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I love creating art. I love the Creator! And through that love, I find a little slice of heaven on earth and I give Him all the glory! It's a great adventure and I'm excited to see what's around the bend! Come join me, won't you?

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Bernina #10 Edgestitch foot

The #10 Edgestitch Foot!  It looks almost identical to the #5 foot, but it IS different, and has it's own unique and fun applications the #5 doesn't have/can't do! 

Because I get that question alot in the mastery classes I teach, I thought I would show you one of the most simple and basic functions I use this foot for.  Although it would seem the two feet are like twins... they are different, I promise!  The #5 is also a foot that is routinely included with most machines; the #10 is not. 

So here is a picture of the #10; the bar that you see in the pic below extends only to the front of the foot.  Not so with the #5 Foot.  The bar or blade-like piece of metal extends almost all the way back to where the needle pierces the fabric, meaning if you don't change your needle position with the #5 foot, you will instantly...break your needle!  The blade on the #10 doesn't extend all the way back, so it gives you a center needle position, that matches exactly the center of the bar, thereby giving you ease in achieving perfect placement of your stitch --exactly where you want it!
The most common way I use my #10 edge stitch foot is to "stitch in the ditch."  This is one of my favorite ways to go about 'defining my space" on the BACK of my quilt, so I can employ bobbin play where I want it go as I quilt from the back.  I can then see the 'defined' area I want to stitch with bobbin threads, because that fabric area is now defined (from the front of the quilt).

If you don't have a walking foot, the #10 foot is a wonderful substitute.  Sure, you can use your walking foot too, but it doesn't have that slick little blade as a guide... until now.  Bernina has just very recently made a third sole for the walking foot, and it is just like the #10 with the bar as you see above.  I have been told it will cost almost as much as a regular foot.  So, if you already have this foot, you don't really need to buy the third sole for the walking foot... unless of course, you really want to!

The best way to get perfect placement 
is to watch the center guide bar - not the needle. The bar is your 'best friend' for visibility so you place your stitches precisely... which is what I love! 
I use a thread that blends with one of the fabrics, and find it's advantageous to lengthen my stitch a bit too.
One thing I really appreciate about BERNINA... they are great on education and their website is PHENOMENAL!  You can sign up for their free newsletters, download instructions w/free projects, and see VIDEOS of many of their feet.  You won't be disappointed.  You can find out more about all of that and the #10 Edgestitch foot here!

I hope you will check back on tomorrow's post showing you a very cool technique for what I refer to as a 'scalloped edge'  using the #10 foot.  There is more to it than meets the eye!  Find out more about this basic utility foot and put your sewing skills to work for you in quilting and beyond!  

1 comment:

jdh said...

Thank you! I was wondering what was the difference between these two feet (I bought my first Bernina yesterday, and I'm very new to sewing!), and this post explains it perfectly and clearly. Thanks!

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