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Posted on: 1/16/03 7:48 PM
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I don't know how useful this tip'll be, but when my son was doing some sewing this past month, it was a big "AHA" moment for him when I told him about it. Hopefully it'll help someone else.

If you look at your presser foot, there is a marking on the center front that shows where the needle will sew. Match this marking with the line you want to sew on.

If you're appliqueing something, this is where the center of your stitches will be. Match this point to just inside the edge of the fabric patch.

Just don't watch the needle to sew straight. Use the guide lines on the throatplate or the presser foot.

Hope that helps!


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lornakismet said... (4/30/06 11:25 PM) Reply
This is so helpful. I wish I had such advice when I was sewing in my teens and 20's. -LornaKismet (Lorna A.)
Diana M said... (5/10/04 5:56 PM) Reply
I didn't realize just HOW helpful this tip is until I remembered it and used it at the machine -- had to come back and post! Thank you.
kerina said... (1/30/03 9:51 AM) Reply
I never new that little mark on the pressure foot was for anything. Thanks for the tip!
AnneM said... (1/24/03 3:59 PM) Reply
I had this AHA moment with my serger when someone mentioned guidelines on the foot. I had not previously noticed them.
alex said... (1/19/03 12:05 PM) Reply
Hi Dale, I think this is a great hint that those of us who have been sewing for awhile don't think of. On another board, the question of how to sew straight has come up at least twice since the fall.
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