My new throat plate

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I wrote a few weeks ago about doing a machine quilting demo for my
guild.  That made me realize that while I'm a competent machine quilter,
my skills haven't improved significantly since I learned how 10 years
ago.  My stitches are even enough but not perfect.  I've got some cool
ideas for designs, but I use the same ones over and over.  When a
guildmate asked about avoiding large stitches when making big loops
traveling from part of the quilt to another, I had to admit that I have
the same trouble.


I told everyone that Harriet Hargrave's book was the machine quilting
Bible, then realized that I hadn't looked at it in years.  I got the
basics from it, then never took it to the next level.  I started rereading.


And there in the first few pages is the advice to use a single stitch
throat plate.  It was like I'd never seen it before.  It turns out that
my Pfaff came with a throat plate that has a large enough hole in it to
accomodate a zigzag stitch, but better stitches can be made if you use a
throat plate that has a hole only large enough for the needle.  Switch
throat plates for zigzag; go back to the single stitch for piecing and
free motion quilting.


Funny how something like that can get a person so excited.  I ran to
Jim.  "I need a new throatplate."  This man knows me and didn't think my
request odd.  He asked if I'd scoped out where they could be bought and
how much they cost.  (In the $35 range depending on special ordering and
shipping.)  The local fabric store that carries Pfaffs said they'd have
to special order the one for my machine, so we got it from some guy on ebay.


I've been playing with it all yesterday afternoon.  I wouldn't say the
difference is amazing, but there does seem to be some improvement in the
evenness of my stitches, and that's what I was going for.  I'm very
pleased.  It's been a long time since I found a new toy that delighted
me as much as fabric.


--Lia


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Welcome to the wonderful world of single needle throat plates!  If you
have a straight stitch lock on your machine - make sure that it is
engaged while the throat plate is in place.  jennellh

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I've just glanced through my machine's manual, and I'm not sure that my
Pfaff 6122 has a straight stitch lock.  What would it look like if it
did?  It sounds handy.


We're already talking here about what it would take to make me remember
that the single stitch plate is in place.  I'm afraid that a few bad
experiences with broken needles might not do it for me.  I've got to
think of a system that will make me remember.  Maybe sticky tape over
the dial for zigzag?


Every quilt I make, there are a few times when I forget that the presser
foot lever is still up when I resume machine quilting.  This means a
mess of loopy threads on the back which I have to pick out.  It's not
the end of the world, but I always kick myself for not remembering.  Not
remembering the single stitch throat plate when zigzagging would be worse.


--Lia


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That's the reason I've never tried a straight stitch throat plate. I've
broken enough needles just forgetting to take off the quarter inch foot
before changing the needle position.  :(

Julia in MN
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I wondered why I had that throat plate with the tiny hole. Ok, I'm
going to try it, even if I do break needles. Question -- does anybody
know if the Pfaff 7570 has a single stitch lock and if so where I
would find it and what would it look like?? I have so much still to
learn about this machine. So far I have been completely unable to use
it for free motion quilting. I keep switching back to my Janome. But
my stitches on that are so far from even. It's embarrassing. So maybe
I'll try with the Pfaff and the little hole throat plate.

Sunny
Off to see the wizard

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Sunny...I have the 7550 but I think it is the same place on our machines
--that is IF I think I know what you mean !   Do you mean the stitch that
just sews a stitch forward then back and repeats that again ...using tiny
stitches
that you would use at the beginning of a seam?...If so...one of the four
pink rectangular
buttons on the front of the machine is your answer.  It is the one on the
farthest right
of those four buttons-lookes like two rows of stitching on the button.

If you mean just how to sew a straight stitch?  After  you turn on the
machine...
  the highlighted stitch that shows on the screen  ( highlighted in black
 ! )
is the straight stitch--just click OK to sew...you can actually sew straight
stitches
without clicking OK...but if you do click OK then you can change the length
of the
stitches and placement of the needle.
Hope this helps...Mary


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Besides marking the single needle throat plate w/ the sharpie....I oftn
leave my ZZ throat plate out where I can see it as another reminder just in
case I might try to ZZ.
 ( Don't ask why I need two reminders .)    Sometimes I've taken the single
plate out when
finished sewing
and just laid it on the sewing surface where it just says " something is
different here "
So, if the next thing I'll be sewing might be a ZZ type at least I won't be
breaking
a needle.   I've almost always left the ZZ plate in because of sewing
clothing for
so many years so I had to come up with some little memory joggers.
Especially helpful when  gds have been  sewing at the machine too.

