SIGNUP - FREE Membership and 1 FREE Sewing Lesson
| FAQ | Login
Platinum Sponsor
Fabulous Fit
Fabulous Fit

Tips & Techniques > Understanding feed dogs and ease

Viewed 5843 times
Posted by: ryansmumAria

About ryansmumAria starstarstar
Member since: 7/29/05
Reviews: 135 (tips: 96)
Skill level:Advanced
Favored by: 32 people
Report a problem with this review
Posted on: 4/12/10 3:41 PM
Review Rating: Helpful by 4 people   Very Helpful by 18 people   
Margaret Islander, in her book. explains how the feed dogs affect ease and I thought I would pass this important info to you all...

"The lower layer of fabric is fed through at a faster rate than the top layer by approximately 1/4 inch every 9 inches although this varies amongst machines, presser foot and fabric type."

Doesn't this explain that perplexing mystery of why one end always ends up shorter than the other?!

"When possible, put the longest , the softest, the slipperiest, the most bias or the most difficult to handle on the bottom so the feed dogs help with job."

A good example of this----

"When sewing a shoulder seam, the back shoulder needs to be eased slightly to the the front shoulder (certainly not on all patterns). by putting the back shoulder agaist the feed dogs, aligning the ends of the seam, and holding as intructed, the feed dogs do the easing for you"

From Islander Sewing Systems book

<< Previous    Next >>

Add Tip/Technique    Read All Tip/Techniques

Login to Add a Comment    
moonthirty said... (1/30/11 7:41 PM) Reply
This helped me a ton with my project today! Thanks so much.
Annie- oh said... (4/16/10 11:58 AM) Reply
Yes to all, most helpful tip. And, JoanieJosh, thanks for your tip, too, about saving to a Word file!
Laurie Lou said... (4/13/10 1:37 PM) Reply
I hope I can remember this. It is a very good tip. Thanks.
sewknitful said... (4/13/10 11:11 AM) Reply
Another mystery solved! Thank you!
JoaniesJosh said... (4/13/10 10:45 AM) Reply
Ryansmum, You have the best tips. I always read your tips, and save them to a file in Word for reference. Thanks
SandiMacD said... (4/13/10 0:50 AM) Reply
Great insight, thanks for sharing "the why".
SewRaeMe said... (4/12/10 11:28 PM) Reply
Thanks for this tip. I will definitely make sure I try this next time.
adv. search»
pattern | machine | member
Online Class
Serging Ahead with your 5 Thread Serger
Serging Ahead with your 5 Thread Serger

Class Details

Online Class
Sewing with Slippery & Drapey Fabrics
Sewing with Slippery & Drapey Fabrics

Class Details

Paradiso Designs Kimono Jacket Formula Pattern

Paradiso Designs Kimono Jacket Formula Pattern

Pattern Details
You Sew Girl Mod Bag Pattern

You Sew Girl Mod Bag Pattern

Pattern Details

Conditions of Use | Posting Guidelines | Privacy Policy | Shipping Rates | Returns & Refunds | Contact Us | About | New To PR | Advertising

Copyright © 2016® , OSATech, Inc. All rights reserved.