31 Jan 2011

Futile Attempts

Ok, here is the problem. I am still trying to get used to my sewing machine. Man, they are complicated. And all the ironing I have to do now, never had to when sewing by hand. But I am getting there.

Tried making a purse yesterday and failed. Tried again today and it looks much better.

Here is the failed attempt (I'll show you the semi-successful one another day)

Now a few questions for you experienced sewists.

- Do I have to backstitch all the time? Or how do I make sure the seam doesn't come apart? I want to try some strip piecing and am worried the seams won't hold when I cut the blocks.

- Am thinking of getting a walking foot. Can I use it for piecing and normal sewing too or do I have to change feet all the time?

Will have more questions when they occur to me. Any advice is welcome.

Love, Nadine


  1. Hi
    those machines can be tricky. For pieceing just set your stitch length a bit shorter...then you don't have to back stitch and things will hold together just fine. When I am joining long rows of blocks I back stitch at the beginning and the end of the row just to be safe. I don't care for pieceing with a walking foot because they are a bit cumbersome. I always use a walking foot for the quilting and for putting on the binding. Hope that helps.

  2. I agree with the previous post. Short stitch length (2-2.5) If the last stich on the block is going to be in the seam of something else, I don't backstitch. If it's at the edge of the quilt, or you're going to fuss with it a lot, then a back stitch might be helpful. Although I've been known to do a few inches of regular sewing with the walking foot, mine is not marked for 1/4" so the seam width varies too much.

    Now that you've fought with the machine, you can see why I'm back to doing hand piecing ;)

  3. It looks like you just sewed too close to the edge? sewing over zippers is always fun. You'll get it.

    I don't have too much problem with pieces coming apart...and sometimes I trim off the backstitch anyway. I say a walking foot is nice for thick layers, but I really like the 1/4" foot...it keeps my sewing seams for quilts super easy!


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