I have a Pfaff Hobby 1022. I cannot get the speed to slow down; it’s either going fast, or stopped. I am trying to make Vogue Pattern 8576, which is constructed of a number of triangle-shaped pieces of fabric that are joined so that the tips of the triangles meet.
The seams have to be perfect and precise or it’s just a mess. But the machine’s slowest speed is too fast for that kind of precision: it’s like trying to parallel park in a tight space in a car whose slowest speed is 25 mph or stopped.
So, what do I do? Do I get a different machine, that permits me to modulate the speed more precisely? Do I sew the dress differently, STARTING the triangles at their tips instead of stopping there so that I can place the needle precisely at the point where they all meet? Do I just accept the fact that I’m a novice sewer and too inexperienced to tackle this pattern? Do I just sew the darn thing by hand? I can’t figure out whether the problem lies in the equipment or my technique. I know other people have sewn this dress and no one else has complained about this problem, so I either have a bottom-of-the-line bad machine or lack skills.