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Posted on: 4/12/10 3:41 PM
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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

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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.
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