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Message Board > Quilters' Corner > Straight-stitch plate: friend or foe? ( Moderated by Sharon1952)

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Straight-stitch plate: friend or foe?
Is a straight-stitch plate really worth it?
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Date: 4/28/13 11:35 PM

My Janome MC6600 and I are getting along swimmingly, except that sometimes when I'm using the 1/4" foot, the fabric gets snagged down in the throat plate.

Is a straight-stitch plate the magical solution to my (admittedly minor) woes? Worth buying another piece, worth the trouble of changing plates? (My machine, alas, does not have the one-step plate removal that you see on newer machines. It's got two screws.) About 90% of what I do is straight stitching, but I'm likely to use this plate only with my 1/4" foot in order to avert disaster.

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Date: 4/29/13 0:29 AM

I don't have the same machine, but my machine with 9mm throatplate has much more of this problem than my 5mm. I use the straight stitch plate on it most of the time, and when I switch I use the one with the narrowest width I need.

If the fabric is getting pulled down at the beginning or end of piecing, you might try starting and ending your piecing by stitching onto a scrap.

For piecing, I also like a microtex needle and very fine thread. I'm not sure if that makes a difference with the fabric getting pulled into the stitch plate.

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Date: 4/29/13 0:32 AM

I would think that the single hole stitch plate should help with the problem. I am unable to find a single throat plate for my Baby Lock Decorators Choice. I would love to find one.

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Date: 4/29/13 0:33 AM

I have a Janome 4900. I bought the straight stitch plate and am happy with it.

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Date: 4/29/13 10:37 AM

The single-hole needle plate, aka straight stitch plate, is the first extra I have bought for my recent machines. It is so much better for piecing quilts, as well as some other sewing (such as finer fabrics). I put a sticky on the machine so that I do not move the needle when the straight stitch plate is in place.

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Date: 4/29/13 10:59 AM

If I didn't have so many other machines that have a straight stitch plate, I'd get one for my Janome 6500. I've found that I can start on the edge of fabric when I use one, instead of having the machine eat it.

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Date: 4/29/13 11:13 AM

Quote: quathy
I don't have the same machine, but my machine with 9mm throatplate has much more of this problem than my 5mm.

This has been exactly my experience as well.. I like the SS plate for piecing, but don't use it for anything else.
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Date: 4/29/13 11:26 AM

If you can afford and have room for a vintage straight stitch machine I would get one. I found changing throat plates with a screwdriver quite cumbersome. Plus I could not change the needle position- it only works on center.

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Date: 4/29/13 11:28 AM

I've read, I think in Carol Ahles book "Fine Machine Sewing" that you can try taping an index card over the regular stitch plate, sew through it, and use that in place of a straight stitch plate. worth a try....

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Date: 4/29/13 11:28 AM

You could use a regular presser foot and move the needle to get your 1/4" seam.

That way the fabric is at the edge,more to the right, covering the feed dogs instead of moved over to the left to use the 1/4" foot.

I never use a 1/4" foot for piecing.

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