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edited October 2013 in Ask An HQ Expert
I confess I got a little overzealous when using my new Avante Prostitcher and I adjusted different numbers to test it out. I played with the tie-off distances without writing down the factory settings. I though they would be in the manual, but I couldn't find any suggested stitch widths (distances?) for tacking and for microstitching. (I hope I have the terms correct!)

Also, is the recommended SPI for machine quilting 9-12? Is it okay to go with larger stitches (<9) or is that not a good idea?

thanks so much!


  • Jenzenbe,

    You are fine, you can adjust your tie-offs to whatever you like. When you are using the Micro tie-off 4 is a good place to start. If you have a thread that is slippery you may want to increase the amount so that your thread holds. When you are using the Tack 2 is a good starting place.

    An average SPI is 10-12. You can use a larger stitch length, you will just have a bigger stitch. If that is the look you want that is fine.

    Good luck,

    Cheryl Duncan
    Handi Quilter Studio Educator

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