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Posted on: 6/15/09 3:17 PM
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One time when I had to sew a ribbon to the edge of my fabric the zipper foot was still in the machine. As I wasn't in the mood to change the zipper foot I left it in thinking that would work just as well. To my surprise it seemed that sewing straight just at the edge of the ribbon went easier than with the normal foot (read: more stitching on the ribbon than next to it). When I was sewing some straps for my dress I thought of it and used the zipper foot instead, and it still seemed to help.

So, either my mind is playing tricks with me (thinking it helps while its just the same) or its easier for me to guide the fabric as I can use the edge of the zipper foot for reference instead of the tiny spot on my normal foot. Just in case it was the last option I thought I should share it with you all.

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Saya said... (6/24/09 3:32 AM) Reply
And in this way I find out there is something like a edgefoot! I looked it up on the internet and it looks vaguely familiar. I think some while ago we found a sewingfoot (looking like the online picture) and we couldn't think of any use for it...
EleanorSews said... (6/18/09 4:30 PM) Reply
Thanks! Amazing what we discover thru serendipity. I'll keep this in mind.
MaddyGranMa said... (6/18/09 1:07 PM) Reply
Saya, I think that you have found a very useful tool for tricky small edges. I know that Quilt Machines have an "edge" foor that allows quilters to sew 1/4" edges. Perhaps the zipper foot is a similar tool in its way. It does sit right on the ribbon or whatever your edge is which gives you an extra grip on the edge. And you're right in that you can easily follow the edge of the zipper foot which allows you to sew a straight edge on your fabric! I think that it is a useful tip!
Kathy in NM said... (6/17/09 10:47 PM) Reply
Thanks for posting this tip. I usually use an edge foot, but I don't have one for my old machine. I'll give this a try. Whether it works for real, or is just in your mind, either way it works!
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