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Date: 5/18/09 11:12 AM

In browsing features, I notice the 7470 and the Curvy 8770 claim this feature. But so far, I can't find an example of this on the web. I think it's an intriguing and unusual feature, so I'm plenty curious.

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Date: 5/18/09 2:10 PM

I think the hand look stitch is on several makes of fairly recent model machines of different brands. My Viking and Brother machines have this stitch and I don't remember if it is one of the included stitches on my Kenmore which is also computerized but I don't think my mechanical Pfaff has this stitch because it has nowhere near the number of stitches that my computerized machines have.
Another stitch that I like is the saddle stitch.

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Date: 5/18/09 4:48 PM

The ONLY way to get a hand-quilted look is to HAND QUILT!!!!!

Any machine stitch that purports to simulate hand quilting looks like pure crap on the reverse side.

There is nothing wrong with machine quilting. The best of it is always done with a plain old straight stitch.

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Date: 5/18/09 5:00 PM

Most machines geared to quilters over the past 10 years or so have this stitch. You use monofilament thread either on top or in the bobbin (forgot now). The thing is...it is a very slow process even with the machine. I'd never want to do a whole quilt with it for that reason but for small projects like coaster or place-mats or purse fronts, it might be fine. It only appears hand-quilted from a distance because the "between" stitch that joins each previous stitch to the next is clear. It's maybe got its uses but if you intend to actually use it QUILT, you would want to try it out first.

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Date: 5/18/09 5:52 PM

I have a Pfaff with an assortment of these stitches. Sewfrequent gives a good summary.

You put invisible thread in the needle and your "quilt stitch" thread in the bobbin (I'd want to use a contrasting color that shows). The stitch program (these are all computer machines) sews out a stitch pattern and automatically adjusts the tension such that the bobbin thread is drawn to the top of the quilt for some of the stitches in the stitch pattern. A single "hand quilted-look running stich" may actually be made up of 3 or 4 tiny stitches with the bobbin thread drawn up to the top of the quilt, giving the illusion of a single hand stitch from a distance. The "underside hand quilted" stitch may be one or possibly several smaller stitches with the bobbin thread staying on the bottom of the work.

I agree that I wouldn't want to do an entire quilt with this type of stitch, but some of the stitches available are more decorative than the progammed stitch pattern that looks like a running stitch. The decorative quilt stitches might be nice for accent quilting.

I agree that you want to test this out on any machine you are considering for purchase. Bring a test quilt sandwich, with type of batting you like to use, with you when you shop.

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Date: 5/18/09 6:03 PM

As an add on to cm sews.all her info plus you will have to tighten the top tension (to about 6) depending on the machine to get the best looking faux hand stitch.On my machines i did a whole lot of samples changing the tension a little at a time until it looked right.

I agree with the others and say it is a purely decorative stitch best used for small projects,not on something you might want to hand down to the next generation.

This is only my opinion,test it out see how you like it

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Subject: Singers hand-look quilt stitch feature on some models Date: 5/18/09 8:10 PM

Ah ha! Now I get it, invisible thread is part of the illusion. Chicanery.
It's good to know that I don't need something that I think I do. Thank you sewing scholars.

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