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Date: 10/26/02 6:03 AM

Nancy's notions is having a sale on presser feet, and I was wondering at the binding foot. Can this only be used with premade bias tape, or can one cut fashion fabric to the appropriate width and use it to put binding on necklines, sleeves etc, as well as things like placemats and curtains?

There is also a company whose name eludes me right now, but I think it is something like creativefeet. They make three feet that are supposed to serve all creative purposes. Has anyone tried any of their feet (pearls and piping is one, I forget the other two). What did you think? What did you use the foot for?

Sorry if this is a repeat post, I looked all over the board and didn't find a foot topic.  --Erin

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Date: 10/26/02 7:40 AM

This is a good post Erin, I've wondered about creative feet myself. They are pretty expensive though. At one point I was 'feet crazy' so I went and bought quite a few of them from the nearby sewing machine dealer. The craziness stopped when I realised that I hadn't used any of them in about a year!!!

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Date: 10/26/02 10:19 AM

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I was wondering at the binding foot. Can this only be used with premade bias tape, or can one cut fashion fabric to the appropriate width and use it to put binding on necklines, sleeves etc, as well as things like placemats and curtains?
thats a good question erin. i have alot of feet for 2 of my necchi machines. they're both attached differently because they are for 2 different machines same brand though. but all of these feet came with the machines when i had bought them. i noticed when i tried to sew my bias tape on one of my tops it was all crooked. i would splurge and buy one of them feet for binding if they help sew the bias tape on right. i tried to sew one side first then turned it over and tried to sew the other side. it looks homemade.  ???

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Date: 10/26/02 12:04 PM

My machine came with a number of feet--some are optional on other models. I have purchased most of the optional feet too--I really love new techniques. That said, here are the ones I use the most:
1. teflon foot (great for leather or any fabric with a surface which tends to drag when you sew).
2. roller foot (great for fabrics with uneven surfaces or funky pile).
3. edge stitching foot-the cadillac for topstitching. This is particularly useful if your machine allows you to change your needle position left to right
4. edge joining foot-you can butt two fabrics together and sew them in a zig zag or other decorative stitch--great for fagotting.
5. pintuck feet--the larger ones are more useful unless you are sewing heirloom for baby. These make interesting texture on fabric, some people use them for sewing invisible zippers (there is a channel on the underside where the invisible zip can ride).
6. Creative feet pearls and piping foot-yes, this is very useful IF you want to apply trims which are substantial. The groove is deep and wide.

I have still not mastered my rolled hem feet, though I keep trying. There is real technique involved in using these--most of the time I use Louise Cutting's technique (similar to Gigi's baby rolled hem) or I do a serger rolled hem if I want to see that edge of thread.
I like the cording foot, and use it sometimes, just not all the time. The gathering foot and pleater are very cool and do work, I just don't use gather or pleat that often (but I'm sure glad to have the feet when I do!;)
I will confess that though I have the bias binder I have yet to use it.
There are some other decorative/specialty feet (like a gimp foot) which I use for home dec embroidery; you could use those also for heirloom or certain embellishment applications.

Finally, my experience is that the feet made for your machine generally perform better, with some exceptions. The more complex the foot, the more important it is (imho) to use the foot designed for your machine. That said, I got some wonderful generic felling feet to use in shirtmaking--so of course, there is an exception to every rule (Viking doesn't make these type of feet for my machine)
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Date: 10/26/02 12:57 PM

:0 Deepikacould we have a chat on sewing machine feet with nanbeing the guest ? :0 but serioulsy thats a great subject. if i had the chance i would have put the different sewing feet in little see thru. pouches with the instruction for which they are used for. but at this late date the feet came with the machines and i have no idea what they are for. it sure would help if i knew and they were marked or had little sheets of paper telling what they are for.

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Date: 10/26/02 11:48 PM

Maria I think its a great idea. What do you say Nan? Willing to do a chat on Sewing Machine Feet and their uses?

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Date: 10/27/02 3:00 AM

Yes do it Nan!  I'd like to hear more about the feet too.  I use the edgestitch, teflon, pearls & piping, and tailors tacking feet as well.  The tailor's tacking foot is great for doing fancy hemstitching as well as tacking, I think it's similar to the edge joining foot.

I don't use too many others but have had my eye on a walking foot.  I've managed velvet without it with good results so far (It's slow going though).  It's expensive and I wonder if it'd be a worthwhile purchase.

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Date: 10/27/02 6:39 AM

Oh, my goodness, now you all have made me realize that I'm a foot-a-holic in addition to a patternaholic and fabricaholic! I have a Bernina and if you are familiar with that brand you know that they are known for having a foot for any given time of day - and I own and use them ALL. :0  The ones I use most often are the 1/4" foot (need that for all those KS patterns), walking foot, edgestitch foot, open embroidery foot, zipper foot and the 1/4" rolled hem foot (mostly on napkins).  The ruffler is great to have - ever try to hand-gather fabric for a king-size dust ruffle?  I also have some low-shank industrial welting feet that work great on my machine with an adaptor - Bernina doesn't make welting feet large enough for 5/32" cording.  I'm afraid the same is true of my industrial machine - I've already built up quite a collection of feet for it too.  All the serger feet have been a waste because after all these years they are still in their little boxes!

Erin, if you do a lot of creative sewing and embellishing, you would probably use the creative feet.  I never used mine and sold them with one of my machines a few years back.  I don't have much occasion to sew on pearls, sequins or ribbons, etc.  

I love the binding attachment for my Bernina - it's a plate that screws onto the bed of the machine.  I have four different size plate binders for my industrial - I am still trying to make friends with them.  I prefer a double-fold binder that uses strips of fabric rather than prefolded binding - that saves me a step.

I find that the binders and rolled hem feet require the most practice to use well - once you get it, it's like riding a bicycle.

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Date: 10/27/02 9:56 AM

I primarily use my regular foot, 1/4" foot and the J foot (don't know it's technical name).  The J foot is for the seam/overcast stitch which I use a lot for finishing edges since I sew with a lot of linen and rayon.  This helps keep the fraying in check.  I really do need a serger.  It would be a lot faster.

I should use my walking foot more but it's so bulky and I find it limits my visibility of what's happening under the foot. I would like to master the rolled hem foot so I can use it for some of my silk burnouts and other sheer silks.  I don't think I've ever even tried it out.  

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Date: 10/27/02 2:56 PM

Deepika and all,
I'm happy to help but I'm not sure I can be considered a foot guru.
There is a lady who sells a video, Marijka Walker (I think that is the last name)...now SHE knows sewing machine feet. I actually have her video somewhere, but I'll confess that we keep all our videos on the same bookshelf and my son rummages in them...well, sometimes things fall behind. I'll try to scare up her website.
The thing about feet is, that they are so individual to each machine brand. I'm wondering if we'd do better with some input from folks depending on the type of machine they have. It might be cool to set up a poll to see which feet people use the most by machine type.
Then, I think it would be good to put together something on which feet when. I'll try to tackle that, maybe in a newsletter format; not sure I'll get to it this week b/c its a pretty hectic one work-wise for me, but i'll try asap.
What I do have already written and ready to go is a file on interfacing (done for my local ASG). Its kind of long, but I can edit it if you let me know your size constraints, Deepika.

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