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Arnold

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  Does anyone use a left needle position ZZ machine for 1/4 in piecing ? If so, is it a challenge for the feed dogs to feed straight ? It seems that the fabric would not reach the right long feed dog and only contact the the left long and center short feed dogs.

The straight stitch machines I have want to turn the fabric and need attention to straight line stitch because they have one long one short feed dog line.

Any tips or your experience ?

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k9dancer

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I do have left homing machines, but I rarely use them, mainly because I don't have room to set up more than one at a time at the moment.  As I recall, I have used them for quarter inch stitching.  Try using a screw-in seam guide and sew slowly.
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Arnold,

Yes I have, and occasionally do use a couple left homing machines for 1/4" seams and quilt piecing.   Mine feed straight with both the ZZ and the SS foot.   I've never had the problems others associate with left homing machines.
The makers of left homing machines included a modified fabric guide in the accessories pack just for this purpose.
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There is a relief cut out so the guide can be adjusted over the inner feed dog, allowing for a 1/4" seam.
Works quite well.

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AHA! Now I know what machines those type of guides go to. I've never been happy trying to sew 1/4" seams with a left needle machine. Since I have so many other machines I don't have to fight with trying to piece a quilt, I just use them instead. I'll have to put these guides with my left needle accessories and maybe someday try again.

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Arnold

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Thank you Joe !
I looked through some attachments and found one of those seam guides. In the accessory box of the machine I found the adjustable zipper foot that can also double as a straight stitch foot. I installed the straight stitch needle plate, put on the high shank adjustable zipper foot, measured 1/4 inch from the needle and it was just at the edge of the foot and then I installed the seam guide. Now it feeds fabric perfectly by itself. It is as easy as on any machine now. 

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Arnold,

Glad to be of help.

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Arnold, what kind, model of machine were you showing with this last green machine.
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Kathleen, that is one of my Janome made New Home zig zag machines. They are left needle position machines.

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