little mark on it to indicate where the needle lines up, put one there with a Sharpie pen.  Then, make sure your mark lines up with the "ditch" and focus on that...  You'll find it will be easier to keep your line straight.


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Have fun and keep sewing!!!
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