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Reva's Tips: It's a Foot Thing

Reva's Tips: It's a Foot Thing

If you love feet like I do then you will have every foot that is made for your machine. I just love them all! Here is a question, do you remember what each foot is for? To store my feet I have them in small craft organizers with small divisions the perfect size for a foot. I have labeled each section with the name of the foot that is kept inside. This is very helpful in identifying each foot as well as seeing when one was not put away and needs to be found and returned to its proper home.

Here are a few of the fun feet that I like having on hand. Just about every brand of machine has feet like these, many are even available for the digital dual feed foot.

Pintuck

Pintucks are easy when using the Pintuck foot - Using a twin needle, this foot will automatically create a beautiful tiny pintuck. It has grooves on the underside of the foot to both create the tuck and to hold the first row in place so another pintuck row can be stitched parallel to the first. Combine rows of pintucks with decorative stitches in-between them. Just lovely!

Couching/Cording

Couching is the process of placing a yarn or fiber on the surface of your fabric and stitching it down to secure it. This can be done both with the use of decorative stitches. These feet have one or more holes in front of the needle area to guide and hold the yarn in place while you stitch over them. It is almost like having the foot doing the work of a third hand.

Free-motion Yarn Couching

This is a free-motion foot that has a hole in front of the needle large enough to thread yarn through it. As you freemotion, the yarn is delivered so that the yarn is caught by the needle and is stitched into place using a straight or narrow zigzag stitch.

Quilting Bar - Available in Left and in Right side options.

This bar fits behind the foot or ankle and can be adjusted to range from right beside the foot to a few inches away from the foot. Mark your project with one line that you wish to have your stitches follow. Stitch on that line. For the additional rows of stitching, align the bar to the stitched line and use it as a guide to maintain a consistent parallel row to the previous row. Mark once, sew lots.

Bi-Level - Available in Left and in Right side options

If you topstitch or ecco quilt to the side of a seam on your quilt blocks, you may find it difficult to maintain a straight parallel line of stitching. This foot is the answer! The underside of this foot has one side a bit longer than the other which allows the foot to snug up to the seam line and the foot's longer side will "catch" on the fold of the fabric and hold you steady as you sew.

Bobbin Work The bobbin work kits come with a bobbin case that is designed to have the tension adjusted to work with thick threads and thin braids as well as narrow silk ribbons. Use this in your machine when you are using thick fibers in the bobbin. When using this technique, you will be stitching with the right side of the fabric down and the machine will create dimensional loops at every stitch. Decorative stitches are great but avoid tiny stitches and satin stitches.

Happy Sewing,

~Reva

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