Mary


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worse.


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I never bothered with a straight stitch plate on my old Pfaff, but when I
upgraded to a new one with a wider zigzag stitch, I was happy that it came
with one!

--
Susan
Hoping to get some quilting done today
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That straight or single stitch throat plate is why the old
classic Singer machines make such a beautiful stitch. The only
warning is don't forget to change back before you go to a wide
stitch.  First it scares you when the needle breaks and it can
knock the machine out of time.
A question about the Haargrave boo for anyone that has seen the
older and newer editions. Is there a lot of info in the new
editions to make it worth buying?
I'm glad you are having so much fun Lia
Taria

Julia Altshuler wrote:
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I used mine for MQing the other day but also it is wonderful for
machine piecing ...the best actually...no more fabric getting chewed up
at the beginning of stitching.



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rereading.
ebay.


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Also, on my Pfaff throat plate there is a little diagram showing a needle
and tiny hole...I highlighted these w/ a sharpie as it is so easy to try a
ZZ stitch
while the single hole plate is in position . I can tell you..it doesn't work
!



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rereading.
ebay.


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I'm glad you tried it, my machine actually came with the alternative
throat plate, but I haven't tried it, I've been too anxious about
accidently stitching a zig zag and breaking the needle to try it! You've
given me a new incentive.

Cheers
Anne

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I tape a BIG note on the front of the sewing machine- right by the controls
to switch over to zig-zag.  That helps.....

Leslie & The Furbabies in MO.

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Leslie & The Furbabies in MO. wrote:
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it sounds very silly, but even in the privacy of my own home I'd not
want to do that! It would be admitting I don't have x-ray vision....

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I'd rather feel silly for the note than feel dumb for needing to admit I
forgot/did something foolish and my sewing machine was broken because of
it..... but that's just me.

Leslie & The Furbabies in MO.

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In the privacy of your own home your BIG note on the front of your machine
can say anything you want to !!...Only you would know that it meant to
switch throat plates !!   Make it say something evocative...obscure...
allusive...suggestive...Have fun w/ your note !!!   : )
Mary



"Anne Rogers"  >
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Speaking of signs, my DH put a sign on the door to my sewing room in Florida
to remind me to turn off the iron.  Up north I have an auto-shut off iron,
and never remembered to turn this one off since.  Visitors chuckle when they
see the sign on the door - he placed it at eye level.
Never be embarrassed to leave notes to yourself, on your machine or anywhere
else!

--
Susan
Hoping to get some quilting done today
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If you plug the iron into a power strip with a little red 'on' light
that might help.  I'd rather a sign though than a burned kitty and/or
house!
Taria

Susan Torrens wrote:

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I've lost count of the number of times I've attempted to zigzag with the
single-stitch throat plate in place. :( Luckily for me, the Bernina I
bought a couple of years ago has a safety feature on it. *If* I remember
to engage it, I can't possibly zigzag until I "un-engage" it. <G> Don't
ask how many times I've sat there as puzzled as can be because my
machine wouldn't zigzag when I wanted it to. ;) (I also have to remember
to "un-engage" this feature ....)

--
Sandy in Henderson, near Las Vegas
sw.foster1 (at) gmail (dot) com (remove/change the obvious)
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Lia,

Was it a "I coulda had a V-8!" moment? Happens to all of us. :)

Several years ago, Pfilomina Pfaff urged me to add the single stitch throat
plate to her trousseau. She and I are happy with it. Pfilomina asked me to
warn you about switching out the plate when you change to a zig-zag or
decorative stitch. If you forget, you will SLAM the needle onto the single
stitch plate. That is not a happy activity. To remind myself, I have painted
a red line on my single stitch plate. (I do wish the company had thought to
produce it in a different color metal though.)

BTW, a nice MQ book is the one by Maurine Nobel. Not sure if it is still in
print, but I like the two I have.

PAT and Pfilomina

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