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Message Board > Sewing Machines > What's the difference in the stitches? ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Date: 8/29/13 10:35 PM

Hey y'all! Hope everyone is doing great! Thanks you all for providing such wonderful experiences and knowledge.

I have a question that's been bugging me and I'm hoping someone will be able to educate me. On machines such as the Ellegante, Viking Designer SE, Quattro, etc., what is the specific differences between the Utility, piecing and quilting stitches? I notice that the straight and zig zag stitches in the Utility category are also available as Quilting and Piecing stitches and also in the Character Stitches category. I can't really tell what the differences are. On my machine, the Brother Innov-is 5100, it seems that the settings are the same regardless of if it's called a regular utility stitch or labeled as a quilting or piecing stitch.

I'm so looking forward to the answer! Thanks everyone

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Date: 8/29/13 10:54 PM

On my Pfaff PCP, some of the "quilting" stitches are very heavy meaning the stiches stitch over each other to make it more pronounced. My daughter has a Designer Se and I will ask her to check what the differences are in hers. I will be interested to see what others say as well!

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Subject: Whats the difference in the stitches? Date: 8/30/13 0:00 AM

Maybe it's so you don't have to leave the (quilting/heirloom/utility) menu and hunt for a basic straight stitch?

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Subject: Whats the difference in the stitches? Date: 8/30/13 4:16 AM

I rarely go into Quilting menu but did try a zig zag quilting "appliqué" stitch the other day because the reverse was greyed out on the utility stitch that I would have preferred.
Anyway, when I tried to reverse to reinforce certain areas it would only stitch in place- it would not make the stitches go backward. So I had to turn the fabric under the needle a couple of times.
My utility zig-zag stitch goes backwards when I hit reverse.

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Subject: Whats the difference in the stitches? Date: 8/30/13 8:20 AM

I think there may be subtle differences in stitch length, tension. I have stitches that appear the same on my machine too, but I noticed sometimes the default settings are different.

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Date: 8/30/13 9:18 PM

a quilt piecing stitch is just a straight stitch with a small stitch length. instead of using the utility straight stitch and having to adjust(make smaller) the stitch length, you just press on the quilt straight stitch button and it's there. no stitch length adjusting necessary. a stretch stitch may sew a seam 3x without u having to sew one line, remove the fabric, sew another line next to the first, etc.. utility stitches are more for construction. quilting, more decorative.

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Date: 8/31/13 9:56 PM

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Maybe it's so you don't have to leave the (quilting/heirloom/utility) menu and hunt for a basic straight stitch?

I think this tends to be true for the brother babylocks, you have all your common quilting stitches in one place you don't have to look through all the garment stitches ans vice versa if you are a garment sewer you don't have to look through all the quilting stitches

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