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Ditch foot
What a cool tool!
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Date: 6/3/06 11:18 AM

When I bought my Janome in Feb. they offered an orientation. Having already sewn for several years, I didn't think I would learn much, (sounds arrogant, but we get set in our ways) Boy was I wrong. There are some pretty cool accessories and tools available now! One of the most awesome tools I invested in, was the "ditch foot". This neat thing's got a little blade-like guide in front, that you set in the ditch. It separates the joined fabrics on a quilt top, and then stitches right behind, as you go. This makes for a very accurate stitch line right in the ditch, no more going over the top of one edge. The only problem is...it's not a walking foot, which I'm used to guiding the layers along. I can adjust my foot pressure, which helps not slide things, but I'm a bit worried about trying it with a thick quilt. The instructor also recommended it for attatching binding, because it accurately guides you sewing along the pressed crease of the binding. I showed it to my mother and my best friend who are both long-time quilters, and they'd never seen one either. Made me realize I've got to get out more, and see what innovations are "the buzz" in the sewing world!

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Date: 6/3/06 11:52 AM

I have one of those for my old Bernina (they call it an edge foot) and couldn't live without it!

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Date: 6/3/06 5:42 PM

Viking came out with a "stitch in the ditch" foot that I just used for the first time. I like it better than the edge foot for running along seam lines.

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Date: 6/5/06 1:32 PM

Stitch in the ditch foot for sewing on binding? Tell me more! (I hate doing bindings.) So you sew on the binding the regular way, wrap it around the edge, and then ditch-stitch on the front to catch it on the back?

(slaps forehead) Why didn't I ever think of that?!?!

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Date: 6/5/06 8:58 PM

I love my SITD foot. Although I don't quilt as such, I use it often for garment sewing..makes topstitching easy and accurate. Not sure what janome model you have, but the sliding buttonhole foot that you pop the button into is also a blessing..beautiful auto buttonholes everytime.

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Date: 6/6/06 8:07 PM

Quote: Towanda
Viking came out with a "stitch in the ditch" foot

Thank you, Towanda! My immediate response - access Ebay, locate foot, pay - it's in the mail as we speak. You made my day!

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Date: 2/3/08 4:10 AM

Yeah! It is good to hear good positive feedback regarding the classes you got with your new machine. I am a sewing machine educator and find that way too many people over look the classes as they feel they are seasoned sewers. It is not about sewing, it is about getting the most out of your machine and learning to use all the great new tools for them. The stitch in the ditch foot attachment is just one of many. Yes I have one and use it a lot, they run around 30.00 but well worth it. Enjoy one and all!

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Date: 2/4/08 7:36 AM

I have to find on of these for my machine!! I was just thinking last night...as I was trying to stitch in the ditch on a jacket and it looked terrible... there has to be something to make this easier!!!

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Date: 2/4/08 8:24 AM

I don't quilt (yet) but I absolutely love my stitch in the ditch foot. I use it all time in garment construction.

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Date: 2/5/08 11:54 PM

Is there one for Baby Lock machines? I have yet to stitch-in-the-ditch and *not* have it look like complete crap...

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