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Reva's Tips: Keep it In Line

The new year is upon us and it is time to get our priorities in line and sew straight. Well, at least there is hope for the latter. Sewing a straight line when stitching in the ditch or top stitching can be a real challenge. If you want to stay on the straight and narrow, try out these feet:

Quarter Inch Stitch in the Ditch Foot

If you want to stitch in the ditch, on either a quilting or garment project, use the 1/4" Stitch in the Ditch foot. This foot has a blade in the center that you align with the indent of an opened seam, on the right side of the fabric. The blade naturally will want to stay in this groove helping you sew straight. You will notice that this style of foot has a single needle hole which is preferred for quilting and therefore only a center needle position can be used.

Narrow Edge Foot

If you want to walk on the wild side, a Narrow Edge or Edge Joining foot is just the ticket. This foot works in a similar way with the blade doing the work for you in a seam line. The difference is that the Narrow Edge foot has a wide opening for the needle to be positioned to the left or right of center. This is great for edge stitching, topstitching and even can be used with a blanket stitch or other decorative stitches.

Can't you see why I find these feet indispensable, without them I am really good at sewing crooked!

Here is some additional Icon-ic good news!

• If you are a new owner of the Pfaff Icon, like me, you are enjoying the fabulous enhanced feeding system (this thing is amazing!). Pfaff has redesigned the Stitch in the Ditch foot (821143096) and the Narrow Edge foot (821142096) to work best with the new feeding system. Additionally, there is also a redesigned FreeMotion foot that has is available for the Icon. I know that these feet have been a staple in my sewing tool box for years and I am excited for the new versions for my new Icon. If you are an Icon owner, make sure to get yours too!

Happy Sewing,


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