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Date: 6/9/12 9:01 AM

Okay, so I don't want to make quilts - never have, never will. (don't have the patience to cut and piece 100's of pieces, don't EVEN want to wrestle with basting and quilting a full size quilt - none of it!) But occasionally I like to make small quilted pieces such as bags, potholders, that type of thing. In other words I like to dabble in it.

Anyway, I thought there was some kind of foot that can help you quilt straight lines evenly spaced but I don't know what it's called so I don't know what to look for. I found this "odd" looking piece with a machine I bought recently and it looks like something that might be used for that, but I'm not sure what it is or how to use it. ?????

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Date: 6/9/12 9:35 AM

That is a spacing bar for stitching on quilts or anything. You attach it to the foot you're using and adjust it so the bent part is the exact distance you want between stitching lines. Then you just make one really accurate row of stitching to start. From there you put the bent part on the last row of stitching and sew your new row the exact distance from the previous.

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Date: 6/9/12 9:44 AM

Okay, thanks, I thought it was something like that. But I'm not sure how it goes on the machine - it attaches onto the regular presser foot? How?

Sorry, I'm a dunce!

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Date: 6/9/12 11:39 AM

Your needle bar thingy has a whole in it above the feet, and you put it in the hole, find the size spacing you want and tighten the screw and sew. As far as I understand, some people quilt with these things from corner to corner. They start where they want, usually near an edge, I think, and put the spacing about an inch apart and just make rows from corner to corner.

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Date: 6/9/12 6:33 PM

Some walking feet come with them as well.

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Date: 6/9/12 8:58 PM

I actually don't have that hole in my needle bar (vintage Singer) - and I don't have a walking foot with that hole in it either. The best I've been able to figure is to screw it onto the needle bar along with my presser foot - presser foot first, then this thing. Not sure if that is correct but I can't see any other way to do it.

The good thing about it, I think, is that you can turn the clamp around so that it is facing the other way and attach so that the bar is either to the right OR the left of the needle.

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Date: 6/10/12 2:44 AM

I had an old kenmore machine from 1980 or so that the quilting guide was like that. I had to loosen the screw that held the presser foot on and slide the little forks into the space and tighten the screw. The pic that you put up makes it look like that might be how you attach yours.

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Date: 6/10/12 8:54 AM

Yes, thank you, that is what I finally did and wondered if it was correct! :)

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