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I am a mother, a new grandmother, and a teacher. But whatever happens in my life, I keep sewing. I have worked as a political communicator and now as a teacher in my formal life. I have also written extensively on sewing. I have been a frequent contributor and contributing editor of Threads magazine and the Australian magazine Dressmaking with Stitches. My first book Sew.. the garment-making book of knowledge will be published in May 2018 and is available for pre-order from Amazon


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Friday, January 21, 2011

Straight stitch plates etc.

I stayed up late last night and installed a collar and band with the option three method - with great success, more on that later.

What I want to share with you now is what I have learned about straight stitch plates and feet.

Here is a picture of my standard plate and foot, and of my straight stitch plate and foot. You don't need to be a genius to see that having the action part of the stitch over top of that open space (wider the zig zag your machine does the wider the hole in the plate and foot - mine does 9 mm.) the more wobbly your stitch is going to be.

The effect on switching to a straight stitch plate and foot on my stitching has been dramatic.

For example when I stitched around my collar my machine marched right along without any hesitation, not a skipped stitch, and no "hump jumper" needed. 

What a relief. The only errors made were in the chair. 


Anonymous said...

That stitching looks great! I'm going to have to try mine.

Eugenia said...

Beautiful, perfect stitching! Very impressive.

Cennetta said...

Wow! Thanks for sharing this information. It makes sense. Your results are beautiful.

Joyce in NC said...

I sometimes forget I have a straight stitch plate. It is wonderful for pivoting in tight corners. Great looking stitches.

Anonymous said...

That's brilliant. I'll have to investigate one of those plates for my machine. Your stitching looks fantastic.