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Showing posts with label Bernina Foot #20. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bernina Foot #20. Show all posts

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Bernina Foot #20 for $20

Every once in a while, I'm asked "what's your favorite foot?"  I've even been asked for a list of "the top ten feet."  This foot is one that is definitely in the top five! 

The ever-hard working, open-toed, #20 foot. Great for decorative stitches, visibility, blanket stitch applique, couching, and 'sew' much more...  you can find out more about it, by using the search box on the blog, and typing in 'Bernina foot #20' to find those posts...

I organized my sewing feet recently, and discovered I have FIVE of them now.  They were accumulated over time, from mom's old machine to buying it with my very first machine, and a few were included when I bought more recent machines.   

It's always good to have an extra... and I always have one handy and on call at the sewing table because I use it so very much. I also keep one packed in my traveling case for class, as a spare, or to lend a student in need... 

In case anyone needs this most hard-working, 'must have' foot, I'm offering two of them FOR SALE.  It also happens to be a coded foot (or "C" foot)  which is more costly than one that is not coded.  And it will work great on any  Bernina machine (beginning with those manufactured at least 12 years ago, and/or newer).  If you are a Bernina owner, and don't understand the details the "coded" feet, please see my post about that subject by clicking here!

Regular 'brand spanking new' price is at least $32 (USA).
I'm offering these for $20 (includes shipping; USA only) 
Just leave a comment if you want to purchase, and I'll be in touch with you. If you are a 'no reply' commenter, then I will go to the next person, and so on.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Bookmark It!

You know, I think it's kind of funny; it shows my age, for sure. When I was growing up, a bookmark was a paper thing; meant for books. Nowadays, it's more common for it to be a computer thing; bookmarking your 'favorites' on the computer.  Not a bad thing at all.  But thankfully, this isn't a computer thing.  Not at all.  It's a sewing thing.  Thank goodness!

Anyway, without digressing further, here's my latest paper-fabric, quilted, bookmark.  Special ordered by my sweet sister, Lisa.  

This is the lesson.  Cut it up. And be free.  Hey, I didn't even change my bobbin thread... just wanted to be a rebel tonight.  I'm okay with it. 
Or at least in half.  You will surprise yourself at how much more interesting a piece can become.  Less predictable.  More surprising.  Taking dull and boring... into detailed, and interesting.   (If only I could do the same thing with my wardrobe.) 
 I start with a straight stitch, moving my needle position to the right several positions, just so it lines up with the needle position of the zig zag stitch I set up, so that the right swing of my needle goes off the edge of the fabric. 

 Using the #20 open toe foot makes turning the corners a delight.  Great visibility.  Love that.

The very last thing... I added sparkly.  You knew it, didn't you?!  I can't help myself.  I have a problem.  But it's not a bad problem, is it?

 So what do you think of it cut up? 

 Just "Bookmark It!"  Hope you like it Lisa.  Not this one.  The other one.  Hint:  It has "Linda" quilted in it.


Friday, September 9, 2011

Dancing With Bright Eyes

The latest.  A paintstik background, rubbed with numerous rubbing plates, and lots of different colors overlapping each other on some hand dyed fabric you're not sure what do with! Let the paint dry, and heat set it with an iron. Add a curved border.
Add a little bit of couching.  Use several yarns!  Why not?
Use a pretty batik backing you've had in your stash for five years.  Yeah, baby!
Take a look at your fabulous bookstore of quilting inspiration.  Courtesy of Patsy Thompson's "Hyper quilting" (a must-have for any serious or beginning quilter, I might add).  Decide on a motif.  (Practice first but not on your original piece!)
Go over it with another line of quilting, using a different, but fun color of thread.  Add some bling baby!  Move your feet -- I mean, use those feet! Click here: (#20 or #39 Bernina feet), or use use the search function on the blog to see more info I've posted on both of these feet).  Sew add a bit of couching onto the curved edge border, and why not on the binding, too?  Yahoo!

And take it outside into the garden area, so it can perform a happy dance with your sunflowers. 
Or dance the Mambo yourself!
And celebrate!

You're Done.  Nice finish!  EnJOY the fruits of your labor.


