Nancy Zieman Fancy Footworks 2 Part Three

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.

Watch me demonstrate this technique plus others during the final episode of  Fancy Footworks 2, this week’s Sewing With Nancy Online Featured Video. 

A Close-up Look at the Free-Motion Quilting Foot

The Free-Motion Quilting Foot Characteristics (I’m showing the Big 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.

Big Foot Low Shank

  • 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!)


Nancy Zieman Sewing With Nancy Fancy Footworks Part Three



  • 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.)


Nancy Zieman Fancy Footworks 2



  • When finished, apply steam using a steam iron, and the fabric magically shrinks creating a beautiful permanent texture.


Nancy Zieman Sewing With Nancy Fancy Footworks 2 Part Three



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.

If you missed the first two episodes, watch online:  Part One, and Part Two.

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How to use specialty presser feet Sewing With Nancy Zieman

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.

Fancy Footworks 2 Workbook

Bye for now,

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