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Moon stitches My grandmother gave me her old Kenmore and I remember as a child she used to let us do those funny moon stitches. I can see the setting for them on the machine, but, I cant figure out how to do it on the fabric. When I try it just comes out as a normal stitch, any ideas? Misty

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Make the stitch width wide and the stitch length very short. It will take a bit of practice with the widths and lengths but you will get it.
Good luck.

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