The throat plate on the machine you will notice
is in millimeters. If you have a pattern that has a 1/2″ seam allowance or 5/8″ seam allowance,
what you’re going to need to do is measure from the center needle position on out. You
can see that 15mm is about 5/8″ seam allowance because the rest of the world is metric and
the United States is in inches. If that bothers you, you can purchase for your local Husqvarna
Viking dealer an American-printed throat plate. It will have the inches on here on both sides
that would be possibly easier for your to read. Tell you the truth, I’ve learned metric
because I have a metric throat plate on the machines that come with it. You also can purchase a straight stitch throat
plate, which would have both inches and millimeters on it. Now a straight stitch throat plate
is for, of course, only straight stitching. You can use it in the embroidery, but what’s
nice is if you’re ever sewing something from corner to corner … Have you ever had where
the little first corner of your fabric gets pushed down into the throat plate because
the needle pushes it down? This eliminates that. It also helps for free motion quilting.
When you have more exact stitching when your foot is in that hover mode … I’ve actually
had one customer described like she was quilting on an air hockey table because there wasn’t
that little extra opening that the fabric was dimpling into. It was just gliding across
it and only the needle and the thread were getting pushed down through to the bobbin
area. That’s another option to do. When you’re actually stitching, so let’s say
we are working with a 5/8″ seam allowance we can go ahead and line up our fabric with
that 15mm mark, and away we go. What if you needed a marking that was further beyond the
markings of the the throat plate? That’s where your seam guide comes in handy. That came
with your machine. You can loosen the screw in the back and slide it back here. Now you’re
going to have to loosen that screw quite a bit to have it open enough for the guide to
go in, because it’s a big, long hole. You need to unscrew it so it can go in, and then
use your screwdriver here to give it a little tighten so it doesn’t move as you go. What’s really nice is, for example, if I was
following along and I just wanted a guide so I didn’t get off path, I can go ahead and
get that set and then all I have to do is keep my eye on the fabric running next to
the guide. Here’s another way that you can use a seam guide – we’ll do our selective
thread cutter, very nice – is we can go ahead and use that for multiple rows. We can just
set the seam guide right down – I got it a little too tight on my fabric, there we go
– right down on top of the first line. This is great for running decorative stitches that
might be 2″ apart, or running anything that your need to keep parallel to the edge of
your fabric. Then just go ahead and keep it going. It’s super easy to have perfectly straight
lines.