Almost every sewing machine is sold with at least four to five presser feet. Yet many sewists or quilters use an average of two feet for almost all their stitching. With the presser feet hidden away in an accessory box, we tend to forget about them. Welcome to Fancy Footworks 2, a Sewing With Nancy sequel, showcasing the uses of presser feet. This week part three, of the 3-part series, is the Sewing With Nancy Online Featured Video.
A Close-up Look at the Free-Motion Quilting Foot
One of the most common requests on my blog is how to get the courage to attempt free-motion machine quilting. Trust me, you don’t need courage, just practice! Here’s a no-fear way to practice where the stitches are completely camouflaged by textured fabric. It’s the perfect testing ground for this specialty technique, using a 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.
Then, check out the Fancy Footworks 2 Workbook and DVD.
The random winner from my blog titled, New Project to Sew—Modern Dresden Table Runner, is Valerie Brown who won a Trace ‘n Create Quilt Template—Dresden Collection from Clover. She shared what she would create with this template collection. “I think one of these would look great as a sunrise or a sunset in orange and yellow tones on a pillow or a pillow sham. I like the idea of the interfacing to hide the raw edges, too. Thanks for sharing that tip.”
Bye for now,