September is National Sewing month and we are going to look at Sewing with Your Feet...
The first of my favorite sewing machine feet that I would like to show you in this weekly series
are precision packed. They are the Patchwork Foot and the Quarter Inch Quilting Foot w/Guide. They have many similarities, but I use them both because of their unique difference.
They are both center hole needle position. The most obvious similarities are the multiple markings. A 1/4 inch marking (a must for quilting and sewing some doll clothes) from where the needle is, as well as 1/8 inch markings before and after the needle placement. The Toe(s) of the foot are 1/8 (on the left) and 1/4 wide (on the right) help keep the visual on your fabric easy.
My go-to foot for piecing my quilt blocks has the guide. It acts like a rail or fence that keeps my two layers of fabric from straying. The end result is a straight line with a precise 1/4 inch seam.
As I approach the end of a stitch line, I can easily see the 1/4 inch mark align with the edge of my fabric. Depending on my project, I can either reverse stitch (if I were stitching a binding) or pivot and begin stitching on the next edge and have a perfect 1/4 inch edge once again.
As you can see in the photo here on the left, you can achieve a perfect 1/4 inch when the guide is used. Since the guide makes contact with the needle plate, fabric does not float underneath it.
When doing Patchwork, top-stitching, or basic piecing, this is my go-to foot. Because it does not have an attached guide, you have the freedom of stitching on the top of your fabrics as well as just on the edge. It makes pivoting a breeze and gives you great versatility.
That is why this pair of feet are some of my favorites that I will be sharing with you this month!
Smiles, Sandra of Inspired Remnants LLC InspiredRemnants@gmail.com