Have you ever tried to sew a patch on a garment or straps onto a tote bag and struggled with positioning the fabric? Sometimes, especially if you are trying to sew something to an existing garment, it is almost impossible to sew in any direction but one without opening up at least one seam. We’ve talked before about 4-way stitches, but does your machine have 8-way stitch capability? My Viking Husqvarna Designer Diamond Royale does and I love it! If your machine has this stitch capability, I encourage you to practice with it so you are comfortable using it next time the perfect project presents itself. Here are some tips and observations to help with your success using this great feature.
One of the things that may be hardest to remember as you are sewing is that, if you make a change in stitch length to any of your stitches, that change disappears each time a new direction is chosen. It is not a “one and done” adjustment. I have personally noticed that changing the stitch length does not really look much different to me with this feature. I tend to leave the stitch length alone rather than have to remember to change it with each new direction.
I hope these observations and tips prove helpful with this feature. Have a great week and Happy Sewing!