Thursday, August 4, 2011

Postcard Zig Zag and a Tutorial

Temporary Altered Stitch Memory.  In my humble opinion, one of THE most under-used and not very well understood feature on Bernina sewing machines.  If you use it, then you already know how valuable it can be. I love this feature, and I use it all the time, as well as every time I sew a zig zag edge on my postcards. 
The picture above shows a postcard that has been mostly finished with stitching.  I'm just going to end my stitching (above) with my altered straight stitch. 

When I first begin to stitch on the postcard edge, I set my straight stitch to .50 to .70 in length. The picture below shows a top 'blinking bar' as I call it, much like a cursor on a computer screen, (which this really is). It indicates the default setting of the straight stitch.  It also shows the stitch set at a .70 (see it on the far left of the top left of the sewing machine screen).  You can also see the needle position, as it happens to be set one position to the left of center.  The center dot has three dots. (See below).  Sometimes I prefer to go two positions to the left, too.
These straight stitch settings work in conjunction with the zig zag that I'm going to set next.  It is somewhat  relative to the width of your zig zag, so you may want to adjust one more needle position to the left, depending on how wide your zig zag is set. THE KEY is to set needle position so that both your straight stitch and your zig zag (the left swing of it) will match up... and overlap each other... so you can't see where your straight stitch is (for the most part).   In the  picture below, my zig zag is set to a width of 5.8 (second set of numbers) and to a length of .90, or less is fine, too. You want a small stitch. One that won't unravel.  Ever try to pick out those tiny little stitches?!  That's what you WANT in this application!  But also not so tiny that they end up cutting through the cardstock paper on the back!
So I start out with the straight stitch. (And I end with it too). I've purposely set it for a very, very tiny stitch... this is to anchor my stitches so they won't unravel, and to make it secure on the postcard.  I'm stitching through cardstock on the back... so I want to be careful not to cut through the paper... and so threads won't unravel.  It's a nice finish. You will hopefully see that the needle is just off center; positioned just one notch to the left for a reason I'll explain further down. After 4 or 5 stitches, I switch to the zig zag, and stitch all around the postcard.  If necessary, I adjust my top tension by loosening it as needed, based on what the stitches are looking like.  I use a polyester thread 40 weight, on top, and a cotton (50 wt) or a polyester (40 weight) on the bobbin.
Just starting out here... And I use my #20 open toe foot. Love it in this application as it allows such great visibility, and a perfect guide. I use the inside edge of the right side toe as my guide, so that it rides on the outer edge of the postcard, (see pic above) so that I get perfect placement with the right hand swing of the needle coming off the edge of the postcard.  Why?  Because a Bernina "can sew on air" and still makes a great quality stitch.  This also keeps the needle from having to puncture the paper (which is on the backside of the card), which only helps that needle to stay sharper, longer.  Yes... paper will dull your needle quite quickly.  I'm using a 90/14 topstitch and/or microtex needle.

If you don't like those settings, or wish to re-set them, you only need to hit 'clr' (button on the lower right).  Please know... it IS NOT NECESSARY TO TURN OFF YOUR MACHINE!  I see alot (I mean alot!) of ladies do this in classes... because they do not understand how stitches are saved/stored in the machine, or how to use their temporary altered stitch memory!  TASM for short or... (don't have a spasm!)  TASM stays with your machine, saving the settings EXACTLY as you have modified them; whether it's length, width, needle position or even tension settings (computerized tension settings only)... until you either clear them, OR... turn your machine off. If you've modified any stitch, hitting "clr" will always take your stitch to the default settings of width and length that were built into that stitch originally. That's what a default setting is, plain and simple.

By the way, these pics were taken on my Bernina 450 9mm machine when I was at the cabin a few weeks ago, sewing on the postcards.  It is a lovely, mid-priced machine; about $1800 if you get it on sale.  I give personal lessons on it, too. Just so ya know. You don't need a fancy machine to do these BASIC techniques!  Temporary Altered Stitch Memory is standard on all Bernina computerized machines, from the Activa line to the very top models.
If you would like a printed tutorial, I have one I've created.   I've drawn a diagram too.  If you think you might find these documents helpful to you, just contact me, and I will email it to you as a pdf document. You can then download and print it.
I hope this was helpful in some small way.  If not, please let me know, and I'll do my best to clear it up for you.  Smiles!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

What is a Bernina "Coded" Foot?

