Foot Fetish

I have a confession to make. I have a serious foot fetish. It just started recently. About 6 months ago I think. About the time I started working on quilts. The darning foot available for my Singer started it all. I had no idea how to do free motion quilting on a machine. So after multiple You Tube videos, I realized that I needed a different foot to help me on my journey. This discovery led me on another one, in which I realized that I could also change out the feet on my serger and insert elastics, cording, ruffles, and so much more. I was hooked.

Recently I bought a Brother SE400 Embroidery and Sewing machine from Amazon. I wanted to do the embroidery work and thought it would be great to have a computerized sewing machine. Along with my machine came a whole slew of different feet for attaching zippers, zig-zags, buttons, and much more. I immediately bought a 1/4 inch piecing foot and am waiting on my walking foot to arrive. I use these feet all of the time. They make my sewing so much easier.

In fact, for the embroidery portion of the machine it requires a special embroidery foot. I had stitched multiple items in the first few weeks, marveling over the beauty of stitching I didn’t have to do. A quilt project came my way that required multiple words embroidered on the background. I wasted a lot of thread and material, learning how to stitch the letters so they would line up and be straight. Anyway, I was ready to work on a portion of it and had all of my stabilizer on, the material hooped up, and my machine threaded. I set up the word and was let it go. To my utter horror the stitching started bunching up under the foot, the stitches were skipping, and the fill in was not filling in. I nearly cried because this had already been a four day project.

So I went down to Hobby Lobby to get my normal stabilizer, thinking that the Sulky iron-on must be the problem. I bought more thread and was walking back up to the register when it hit me like a ton of bricks. I hadn’t changed out the foot on my machine. I was using the zig-zag foot instead of the embroidery foot. I couldn’t get home fast enough to fix my error.

Foot fetishes are a good thing. I have my eye on a binding foot and a ruffler. I mean, how can I possibly sew my best if I don’t have all of the equipment necessary to do so? And I’m sorry if you were disappointed that I don’t have a REAL foot fetish. But I think this one is much cleaner and less smelly. 🙂

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Kathy
    Apr 22, 2012 @ 20:39:03

    Girl you said Hobby Lobby and I knew this was my kind of blogging site:) I just started to blog, I sew and crafty and I love H.L.!!! Come on over and join me at http://www.sewcraftykathy.blogspot.com

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