|Low Shank Stitch in the Ditch Foot|
So after a few goes with the SITD foot, I switched to my Walking Foot for my Featherweight. I love using this foot for straight line and channel quilting. I had not used it for stitching in the ditch before. Now I should add here right now that I own multiple sewing machines and one of them is my Brother PQ1500 which I use for most of my quilting - walking foot and free motion. The walking foot for the Brother machine looks like this.... you can see right up the centre of the foot, up to the needle so you can really see where you are quilting "in the ditch". The walking foot for my Featherweight does not have such a clear view of the needle and I found it difficult to stitch in the ditch accurately. Now this could just be me because I'm so spoilt having the big Brother machine but anyway I eventually switched over to the Brother to finish the quilting. I'm almost done! I finished up the ditch quilting and now I'm doing some straight lines down each side of the seam, walking foot width. I have not decided if I will do anything close to the animal embroidery as yet.
|Brother PQ1500 walking foot|
This sewing machine is straight stitch only.
|Note the reminder on top of the machine - last time I did|
Free Motion Quilting I was having dramas and only
right at the end when I was almost finished I noticed
that one of the thread guides had been missed!
That won't be happening again!
So as you can see, it's all about trial and error......... I love all of my sewing machines and I try and give each one a chore on a regular basis so each one gets some use and maintenance. My Featherweight 222K is a great piecing machine (and very handy to take away from home for sewing as it's so small) and I love it for straight line, channel and free motion quilting on a small project. I have said this before.... I think it's the best Free Motion Quilting I have ever done. I love the special foot that April sells for this purpose, it is the best foot I have ever used. It's a great top stitching machine too. My big Brother machine is great for all quilting especially Stitch in the Ditch and Free Motion. So it's okay with me that my Featherweight won't be used for stitching in the ditch, she has plenty to keep her busy!
If you are new to my Blog and you're wondering how many machines I have... two treadles, one 201K knee shift, one 222K featherweight, one 99K hand crank, one Brother quilters edition and the Brother PQ1500. and an overlocker!
A rainy cool day today (thank heavens! those hot days were a bit of a shock!!). Tomorrow I will hopefully finish off the quilting and get the binding on!
Happy Sewing and Cheers from Helen