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How to adjust machine for basting stitch

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Basting stitch is the longest or second longest stitch available in the straight stitch menu. The choice is yours.

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Is the Kenmore sewing machine 15343 able to do a baste stitch? If so, how?


A baste stitch is basically setting the machine to a straight stitch with the longest stitch length available. Loosen the top tension slightly if you want to remove the basting later.

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What are the correct settings for basteing on an elna excellence 730


Here's a manual for your machine:

ELNA eXcellence 730 Instruction Manual

If your machine does not have a "basting" stitch selection, you make your own basting stitch by:

* Setting the stitch length to the maximum
* Loosen the upper tension so the bobbin thread lies flat under the fabric

Then to gather or remove the basting stitch, it is easy to pull on the bobbin thread.

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How do I set the machine to do a basting stich


if the machine can do a basting stitch the information should be in the sewing machine manual, if you don't have a manual, add a comment with the name and model number of the machine and someone should be able to help you find one.

or you can also try youtube for a video

May 11, 2016 | Sewing Machines

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How can I do basting stitch for machine embroidery?


Some machines have a built-in basting stitch. If yours doesn't have it, the closest you can get is setting the stitch length to as long as possible. To make the basting stitch easy to remove, loosen the upper tension. Then to remove the thread, just grab the bobbin thread and pull.

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How can I adjust the stitch on my 50 year old Phaff sewing machine? Even when I set the stitch at 4 it's tight. 4 is definitely not a basting stitch! I have loosened the tension but it doesn't seem to...


Is 4 the highest number? If so, the steps you took were really all that you can do. Just a thought, how about using invisible thread (almost like a thin fishing line) for your top thread and regular thread in your bobbin? It may be easier to remove the stitches with the lighter thread. Good luck

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I have an elnita 255 and bought it brand new way back when...the problem I have is I can not get this machine to do a baste stitch. since I bought the machine new it has never done basting. Even when I...


The straight stitches can be shortened and lengthened utilizing the length selector. If you are attempting to do this with zigzag the stitch will be the same distance but the fabric will appear as if the material hardly moves. This will be changed by using a wide stitch. If you can't truly get a different stitch length on the straight stitch you may need the feed dog adjusted by a pro so that it will give you a longer stitch.

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I am wanting to set my machine (quilters dream 6603) for the best basting stitch I can. I am having trouble figuring out how to set the machine. Thanks.


I haven't been able to find a 6003 manual or a good image of the stitch range for this machine on line. However, a basting stitch might look like " . _____ . _____. " on your stitch selector. As your machine is targeted for quilters I'd have expected it to have a basting stitch in its range.

If there is nothing like that, then just dial up the longest possible straight stitch, ie take length up to 4 or 5, whatever the maximum number is. Then loosen off the top and bottom tensions and stitch away.

If you are using this to baste a quilt top, botton and batting together, I've discovered a product called "spray basting" which is fantastic and "glues" the layers together while you sew them. You need a big clear floorspace though and put paper down under the project. But it works great.

Trust this is of help to you.

Apr 12, 2011 | Elna Quilter's Dream 6003Q

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How to set to baste


You would select a straight stitch and adjust stitch length to maximum length. And turn down the tension a little.

The Swiss Elnas had a basting plate that you used on a big wide zigzag and it would "miss" hooking the top and bottom threads together on one side so you ended up with a long straight stitch but with plenty of looseness to the seam.

But I've always found a needle and thread by hand is most effective, especially when attaching interlining to a silky fabric or velvet. Machine stitching would creep, but hand sewing would lie flat.

Apr 04, 2011 | Elna 2007 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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