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mylittlenuggets
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Date: 1/14/13 1:07 PM

Hi everyone! I finally graduated to a fancy machine, the opal 650. I LOOOOOVE it. However, I can't figure out what the actual seam allowance markings are on the stitch plate.

It's 10 (15), 20 (35), 30 (35), 40. I googled and if it's in MM, 10 should be the 3/8", but that doesn't make sense, it should be a 1/4, right? PLEASE help.

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Date: 1/14/13 1:23 PM

I've never sewn with a Husqvarva, but it makes sense to me that a European brand would mark the stitch plate in millimeters and not inches. If in doubt, just measure the distance with a tape measure. (I'd sew the seam, using the marking on the plate, then measur from the stitch, rather than try to measure from the needle to the marking).

If it turns out to be mm and you want the markings in inches (in eighths), you can buy decals with eighth-inch markings designed for sewing machines.

Hope this helps.

ETA: and congratulations on your new machine!
-- Edited on 1/14/13 1:24 PM --

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Date: 1/14/13 1:29 PM

Scrolling down the message board I just saw this thread, which lists a couple of good ways to make your own seam guide.

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Date: 1/14/13 1:30 PM

Is this addressed in the manual for your machine?

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Date: 1/14/13 2:26 PM

I was going to suggest that the best solution would be a new needle plate.
Stitch plate 1" markings

But then I realized that the default seam allowances are 5/8", 3/8", and 1/4", which aren't marked. Plus, it's straight stitch.

What was husqvarna thinking?

Though 15 mm is close enough to 5/8 and 25 mm is close enough to 1 inch.

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Date: 1/14/13 2:48 PM

By the way, sewing or seam gauge have a little hole at the zero (or the 1/8 inch) marking-- lower the needle through the hole,and you'll be able to see where the various inch markings should be.


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In reply to andye <<


Date: 1/14/13 4:26 PM

Wow, never knew what that little hole was for! Never even thought about it. Thanks for the information

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Date: 1/15/13 4:18 AM

When I got my BL Ellisimo i was totally confused looking at all those markings for inches and mm in needle left and center.
So I measured out 5/8 from the left needle and ran painters tape down that edge as a guide. I usually prefer the left- but whatever needle poistion is youe fall back just use it. Then the relationship of the other markings made sense.

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