Nancy Zieman Fancy Footworks 2 Part Three

Free-motion quilting is a technique that often is intimidating to beginning quilters. Trust us, 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 Nancy demonstrate this technique plus others during the final episode of  Fancy Footworks 2, our Sewing With Nancy Online Featured Video. 

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

The Free-Motion Quilting Foot Characteristics (We’re 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.


  • Choose a fun cotton fabric print with spaces between the print images.
  • Place a layer of Stitch & Steam behind the fabric and pin the two fabrics together. (Stitch & Steam 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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Now that you are acquainted with these assorted presser feet, which one will you try first? Let us know in the comments (below) for a chance to win the Ultimate Fancy Footworks book from Nancy’s Notions.  A randomly selected winner will be announced on September 27.


Reminder to Enter the NZP Fall Table Runner Sewing Challenge today!

  • Sew a table runner to showcase your sewing and quilting talents. Table runner entries may be any color palette, feature any sewing, quilting or machine embroidery techniques, and must be a size that fits on a kitchen or dining room table—use your imagination!
  • Enter one table runner that has been sewn within the last year and has not been entered into a previous Nancy Zieman Productions Table Runner Sewing Challenge. Enter by emailing your table runner photo to [email protected] by October 2, 2018.
  • Visit the official NZP Fall Table Runner Sewing Challenge Posting for details and to share your comment for a chance to win a Table-Runner Roundup Book from Martingale!

Happy Sewing,

Team Nancy Zieman

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