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Kee (Bernina 750) and a 1/16" seam width
aka The Case FOR 9mm Machines
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Date: 3/24/13 7:19 PM

So I hear tell some people are concerned that 9mm machines can't do narrow seams. Kee, my B750, took exception to this, although my other 9mm machine, Panzy (Pfaff Creative Performance) just snickered, he having already proven his ability.

Here is Kee doing his stuff; note no dual feed is engaged, just regular zigzag foot with the regular zigzag needleplate;

How narrow do you wanna get?






As some of you know, Kee still has a bobbin tension issue, so please excuse his less than perfect straight stitching; but stitching narrow seams? Absolutely no problem whatsoever. No pulling to either side and just a fingertip used to guide the fabric.






What...you want REALLY narrow?



If you are thinking about a 9mm machine, but worried over whether you can do a narrow seam on one...yes you sure can.

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And Baby (Enlighten serger), Victor (BLCS), Rupert (Pfaff 2023-knits expert) Ash (B350SE-Artwork), Kee (B750QEE-Panzy's BFF), Georgie (B560-Kee's baby sister) and the Feather-Flock!

Most of all, I heart Woo (HimmyCat). Until we meet again, my beautiful little boy. I love you.

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Date: 3/24/13 7:45 PM

You're a better man than I am, Charlie Brown. My 830LE will definitely sew a narrow seam, but at the end of the seam the fabric pulls and NEVER ends with a perfectly straight seam. My Juki straight stitch machine, however, does not have this issue, which is why it's my go-to machine for piecing.

Edited to add that a recent instructor advised our class (there were several of us with 9mm machines having this problem) to use a stiletto or similar tool to hold onto the fabric at the end of the seam to try to keep it straight. I'll just use my Juki, thank you very much.
-- Edited on 3/24/13 7:51 PM --

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Date: 3/24/13 7:48 PM

Great shots! Glad you are showing this. I hardly EVER have had a problem with fabric going down the throat plate either. Maybe once in a great while, if the needle is dull.

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Date: 3/24/13 7:53 PM

Having the fabric being sucked into the stitch plate has never been my problem, as I use a straight stitch plate when piecing.

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Date: 3/24/13 7:58 PM

Boy that's good to know & the pictures are GREAT. THanks.

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Date: 3/24/13 8:02 PM

No pulling away at the end on Kee (or Panzy), and no idea why yours does.

Although I wonder...I'm right-handed, but I always guide fabric with my left hand's pointy-finger. Maybe the guiding with the left hand is why my fabric never pulls to the left? I'll have to try it with my right hand, and see if that makes a difference.

SS, do you guide with your right or your left hand?

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And Baby (Enlighten serger), Victor (BLCS), Rupert (Pfaff 2023-knits expert) Ash (B350SE-Artwork), Kee (B750QEE-Panzy's BFF), Georgie (B560-Kee's baby sister) and the Feather-Flock!

Most of all, I heart Woo (HimmyCat). Until we meet again, my beautiful little boy. I love you.

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Date: 3/24/13 8:17 PM

Thanks for posting this! I am another one who has never experienced a problem with narrow seams on the 9mm. Sewed quite a few tiny baby clothes with my 200. As well as free standing lace embroidery Barby clothes. Stitched those things up without a problem. I do generally use the straight stitch plate - or the 5.5mm plate I had for my 730. I am currently embarking on a project of American girl doll clothes and using my 820.

I love my 9mm machines and if I only had one machine, it would be a 9mm. I would not worry about the ability to piece, or sew small seams. The only time I have had the pulling away, it was corrected by loosening the foot pressure. And truthfully, I guide my fabric the same on my 5.5mm machine.

I do think that small seams are somewhat easier on the narrower feed dogs at corners and such. But not enough to make me use that machine over the 9mm. We will see if I feel differently after this large doll clothing project.

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Date: 3/24/13 9:45 PM

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No pulling away at the end on Kee (or Panzy), and no idea why yours does.


According to the instructor teaching the 2-day class I took last week, sewing a straight, consistent 1/4" seam on a 9mm machine is "tricky" -- her word, not mine. Maybe I'm just not holding my mouth right.

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Date: 3/24/13 9:57 PM

Impressive. Simply impressive.

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Date: 3/24/13 9:58 PM

LynnRowe! This is FANTASTIC!!! I am so happy to see this excellent documentation that 7 Series 9mm machines rock at tiny seam allowances.

Have you used the 37d foot for 1/4 seams?
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