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If both tensions are balanced, but there is little or no tension and the stitch looks perfect, how is the seam compromised? I think I know the answer, the seam will separate and the thread will show, but I need some proof, other than me stitching a seam that way. I’ve looked for the answer on-line but other than saying, it’s not good, there’s no information, as to the damage to the integrity of the seam.


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    Jun 7, 2012, 03.13 AMby mlssfshn

    any takers?

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      Jun 18, 2012, 07.53 AMby katexxxxxx

      No, you are right, it just separates and shows the stitches. It does weaken the seam. But you do need to do this on some lighter or more delicate fabrics where there will be no tension on the seam, to avoid puckering.

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    Jun 20, 2012, 11.15 AMby mlssfshn

    I was taught the finer the fabric the finer the stitch length. So when sewing on chiffon or organza. I take my stitch length down between1-2 and haven’t had to loosen my thread to get a flat seam, pressing takes care of it.

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      Jun 20, 2012, 10.28 PMby katexxxxxx

      The thing about shortening the stitch length is that it often stiffens the seam. This is frequently undesirable in very soft, floaty fabrics. Better to use a finer needle and thread and a lighter touch on the presser foot and the tension. Or sew it by hand, the couture way. :)

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