When teaching, I find alot of students don't know what a "coded foot" is out there in Bernina-Land! Here are a few facts I hope you will find helpful and informative, so you WILL know the difference the next time you contemplate buying a foot... coded, or not! 

Pictured below are three 'varieties' of the exact same foot, which happens to be the ever-popular (Bernina) #20 foot, or open-toe foot. Most commonly used in  applique formats and many times the favorite choice foot for decorative stitching such as the blanket stitch.  This foot provides excellent visibility for exact placement of your stitches. 

The two on the right are the "coded" feet, or "C" feet, and they are labeled as such on the package. Coded feet have "magnifier-type" pieces (I call them frog eyes!) at the top of the shank of the foot.  And ... "C" feet are more expensive; approximately $10 or so more, depending on the foot involved or machine model.

The foot at far left is an 'uncoded' foot typically used for 5 mm machines, which would be the Bernina machines 440 models and below.

The foot in the middle is a #20C foot for a 9mm machine.  (See the frog eyes at the top of the shank?)  C stands for 'code' for the computer in the sewing machine, which 'tells' the sewing machine to stitch out at various wider widths - up to 9mm.

The foot in the far right is like a combo C/D foot.  It's labeled as the #20D foot, but it is also a C (coded) foot as well --- see the frog eyes?! "D" means 'dual feed" and this is a feature that is available only in the new 800 series models (Bernina 820 and 830).  It too, could be used on any type of machine, even the 5mm machines.  However, notice the 'horseshoe' type of metal shank -- this D foot has twice the metal of a normal shank.  And is specifically engineered for the Bernina Dual Feed and it helps the foot function as a walking foot.  It would be a waste of money to buy a "D" foot if you don't have the fancy machine, (as they are at least $15-$20 more than a 'regular' foot).

So what to buy, when? If you, in the future, are wanting to buy feet for a a Bernina, consider the type of machine you have (5mm vs 9mm).  Keep in mind that all coded and non-coded feet fit all of the Bernina machines 12 years or newer.  The two feet pictured below are an example of why it may be worth it to buy a foot in the coded and uncoded versions! They look the same from the top, but the bottoms of each foot are different --- and they are meant to do different (as well as the same) techniques!  They are the braiding and piping/tricot foot #12 and #21. Note: The #12 on the left is mismarked.  It wore off a few years ago, and I mistakenly wrote #12 on it!  It's really a #21)
Quilt:  "Hold On To Your Dreams"

Look at the picture below to see the differences in the bottom of the two feet and consider the following as reasons why you might consider buying both types:
1.  A coded foot has a much wider foot base.
2.  A coded foot can be used on a 5mm machine OR a 9mm machine! Did you know the same is also true of an uncoded foot? However, bear in mind that if you attach an uncoded foot to your 9mm machine, your stitch width is limited to 5mm. 
3.  An uncoded foot will also work on any machine... and the reverse is also true.  If you have a 9mm machine, you may consider/want to get a 5mm foot because of it's specific capabilities and size dimensions.
4.  If you think you MAY upgrade to a 9mm machine, you should consider spending a little more now (rather than alot more later)... on a coded foot. 
Same foot on the top... but the left foot's bottom accommodates larger cords in the "C" or coded foot
Why should you buy a coded foot (9mm) if you don't own a 9mm machine? Because the foot base has a bit more stability on the fabric, might have more visibility for you, and covers more fabric/area depending on the type of foot, and application you are using.  Some cordings are quite a bit larger than what the 5 mm foot will accommodate. Therefore, the coded foot works much nicer for attaching very large cords, piping, & etc, for embellishment and home decorating techniques. 

If you'd like to know more, check out Bernina's "Feetures" Books.  They will TELL ALL about every foot Bernina makes.  And I do mean, ALL! They are a wonderful resource.  Your Bernina dealer should have them in stock.

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