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Bernina Presser Feet
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Date: 12/2/12 5:07 PM

I borrowed the #70 and #71 presser feet from a friend who also owns a Bernina to check if flat felled seams were any easier than what most sewers do. To me they were a waste of time causing too much frustration to learn unless I'm doing something wrong. My friend also thinks they are too much hassle to use. Love to hear what others who have them think.

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Date: 12/2/12 5:26 PM

Have you watched the videos showing how to use these specific feet? There seems to be a trick that helps -- taking a few straight stitches before you feed the fabric into the foot. I have one of these feet but have never used it. But, I love Bernina feet!

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Date: 12/2/12 6:12 PM

Hmm. a few months ago, I was at my dealer, watching with some amusement as the salesperson was attempting, without much success, to demonstrate these very same feet. Even Footnotes was vague. Perhaps the authors slacked off when compiling Volume II? (Volume I is actually pretty good.)

Anyway, here are two pages from the Encyclopedia of Sewing Machine Techniques which may explain things. (They did for me)






(Somewhat ironically, as the entire value of that book lies in the photography, google books has opted not to display the clear and concise illustrations. Please pardon my handheld scanner; it's what I had at hand)
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Bernina B330
Feet: 1,2,3,3A,4,5,7,8,10,13,16,18,20, 29,32,35,37,50,64,70,71,82,85,86, 92

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Date: 12/2/12 6:30 PM

It takes practice to learn to use and master them, they are not idiot proof. However, once you HAVE master them, they make doing the job a joy.

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Date: 12/2/12 6:41 PM

I learned to use mine and I love how they work. I rely on them when making shirts.

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Date: 12/2/12 7:01 PM

And if you prefer video

Bernina Flat Felled Foot: Foot of the Month

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Bernina B330
Feet: 1,2,3,3A,4,5,7,8,10,13,16,18,20, 29,32,35,37,50,64,70,71,82,85,86, 92

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In reply to andye

Date: 12/3/12 1:29 AM

I recognised the style of this book , so looked to see if I had mine handy. Found page 312, you did a great job with the scanner. I should use this book more often, forgot about it after we unpacked from a move across the Pacific. Will keep it by my machines now, instead of bookcase in another room. Thanks for the reminder.

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Date: 12/3/12 9:44 AM

The Bernina felling feet work fine, but like rolled hems take a little practice. I make men's shirts, and I find the 4mm too narrow and the 8mm too wide. You can get a 6mm for Janome and use it with an adaptor, but I don't know how this would work on a Bernina specifically. I wish Bernina made a 6mm felling foot.
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