Here’s a great tip I received from my LQS when I started quilting. I’m surprised at how many people don’t know this little secret. It all has to do with your stitch plate.
Your machine will come with a regular stitch plate. In the center it has a wide horizontal opening to allow for a zig-zag stitch, etc. The problem with using a regular stitch plate is that when your piecing, your fabric can get stuck in this opening.
The solution? Get a single stitch plate. It has a small hole in the middle, just large enough to let the needle pass through. Keeps your fabric from getting caught, and helps to keep your piecing accurate.
Sew simple right?
P.S. Be sure to change your foot plate if you switch from piecing to regular sewing, as you will have a broken needle if you try and zig-zag or click your needle to the left or right with this plate. 🙂