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Help with straight lines
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Date: 2/15/13 6:20 PM

Is there some trick to getting my lines to go straight when sewing. Or do I just need more practice? It seems like I gradually increase the seam allowance from 5/8 to 1, to more...and more.

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Date: 2/15/13 6:31 PM

Sew very slowly. Try a piece of tape or stack of post it notes to align the seam with. A new seam ripper is also helpful. Uh, can you tell I have this issue too?

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Date: 2/15/13 7:10 PM

I bought a little magnet at Hancock's for a couple bucks. It has a long edge that you put at your seam allowance. The you just keep the fabric butted up to the magnet.

However, it's really just as easy to go slow and follow the line on the plate of your sewing machine.

What I can't figure out is how to have a straight seam allowance with a Serger. I have a Viking 931 I haven't used yet because I can't figure out how to make accurate seams.

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Date: 2/15/13 7:15 PM

Try sewing a piece of lined notebook paper...without thread...Once you start, let go of the paper and see if your machine pull towards the left or the right...
Most of my machines seem to pull towards the left and now I automatically compensate for this..I'm beginning to think it's characteristic of the brand..but it is too bad, you can have feed dogs adjusted.

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Date: 2/15/13 7:21 PM

Use your left hand to steady the fabric as it feeds through the stitching process.

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Date: 2/15/13 7:40 PM

this is a hard one for me. Sometimes I use a ruler and chalk or washable marker to mark the line where I want to sew. It's easier for me if I can see exactly where I should be going.

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Date: 2/15/13 7:51 PM

Don't watch the needle. As per the other advice given, use something to line up the edge of the fabric and keep your eye on that to keep your seam straight.

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Date: 2/15/13 11:02 PM

Try a screw-down seam guide, but be prepared to pivot, even raising the presser foot if needed, when sewing curves on many machines.

Be sure it's not the fault of your machine. Cut some 4-10" long by 1-4" wide rectangles and see how they feed "hands-off". Try adjusting the foot pressure, make sure the feed dogs aren't packed with lint, but then if the feed is wonky, take it in for service.

I sewed with a Singer 9410 for 20+ years, constantly struggling to keep topstitching straight. I thought it was my deficiencies. I got a new machine, and presto! Instant improvement. Doesn't have to be an expensive machine, either.

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Date: 2/15/13 11:15 PM

Are you sewing on the freearm, or do you have a sewing table?

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Date: 2/15/13 11:17 PM

My dd's sewing teacher has her use painter's tape to help her sew a straight stitch. I have even started using it.Especially when using other SA than 5/8.
You will get there. Don't give up!

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