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I want to baste and dont know how to set straight stitch and length.

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To baste, set the stitch length as high as possible (zero is a non-stitch length, probably 4 or 5 on your machine is the largest stitch length). Set the stitch width to zero so there is no zig-zag.

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Just had my machine serviced and am having trouble with tension on plain straight stitch. Two layers of cotton material. Set on auto on top,


Try this:
Remove the top thread completely from the machine.
ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot and rethread from the beginning.
Verify the thread is following the correct threadpath.

FWIW, stitch length 7 is pretty long. Are you running a basting stitch?

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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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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

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How do I set the basting stitch length? when I try, it just beeps at me.


A BASTING STITCH IS ONLY A LONG STRAIGHT STITCH. THE NUMBER THAT IS LOWER IS A LONGER STITCH (FEWER STITCHES PER INCH). YOU WERE LIKELY MOVING YOUR NUMBER HIGHER. AFTER YOU GOT TO A CERTAIN NUMBER IT NO LONGER QUALIFIES AS A BASTING STITCH BUT A STRAIGHT STITCH. USE A LOWER NUMBER AND IT WILL LIKELY TO STOP THE BEEPING.

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How do I set for basting


Some compuerised machines will have a basting stitch programmed in, it may have a symbol like a dot then a long dash then another dot. This will give you a decent spaced basting stitch. On mechanical machines sometimes you can get a basting needle plate - you set up for the longest widest zigzag stitch and the tube on the plate makes one side of the zig not catch so you get a long straight stitch.

But if you are joining silky fine fabrics together, then needle and length of thread doubled is still the best way, takes a little longer but the fabrics won't creep and slip.

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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.

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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.

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What are the settings for "basting?"


Hi. Basting is done with a straight stitch set to the longest stitch length possible on your machine.

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I need to know how to find the basting stitch on my ex660


The basting stitch is not normally a separate stitch, just set the stitch length as long as it will go, and the same for the stitch spacing. Make sure you are not using any fancy setting or zigzag and this should be fine for basting.

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