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The fabric, top and bottom, are fed only by the feed dogs under the needle plate. Over such a long sew, the friction of the presser foot, minimal as it is, will ****** the feed of the upper material while the bottom layer has the positive feed from the feed dog. Also, the friction between the two layers of material will not be enough to prevent a little slippage, exaggerated over the entire length of the work piece. Hence the difference at the end of the job.

Posted on Mar 17, 2011

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    Hans Pearson Mar 18, 2011

    Just as an afterthought, there is no shame in pinning the two layers of fabric together prior to making your run, and then pulling out the pins as you go along. This is useful for odd shape sewing as well, just remember, pins and sewing machine needles do not get on well together.

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If you take a look at this website you'll see the different feet for some makes
http://www.sewingpartsonline.com/sewing-machine-presser-feet.aspx

I assume you mean what are the different feet used for?
General purpose foot will have room for the needle to swing through wide stitches, but enough foot to hold the fabric and move it through against the feed dogs. This is the one you use most.
A straight stitch foot will have a little hole so that the needle only goes through a small area and the fabric can't move to give a neat plain straight stitch.
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