Has this ever happened to you? You discover after sewing over bulk your stitches are either extra long (skipped stitches) or very small?
Certainly skipped stitches may result from many, many combination of factors but if you constantly get them only in places where there's a bulk, chances are I can help you.
The image above gives a good example of how your stitches might be very small. See where the arrow is pointing at? The foot doesn't look level, right?
Here I've placed my hump helper and now the foot is level and sewing is so much smoother.
p.s. you did not see any lint or dust on my sewing machine. it's on your monitor.
My hump helper is really just a scrap of bag handle. I know it looks horrible and all but I've been using it for a few years and this is really how I get my stitches to look good whenever I need to sew over bulk on my bag.
This is a jean a ma jig which is a hump helper for sewing jeans. I bought it many years ago when I was mending hubs' jeans. I wanted to use it as a hump helper for sewing my bags but I didn't like how I can't change the thickness of the jean a mag jig. I mean, my bulk varies in thickness.
If you would like to make your own hump helper, here's how:
Cut a strip of fabric 4.75" wide by 8" long.
Fold fabric right side together along the length, halving the width. Sew the two long sides together.
Your hump helper can now be used.
Fold once for small bulk.
Fold twice for thicker bulk. And so on. The idea is to keep the foot level.
How do I know when to use the hump helper? Any places before and after a bulk are where it's needed most. Yes, you can place the hump helper in front of the presser foot as well. It's all about getting it balanced.
Some people grab a strip of fabric and fold it a few times to get the right thickness and that's their hump helper. I prefer my handy hump helper with its variable thickness. I keep it by my sewing machine all the time. Do you use a hump helper?
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