If you’re like me, you have been getting quite a few emails from Husqvarna Viking talking about a feature called Stitch Positioning, found on the newest machines. It is great to be able to place decorative stitches exactly where you want them on your project with accuracy and consistency, which is what this feature does. Did you know that if you own certain older models of machines, both Husqvarna Viking and Pfaff, you may already have a version of this feature? In past machine models, being able to place a decorative stitch where you want it was accomplished by using the Alternative button or icon (presented as Alt or a picture representation). On the newer machines, this feature may be seen as a new type of icon on the display screen, but the effect is much the same. Essentially, the machine decides which decorative stitches can be positioned to the left or right of center needle position based upon the width of the stitch. For example, if the decorative stitch is wider than the stitch plate allows, the Stitch Positioning/Alternative feature will not be available. If the decorative stitch is able to be reduced in width, the machine will allow you to have more flexibility in the stitch’s placement on the stitch plate by moving the stitch’s starting point to the left of center needle position or to the right. My Husqvarna Viking machine has a plate opening width of 7mm and my Pfaff has an opening of 9mm. If I would like to position a decorative stitch, it must be a smaller width than 7mm on my Husqvarna Viking or 9mm on my Pfaff. Take a look on your machine or in your owner’s manual to see if you have this terrific feature. If you do, see if you can use it on your next project!
Remember, this feature allows you to move your stitch on the fabric without moving your presser foot. That’s a really big deal! You will always get a much cleaner stitch if your presser foot is moving along completely on your fabric. This allows the fabric to move through the feed teeth in a straight line with the least amount of distortion possible. Whenever your presser foot runs off the fabric, you can be sure there will be trouble ahead! Happy Sewing!