What's tunneling?

Posted by Chris Pascuzzi on 17 February 2015 | 0 Comments


Today Chris Pascuzzi shares a snipit from her class Tools of the Trade. As the name suggests, the class is all about the tools and accessories that come with your sewing machine and how to overcome problems such as Tunneling. Enjoy the class to find out even more...

Zigzag capabilities are available on even the most basic machines and though it is a simple stitch it can be used in many different ways. An open zigzag can be used as a seam finish, to secure the edge of an applique, or for couching ribbons and yarns.

Let's make a sample. You will notice that the longer the stitch length gets, the farther apart your zigs will be. If you use a short stitch length like .5 mm or less, you will get a satin stitch. If you move the stitch width, your stitch will get fatter or skinnier. Your stitch should look the same from both sides. If not, follow the same rules for adjusting tension for straight stitch.

zigzag sampler

Zigzag sampler

Take some time to play with your zigzag. Your stitches should lay flat against the surface of the stabilizer. If your fabric begins to tunnel, or pull in, then you need additional stabilizer underneath. I have noticed this happens sometimes when I use the wider stitch settings on my machine, which has a maximum stitch width of 9 millimeters.

Example of tunneling


Tip: When you doing satin stitch, you may want to switch to your embroidery foot as the bottom of the foot will pass smoothly over the dense stitches. I use my open embroidery foot whenever I am doing decorative stitching so I can see what I am doing.

open toe embroidery foot
bottom of open toe embroidery foot

open toe embroidery foot 

bottom of open toe embroidery foot

... Chris Pascuzzi

About Tools of the Trade: Do you know how to use your sewing machine for anything other than straight stitching? Can you use all of the presser feet that are available for your machine? Do you know which needle to use with which thread? This class will answer your questions and help you learn to use your machine to its fullest, from the latest top of the line model to Grandma's hand-me-down! You will create samples of many popular techniques using both standard and optional sewing machine attachments. Read more...

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