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Sewing Insider Tips

print General Sewing Foot
•Use with utility stitches in utility applications when working with all purpose thread.
•Note the flat bottom; this will actually stop any decorative stitches from forming properly.
•If you have a machine with variable needle position, move your needle to the right so that when you run your fabric right along the edge of the foot you have a 1/4” seam allowance (excellent for piecing quilts). Might want to add a piece here that if you are using the 5/8” seam guide on the machine this will affect it.

Embroidery foot
•Use this foot when using the embroidery stitches on your machine or a satin stitch or any decorative thread.
•The groove on the underside allows the stitch to pass under the foot easily and will result in even, well formed embroidery stitches.
•If fabric starts puckering on embroidery stitches, first - reduce your thread tension, second - make sure to starch/ stabilize your fabric.

Blind Hem Foot
•Designed to use with blind hem stitches and overlock stitches
•Use blind hem guide for edgestitching and applying patch pockets.
•The tiny pin on the underside allows the overlock stitches to lay flat on knit fabric (will not roll).
•This foot can also help you do a “rolled edge” for napkins, tablecloths and scarves. Just set your sewing machine to a satin stitch (zig zag, wide width and a short stitch length). Satin stitch each edge individually, do not pivot at corners. Use a drop of seam sealant at each corner to stop the stitch from unraveling. When seam sealant is dry, clip threads.

Zipper Foot
•Ideal foot for inserting zippers of all sizes. If you have variable needle positions, use it to get your needle as close as you want to zipper.
•Can also be used to make and insert piping.

Buttonhole Foot
•Most buttonhole feet have a prong in the back and two grooves in the front. This allows you to make a corded buttonhole, just loop a piece of pearl cotton or even unwaxed dental floss around the prong and hold each end in the grooves. Make buttonhole as usual. I find most people think a corded buttonhole is really hard but in fact it is extremely easy and makes your buttonholes look more professional.
•To prevent buttonholes from puckering or coming out uneven, use a piece of stabilizer under buttonhole.
•Always, always do a test buttonhole first. Be sure to use the same fabric thickness, interfacing, etc. that you have used to construct the garment.

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Sewing Insider Tips