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KathyColorado posted on Sat, Oct 22 2011 1:30 PM

I have a row of flying geese sewn together and now I'm trying to sew it to a single strip.  When I get to the seams (5 layers of fabric) my stitch gets smaller and I can't get a straight seam.   While sewing on the side with all the seams does work the best, it's still not good.  Any help would be sooooo appreciated. 

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Marie replied on Sat, Oct 22 2011 1:40 PM

That happens to me once in awhile and I found that if I slowed down before going over those seams helped a lot.  Hope this helps.

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Carey replied on Sat, Oct 22 2011 1:50 PM

I sometimes slow down at them like suggested lift the foot up and back stitch after i do a few stitches after it.

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I have had this problem tons of time.  If your machine allows you to change the tension on your presser foot lighten the pressure and it will help.

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Sometimes I find if I put a little pressure on the fabric (I generaly let it flow with no manual tension just light guidance) when it goes over a thicker spot,  it keeps it on the straight and narrow.  my machine has a tendancy to dog track and I have never bothered to have it checked, mostly because I forget when I have it in for service.

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gini replied on Sat, Oct 22 2011 4:40 PM

my machine has a gadget that you put behind/under the back of  the foot that raises the entire foot just a little so it goes over those thick seams straight on and not at an angle.  it's like a big plastic fork with two enormous tines

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Thank you all for your help!  It's looking better now. 

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gini:

my machine has a gadget that you put behind/under the back of  the foot that raises the entire foot just a little so it goes over those thick seams straight on and not at an angle.  it's like a big plastic fork with two enormous tines

 

I think I have one on my Janome but I didn't know what it was for or how to use it. My book calls it a dual feed pressure foot, I think.   I guess I need to check into it.  Thanks gini.

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Hi 1grshopper,

I have found that if I stop about an inch away from the junction of all those seams, needle down and lift my presser foot and add a piece of folded fabric equal to what I want to stitch over, My machine will stitch smoothly over it.  I hope that made sense, if you need me to rephrase please post again!

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Judy Lee:

Hi 1grshopper,

I have found that if I stop about an inch away from the junction of all those seams, needle down and lift my presser foot and add a piece of folded fabric equal to what I want to stitch over, My machine will stitch smoothly over it.  I hope that made sense, if you need me to rephrase please post again!

Judylee

I'll have to give this a try.  It sounds like it will work.  Thanks Judylee!

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gini:

my machine has a gadget that you put behind/under the back of  the foot that raises the entire foot just a little so it goes over those thick seams straight on and not at an angle.  it's like a big plastic fork with two enormous tines

 

The only thing I've ever heard that called was a "hump jumper."  I have used that a lot and it works really well, actually. As the fabric feeds through, it pushes the jumper out from under the foot so don't forget to catch it!  ;-)

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Ramona replied on Sun, Oct 23 2011 6:01 PM

1gr8shopper,

http://www.nancysnotions.com/product/jean-a-ma-jig+1+pkg.do

This is what I've used but I have only used it for jeans. Have you considered pressing your seams open to reduce the bulk since your machine doesn't seem to like them. I do that on a lot of projects when bulk seams are involved.

By the way...I absolutely LOVE your fabric choices.

 

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