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Do you let your machine do it for you?

New postby lendube on Thu Jun 07, 2012 2:01 pm

I use the blue painter's tape to extend the measurements given on the throat plate of the machine. Here for instance, I needed to make the casings on the curtains (10 of them) 1 1/2 inches wide. I could have done it with a yardstick and drawn out the line or used pins but this is sooooooooooooooo much easier. Just go from where you want the needle to hit to where the edge of the fabric hits. Place your tape. It's a handy way to do lots of straight line sewing that's not close to the edge.

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Re: Do you let your machine do it for you?

New postby Bama on Thu Jun 07, 2012 3:17 pm

Great idea Lennie. :applause: I've always used Post It notes. Painter's tape is much better!
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Re: Do you let your machine do it for you?

New postby kjh9835 on Thu Jun 07, 2012 4:17 pm

I've also used painters tape since some of the throat plates on my machines don't have any markings at all. When doing 1/4" seam allowances on quilting, I use moleskin as it gives me an "edge" to run my fabric against and the seams are usually small in length so I don't need to run a strip from the whole front-to-back of the machine.

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New postby bridesmom on Thu Jun 07, 2012 5:39 pm

I do that too and also do that on my coverstitch machine so I can figure out where the stitches should go underneath. The post it notes kept falling off! It's a great tip.
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Re: Do you let your machine do it for you?

New postby lendube on Thu Jun 07, 2012 8:23 pm

Oh, I like the moleskin idea. Thanks for that. Happen to have some around. Just noticed yesterday.

Also, before I made my used needle book I used to keep a strip of the tape on my machine with the type of the needle I was using. I'll still do it with a new needle.
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Re: Do you let your machine do it for you?

New postby HeyJudee on Fri Jun 08, 2012 8:16 am

I use the green painter's tape too. Just last night I was looking at pics I took a while ago and saw this pic where I used painters tape to attach my Angler2 gadget to the bed of my machine. I use it to sew HSTs without having to mark a diagonal line. But I find the gadget isn't long enough to easily line up large squares so I use painters tape to extend the line so that I can use it to line up and sew larger squares.

BTW, for those who don't know what an Angler2 is, here's a video about it... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAg-VspwsQw

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New postby DorothyL on Fri Jun 08, 2012 8:56 am

i usually eyeball it. Kinda dumb, huh?

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New postby HeyJudee on Fri Jun 08, 2012 8:59 am

DorothyL wrote:i usually eyeball it. Kinda dumb, huh?

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Great if you have a straight eyeball...LOL When there is a short distance, I usually eyeball too. But I'd definitely need something to line up for those longer distances.
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Re: Do you let your machine do it for you?

New postby bridesmom on Sat Jun 09, 2012 10:47 pm

I had one of those angler things and I couldn't get it to work for me, so I gave it away. I draw lines on my fabric from corner to corner, takes a bit longer, but it works.
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Re: Do you let your machine do it for you?

New postby temom on Sun Jun 10, 2012 2:23 pm

I use painters tape also. I seem to remember something about moleskin being for your foot or something. Is that correct? Where does one buy moleskin?
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