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Date: 6/4/13 4:40 PM

I've been acquiring new presser feet recently and I'm curious about the Stitch in Ditch foot. Who has one and what do you use it for?

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Date: 6/4/13 4:53 PM

Mostly for quilting. Here is a video.



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Date: 6/4/13 5:37 PM

I use my Stitch in the Ditch a lot when garment sewing. It is great for under stitching and top stitching. It is always the first extra foot I buy.

Make sure you get one which allows a zigzag - just so you can move the position of the straight stitch rather than zig zagging.

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Date: 6/4/13 5:56 PM

I've used my Narrow Edge/Edge Joining/Stitch-in-the-Ditch (S-i-t-D) foot more than any other extra foot that I've purchased. You'll find feet like this with different names. Some are designed specifically for quilting - those tend to be somewhat narrower or they are sized and marked for 1/4-inch seams. I have two different S-i-t-D quilting feet, and I believe the difference is that the quilting feet are made for needle-in-the-middle stitching only; they have a small needle hole right in the middle

Pfaff Narrow Edge foot Note that this foot has a wide needle slot, so you can adjust the needle position left and right, or do zig-zag stitches or other wide stitches.

Here's a video showing additional uses for a Narrow Edge/Edge Joining foot: How to use the Brother Edge Joining foot

If you can adjust the needle position left and right, the Narrow Edge foot becomes very useful. I've used it for edge stitching (running a line of stitching very close to the edge/fold of a neckline, for example), understitching facings (move the needle over to stitch on the seam allowances, then stitch with the guide in the well of the seam), top stitching, and simple straight stitched hemming (fold and press the hem, adjust the needle position, then stitch with the guide running along the upturned fold of the hem). By combining the foot with the adjustable needle positions, I find it very useful anywhere I need to stitch close to the edge of a fold, hem, binding, etc.

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Date: 6/4/13 10:09 PM

Everything CM Sews says!

If you've never had or used one once you do you'll wonder how you ever sewed without one! It's the first foot I'd buy if it didn't come with the machine. It's my most used foot beyond the basic feet.

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Date: 6/5/13 3:50 AM

Wow! Thank you everyone. That's my next purchase.
My current favourite foot is my dual feed foot.

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Date: 6/5/13 5:30 AM

Depends on the brand machine you own. The Bernina #10 foot is the first foot most of us Bernina people suggest a person buy after getting their new machine. It's great for making small pin tucks (with needle moved to far Left), edge stitching, top stitching, all sorts of things.

I had a SITD foot for my Janomes and hated that foot. Pure rubbish. Waste of money. The center blade seemed to want to push the fabric down on the throat plate and things did not feed nicely. It was a real problem on pieced quilt blocks.

So, it depends on the brand machine you own.

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Date: 6/5/13 5:50 AM

Bernina do a stitch in the ditch foot for the deal feed foot - best of both worlds.

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Date: 6/5/13 6:24 AM

Love this foot! I use it to topstitch neckline and armhole bindings in the seam, the stitching just disappears, wonderful!

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Date: 6/5/13 11:42 AM

What machine do you want it for?

I love the narrow edge foot and I can do move the needle 3-4 spaces each way when using it, as the opening is wide. I'd never buy one with a narrow opening, as I'd quickly break a needle.

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