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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Help!!! Tapering Function ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Help!!! Tapering Function
... when do I start tapering at end of seam???
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Date: 6/17/13 10:48 PM

I have a tapering function on my Pfaff QE4 and I am hoping that others have it and have mastered it.

It is real easy to set up. When you want the taper to start for the end of the seam, you hit the reverse button. The machine will then taper it to the angle selected.

I have been trying to learn how to do this for a 45 degree angle (using a honeycomb stitch around a square) and I can't figure out when to hit the reverse function so it lines up neatly - especially that last join. As usual, the manual does not explain this.

Anyone used this function and can explain or offer any suggestions? Appreciate any help that you can provide.

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Date: 6/18/13 7:58 AM

This is interesting question I have wondered about also. Wondering if one would mark all corners the exact distance to start the taper...1/2" or whatever it may be...then as soon as the needle strikes that mark, select the tapering function?

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Date: 6/18/13 9:34 AM

I would try marking it the distance you choose for the width of the honeycomb. If an exact 45 degree the width should be the distance you start a taper.... in my mind.
So if it is 9mm width the distance to start the taper should also be 9mm.

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Date: 6/18/13 10:08 AM

This is one of those things I just play around with.There really isn't a "set" way to do this that they would even be able to put in the instruction manual. After you use it for a while you just get the hang of it.

I don't have the patience to measure things and then mark them, but if that's the way you want to do it, then set the machine to the taper you want, then stitch it out on a scrap then you can measure it to know how to mark your fabric.

I am terribly impatient and tend to just jump right into experimenting on the project I want to use it on. I have yet to make a practice piece first, so you can always tell the first few attempts compared to the later versions where I finally got better at it.

I am at the place in my sewing life right now where enjoying the process is what matters most to me, vs the must meet deadline time I just ended. So I don't mind having some less than perfect stitching on a project. The overall effect is rarely diminished because of them!

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Date: 6/18/13 10:40 AM

With the Pfaff Creative Performance, you can change the taper angles, as well as combine the taper with the patchwork program.

This means the machine will sew and taper exactly the same length and number of stitches for each side.

Cat, page 4:13 of your PCP manual explains it.

Does the QE4 have the patchwork program? If so, it should work in the same way.

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Date: 6/18/13 10:50 AM

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With the Pfaff Creative Performance, you can change the taper angles, as well as combine the taper with the patchwork program.



This means the machine will sew and taper exactly the same length and number of stitches for each side.



Cat, page 4:13 of your PCP manual explains it.



Does the QE4 have the patchwork program? If so, it should work in the same way.

I have seen that feature but so far have not had a reason to try it!

My tapers have all been on curvy appliques and it's easier for me to just eyeball it.

This DID just give me an idea for a quilt top I have sitting on a shelf just waiting to be quilted.......Thanks Lynn!

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Date: 6/18/13 11:25 AM

No - it doesn't have the patchwork program like the Pfaff CP. That would be a wonderful feature! I do have a few options for the angles (30 and 60 - maybe a few more). I just have been tinkering with a 45 degree angle to try and get the hang of it.

I have tried measuring the distance it takes to taper down to a point (start to the point) and mark that on my square. It sort of works. The hard part is determining when the machine wants to start the taper.

All I could find on the various Pfaff resources I looked at is that it stitches one final row (of honeycomb in my case) and then starts.

I think you are all right - trial and error and don't give up. On the positive side - what a great use for all those little scraps that would otherwise just sit in my stash!

Thanks.

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Date: 6/18/13 11:30 AM

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This is interesting question I have wondered about also. Wondering if one would mark all corners the exact distance to start the taper...1/2" or whatever it may be...then as soon as the needle strikes that mark, select the tapering function?

Yes...exactly!! That seems to work best. It is sometimes hard to see the marks depending on the foot used.

I even hate to think about this... but... it works best for the honeycomb stitch. I wonder about other stitches that doesn't have the "row" feature of the honeycomb.

I see more experimenting in my future.

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Date: 6/18/13 12:24 PM

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Yes...exactly!! That seems to work best. It is sometimes hard to see the marks depending on the foot used.



I even hate to think about this... but... it works best for the honeycomb stitch. I wonder about other stitches that doesn't have the "row" feature of the honeycomb.



I see more experimenting in my future.

I use it mostly with the satin applique stitch, but I am about to experiment using it on a different stitch for quilting!

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Date: 6/18/13 3:47 PM

Quilting is what I want to use it for. I attached this small white ribbon - about 6mm - around the picture on this panel and it needs something - it is just too stark.

Also, using a decorative stitch will help keep the ribbon attached.

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