Free-motion quilting is a technique that often is intimidating to beginning quilters. Trust me, you don’t need courage to attempt free-motion quilting, only practice! Here’s the best way to practice; the stitches are completely camouflaged by textured fabric. It’s the perfect testing ground for this specialty technique, using a quilting foot.
A Close-up Look at the Free-Motion Quilting Foot
- A shorter shank allows the foot to ride slightly above the fabric.
- The large opening in the needle area gives a clearer view of the stitching.
- Big Foot, a transparent saucer-like foot, easily glides over several thickness of fabric.
- Choose a fun cotton fabric print with spaces between the print images.
- Place a layer of Texture Magic behind the fabric and pin the two fabrics together. (Texture magic shrinks up to 30%—it’s the key element in no-fear free-motion quilting!)
- Set your sewing machine for a straight stitch and lower your feed dogs.
- Guide fabric with your hands, stitching squiggles or shapes comparable to traditional “puzzle-pieces.” Use matching thread. (We chose contrasting thread for demonstration purposes.)
- When finished, apply steam using a steam iron, and the fabric magically shrinks creating a beautiful permanent texture.
There’s more on the TV show!
Three additional presser feet are featured in Fancy Footworks 2 Part Three. Tune in and see the Bias Binding Foot—designed to assist in stitching bias tape on the edge of fabric, Sequins’ N Ribbon Foot—tames unruly trims like sequin tape, ribbon, or even rick rack, and the Buttonhole Foot.
Now that you are acquainted with these assorted presser feet, which one will you try first? Let us know in the comments for a chance to win a Fancy Footworks 2 Workbook. A randomly selected winner will be announced on July 16.
Bye for now,