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Hi everyone! I just bought another sewing machine which has a good number of decorative stitches as well as the usual utility. I’ve not used a computerised machine before so still learning. My question is how do I stop the fabric from tunnelling when I sew zig zag and some of the decorative stitches. I know this can happen on zig zag stitching, although it has never happened to me, but it seems to be happening with any stitch that involves some form of satin stitch. Thanks x


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    Sep 8, 2013, 12.13 AMby katexxxxxx

    First thing is to adjust the tension and the foot pressure to suit the stitch pattern, and make sure you have the correct foot on the machine. For some stitch patterns, particularly decorative ones, you need to support the fabric with embroidery stabilizer for the best results. if you don’t want the added stiffness this gives the finished pattern, experiment with those that can be steamed or washed away.

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    Sep 8, 2013, 10.57 AMby sleepy-dumpling

    Thanks Kate. I’ve tried adjusting the tension both upper and lower but this has not helped. I followed the manual instructions for testing tension using zigzag stitch but the zigzag is shocking! It’s a second hand machine and I’m now wondering if this is a permanent problem. The presser foot is correct but I haven’t tried foot pressure. I’ll give it a whirl.

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      Sep 8, 2013, 03.13 PMby sleepy-dumpling

      Update- the stitches are working perfectly on a double layer of fabric which is fine for embroidery stitches as I can use a stabiliser, not so great for zigzag and edge finishing stitches on a single layer.

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    Sep 8, 2013, 07.54 PMby katexxxxxx

    Single layer zigzagging along an edge will always be problematic. Try an over-edge foot, or use a three-step zz if you heve one.

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