Today I’m doing the final steps on this customer quilt, the SID. SID (stitch in the ditch) is a slow process, but very worth the time invested.
This particular quilt is for my customer’s daughter’s wedding. She wanted the piecing to shine, not necessarily the quilting; so I chose to use a fine thread (Superior’s Sew Fine #408) and to keep the same pattern in each block.
A few tips I’ve learned about SID along the way. SLOW, SLOW, SLOW! I can’t stress that enough. When I stitch normally, my machine is usually set between 14% and 19% motor speed (using the computer — freehand I use the stitch regulator). When I do SID, my machine motor is slowed down to 3% (yep THREE percent). I also loosen the top tension until there is virtually no tension at all as I use a monopoly for SID. Having finally learned the lesson of SLOW to SID, I can say my SID is much more accurate and I’m very pleased with it.