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Posted by: Janie Viers
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Posted on: 2/9/05 9:20 AM
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My ZZ machines are fritzing, so I switched to a semi industrial straight stitch machine. I was doing top stitching and realized that it was much easier to keep the lines straight with the straight stitch foot and straight stitch throat plate.

I tried my limping ZZ machine out with the straight stitch foot and throat plate and darn if it didn't work better on the ZZ machine too! So, if you are having trouble edge stitching, stitching in the ditch or other fine straight stitch applications, try switching the feet and throat plate! (the straight stitch throat plate has only a tiny hole for the needle as it doesn't have to allow for the needle to move left or right.) WARNING WARNING if you do have a ZZ machine remember not to put the machine on ZZ until you change the foot and throat plate. You will not totally ruin your machine, but that needle sure will break!

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Cloud9 said... (5/11/05 1:50 AM) Reply
Janie, I complained about my stitch quality for years with my TOL ZZ Berninas(2), Designer 1 Viking, and IDS Pfaff dealers. The tech and sales people just schrugged their shoulders and bring the machines for an adjustment. I got no results. Then I bought out my trusty straight stitch Singer Featherweight from the depths of my closest and now find myself using it with micro needles for all my top stitching and straight seams--darts included. I still never figured it out about the SS throat plate and foot until reading your tip, Janie. SILLY ME! I've gotten quite content with my featherweight Singer 221 and Baby Lock Imagine to do whatever I need. Someday, I'll haul out my embroidery/ZZ machine and get back into some deco sewing.
Pat K said... (2/11/05 11:00 AM) Reply
I have been a convert to the straight stitch throat plate and foot for many years. No more puckered seams in my linings! I have to admit I have broken a few needles when I forgot to change the throat plate, but on the whole these are two of my favourite sewing machine accessories!
SewVeryTall said... (2/10/05 8:21 AM) Reply
It surely does help. I put a piece of masking tape over the zigzag adjustment so I can't forget to switch the plate and foot.
Ann B. said... (2/10/05 7:34 AM) Reply
Thanks for the review Janie. Great minds think alike. I was just, and I mean just going to review this. Maybe I should put my review over in the notions review. Cynthia Guffey suggested this foot and plate in one of her seminars I heard last year. Lining fabric has always been my nemesis, so I took this system out. What a difference. I am inclined to leave it on my machine full time, changing it only for ziz zag stitching, it works so well. In addition to making nice topstitching, thin fabrics don't get eaten by the throat plate.
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