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    Bar-tack using a straight stitch machine?

    Sorry for the newby question, but could someone please give me the details on doing bar tacks with my straight stitch singer 201? I finally got the straight stitching down (Mom standing behind me with a ruler in her hand), but am puzzled when looking at bar tacks for webbing. I'm a visual learner, so if someone could diagram it, I would be grateful.

    Thanks in advance!

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    A standard bartack involves a short zigag + short stitch length.
    Your straight stitch can't do zigs, so you gotta zag...

    Basically do a repetitive straight stitch, forward and reverse, to accomplish a tack stitch of sorts. 3-4 passes will be sufficient for most things.

    Or do a box stitch with an X inside. Practice on scraps first to get the technique down.
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    Argh! Thanks for the info, gargoyle. My 201 can do reverse, so I'll see what I can do. I've plenty of scrap straps to practice with. I guess I'm getting to far ahead of my self for a beginner.

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    Use a shorter than normal stitch but not real short. If you usually do a 3 or 7-8 depending on your calibration drop down to a 2 - 2.5 or to a 5-7. Going too short can compromise the fabric sandwiched between. Alternately it is suggested that you do straight stitches in line with the webbing rather than across. In that case the stitch lines should be 2-3 times the width of the webbing. Three or four in-line rows would be plenty. The X-Box is kind of a way of combining in-line rows with traditional bar tacks.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Busky2 View Post
    See if this helps
    Hint...scroll down to page 11/12.

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    The fact that your machine won't do bar tacks may not be a bad thing. Some bar tacks place stitches so close together in the very thin fabrics that we use, that it essentially cuts the fabric and causes catastrophic failure under load - I've seen it!
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    Thanks, Busky2 for the pdf.
    Thanks, Ramblinrev -- I can picture that in my mind. I'm going to Joann's tomorrow for thread and to look at ripstop to play with. I have a brand new roll of 1 1/2 inch aircraft tie down webbing to practice with.
    Thanks again, gargoyle, gmcttr and Mad777 -
    I think you guy's have created a monster!

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    Ive played around making bar tacks, and the best I found was the medium zigzag stitch back and forth, 3-4times.

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