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Permanent Machine Stitch

     When sewing machines were invented they quickly took the place of hand-stitching. Machine stitching is used in basic garment making, craft making, home decor, and quilt making because it is strong and quick to do. However, there are still some fabrics and stitches which work best with hand-stitching.

     To achieve a good machine stitch it should be a straight line, and you should not even be able to see the stitching. Choose the correct type of thread for the fabric. The general rule of thumb for thread is if you can't find a spool in your exact color go with a slightly darker shade of thread.

     Whenever possible let the bulk of your project lie to the left of the machine or needle where there is plenty of room for it to fit.  When student go off track with this I remind them to pretend they are making a wedding gown with a twelve foot train. Would that gown and train be able to fit in that area to the right of the needle? Of course not, so remember to keep your work to the left of the needle as you sew. This helps you guide your fabric for a much easier sewing job.  Don't pull or push your work through the machine, let the machine do the work itself, that is the feed dogs job.

     Last, to achieve nice permanent stitches, make sure you have the correct needle. Over time needles can become blunt so its a good idea to replace your needle every eight hours of sewing.




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