How to Stitch in the Ditch

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What is the quilting term “Stitch in the Ditch” and how do you do it? In this free quilting tutorial Mary Fons explains this common quilting method and shows how to put a walking foot on a sewing machine.  Mary is using a Baby Lock Melody sewing machine on the set.

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  1. When I click on the stitch in the ditch video, the link takes me to last week’s video on steam. Help!

    N. Mai, 1 year ago Reply

    • hi – we had an error…please try again. THANKS!

      kloeffelholz, 1 year ago Reply

  2. FYI- IPad still playing steam video from last week, but on my PC it links up to the stitch video. Thanks!

    N. Mai, 1 year ago Reply

  3. Still can’t access stitch in the ditch video. The steam one keeps coming up.

    Abbie, 1 year ago Reply

  4. Can’t seem to access the ditch stitching video. It always goes to the one about using steam.

    Georgene, 1 year ago Reply

  5. Still seeing steam video here I did enoy it but would like to see stitch in ditch

    Mary, 1 year ago Reply

  6. On my IPad it still takes me to steaming

    Ruth McCormick, 1 year ago Reply

  7. Still playing “Steam” video.

    Gail, 1 year ago Reply

  8. I just clicked on the “In the Ditch” video, and it worked fine. This is on my home (desktop) computer. Hope the problem is fixed for all.

    I am an experienced quilter, but I still really enjoy Quilty! Way to teach, Mary. I enjoy you and your Mom on TV, too.

    Pat S., 1 year ago Reply

  9. I LOVE the quilt in back of you, Mary! Is it a Quilty pattern from the magazine? I have all the issues.
    Or perhaps from F&P Love of Quilting?
    Thanks for the lesson on stitching in the ditch. It looks so nice on the quilt back, especially on star blocks.

    Karen, 1 year ago Reply

  10. On Saturday, iPad is still getting the video on whether to use steam or not.

    Sue, 1 year ago Reply

    • Hi Sue – we will see what’s going on. In the meantime, check out our YouTube channel with this video:
      thank you, Kristi

      kloeffelholz, 1 year ago Reply

  11. I can’t view the stitch in the ditch video on my iPad either, and this has happened to me with other QNNtv videos lately. It’s very disappointing.

    Chloe, 1 year ago Reply

    • Hi Chloe – please try again, the issue has been fixed for this video. We are experiencing some issues with coding. Thank you for hanging on! :)

      kloeffelholz, 1 year ago Reply

  12. I cannot get stitch in ditch either, steam video keeps showing

    Donna, 1 year ago Reply

    • hi – please try again, this issue has been resolved. thank you!

      kloeffelholz, 1 year ago Reply

    • Hooray got the video

      Donna, 1 year ago Reply

  13. What I am wondering is if you need to stich EVERY ditch. How do you know which way to go around the square? For example, I am doing a quilt with squares, sashing, and corner squares. How do I do that, and get each line without backtracking? Or is it okay to backtrack a little? Thanks to all who can help!

    MarPeg, 2 months ago Reply

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