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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Is there a standard default stitch length on computerized machines? ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Is there a standard default stitch length on computerized machines?
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Date: 5/5/12 11:06 AM

I'm used to sewing on older mechanical machines, but needed a lightweight portable while away from home. I purchased a computerized Janome 8050. After a few months of sewing with it, I still cannot get used to the fact that every time it's turned off the stitch length reverts back to 2.2. Putting any special fabric requirements aside for the moment, visually I'm used to around (at least) a 3.5 stitch length for standard seams and topstitching.

Always anxious to get to the sewing, and having been trained to instinctively turn off the machine when stepping away to press, etc., Iím doing an awful lot of seam ripping these days Ė of tiny stitches no less! Itís driving me crazy! I realize of course that I just have to retrain myself to let the electricity flow (and possibly burn out the bulb after so many on hours!).

Iím curious, however, whether 2.2 is the standard on other Janomes and/or computerized machines in general. I'm enjoying most of the other computerized features, but should I ever 'upgrade' my heavier duty machines to a computerized one, without an opportunity to test drive at a dealer, will I find the standard default stitch length similar? Unfortunately, while the stitch range is often available in specs, I don't think the default setting is provided.

Thanks for reading!

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Date: 5/5/12 11:41 AM

My bernina B330 defaults to around 2.4 to 2.5mm. I measured it at 12 stitches to the inch, or closer to 2 mm. Go figure.

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Date: 5/5/12 11:48 AM

My Brother defaults to 2.5. I also prefer a 3.0 or 3.5 which is much easier to rip out should the occasion arise (and it often does).

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Date: 5/5/12 12:17 PM

Some brands have models that let you save a preferred stitch, needle position or stitch combinations.

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Date: 5/5/12 12:51 PM

I have the 8050, and it is right next to me right now. So I checked and yes, 2.2 is the default. I rather like that stitch length! It looks really nice. I do have a 30 wt. C&C cotton machine quilting thread on top and a Masterpiece bobbin on the bottom, and it looks fabulous. You do get used to it - my Viking has a small default as well, Takes one second to set the stitch a bit longer too if you wish.

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Date: 5/5/12 1:07 PM

Good to know - I'll look for that feature next time!

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Date: 5/5/12 1:17 PM

Thank you for the responses. It sounds like the 'standard' likely is in a 2 range. I think I'll go check out some RTW things in my closet out of curiosity. (Not that our garments have to look like those! Mine probably haven't!)

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Date: 5/5/12 1:53 PM

My Brother default is 2.5. When sewing seams that may get ripped (I've been working on pants) I sew at 3.5 and drop the tension down a notch. Then the bobbin thread slides out without too much effort. But, I resew those seams if I am actually going to wear the pants!

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Date: 5/5/12 4:12 PM

Yes when electronic like that, they always have to at least come up at something, when you first tun a machine on. And they just pick what ever they like each time (and different ones are different) as the default. But you can still always change your stitch length too. In some you could even change it, save into memory or such and even make it your new default stitch length. But you have to have that built into a machine to be able to do it that way. Maybe check your book and see if you got something like that. I think on most of my machines default when a machine just turned on is ranging from about 2. mm to 2.5, and not really all just the same at all either.

2.mm is kind of small for me for somethings too, so I actually prefer closer to 2.5 unless fabric is really thin and using extra thin thread and needles. And that is more easy to pick out later if you have to!

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Date: 5/5/12 6:26 PM

My Janome defaults to 2.2 mm. It's a fairly small stitch and I usually move it up to between 2.6 and 3.0.

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