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My machine is skipping stitches every half inch or so, on zigzag applique on cotton material. Any suggestions

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Sounds like t thred tension problem!

Posted on Dec 09, 2008

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Perhaps I'm not understanding your question. When doing applique, I use a very tight zigzag stitch with a satin stitch foot or open-toe embroidery foot (so the thickness of the stitches do not create buildup under the presser foot). Set the tension so the bobbin thread stays mostly under the fabric so the top thread is the only thread that shows on the top (sometimes threading the bobbin pigtail will help).

Fuse the cutout fabric to the backing fabric. Then zigzag so the raw edge of the fabric is covered by the zigzag (helps to use a thicker thread so the coverage is easier).

Some newer machines have the ability to miter corners. On my 930, I set the needle position to the outside of the raw edged. Then when I near the corner, I gently, but consistently, narrow the stitch width to an an outside point, since the needle on the outside edge, turn the fabric and gently, but consistently, widen the stitch to full width. This creates a nice mitered corner.

When making curves, stitch small lengths and then sink the needle on the outside of the curve, and gently turn the fabric to follow the curve and repeat while going around the curve.

https://books.google.com/books?id=MQneD8cQ5KAC&pg=PA13&lpg=PA13&dq=mitered+applique+corner&source=bl&ots=1sHsUrkVAz&sig=1WZ-i2-T3RtvUEW797sHxTKiq4E&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiaoZeiwunKAhVslYMKHewdDFEQ6AEIKzAC#v=onepage&q=mitered%20applique%20corner&f=false


How to Appliqu Like Pro Sew4Home (FWIW, IMHO, the satin stitch on the bird is really a poor example. The stitch is not very even at all--could be the sewing machine.)

How to Make and Apply Appliques (The giraffe is a better example, although choosing a simple design to applique usually yields better results.)

Practice, practice, practice!

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Unless you have and know how to use digitizing software, will you be able to add width to the satin stitches when doing applique. You need to cut the applique fabric larger than the cut-out-line so the applique fabric will held down properly. Some Commercial or higher end home embroidery machines can re-interpret the embroidery design and widen the satin stitches in a design without software. 6f3dbcfe-19c3-4021-b143-de10c9a89868.jpg

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This depends entirely on your model of machine and the kinds of stitches it is designed to make. Not all machines will make the kind of stitch you describe. My machine has a buttonhole stitch, but with slanted bars, and it really doesn't give the right look.

Check your machine manual and look for a stitch that gives you the look you want--you might have a "blanket stitch" option. If your machine doesn't offer a buttonhole or blanket stitch that gives you the look you want, you may want do use a narrow zigzag satin-stitch. You can also do a straight stitch very close to the raw edge of a fused applique but it won't look as tidy.

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