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Showing posts with label Button Sew On Foot #18. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Button Sew On Foot #18. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

zippered pouches ~ peaceful n' thoughtful

good morning ~

here's the continuing love story i'm having with making the zippy pouches, using jelly roll fabric cuts.  this time from basic grey in neutrals.  {such a fun change for me!}

because... as i was cleaning up studio from last week's sewing fiesta, i found some great ribbons and buttons to use for this color way of designs.
and it was satisfying to use a foot that is a dream to put to work sewing on buttons ~ it's the bernina #18 button-sew-on foot.  and i love it!  
my bernina machine has a special "button-sew-on" stitch, too.  it automatically drops the feed dogs, and all you do is press the foot pedal... that is, after ensuring your needle and width fits the two holes in the buttons.  the machine stops automatically when it is finished, and it takes securing stitches, too, leaving some 'wiggle-room' space for the button, should it be used on a shirt for practical needs.
it's a pretty "peaceful" process!
and, as you can see below, i added the word "be" to this bag, as in "be peaceful."  {yes and amen!}

and just a simple little checkered ribbon for the pull:

this is the second bag in the same color way, except for the addition of the turquoise batik.  love this!!  especially since i was able to use scraps leftover from making rachel's placemats.
button~button... who's got the button? it's a dive into a pretty jar full of buttony goodness to find it~!
 one thing about doing two bags at the same time, in the same colorway... i stitched the zipper enclosures at the same time.... leaving a nice big tail at the back and the front to keep from unnecessary thread entanglements!  {i don't appreciate that drama!}  hint:  make sure at least one side of the feed dogs is solidly under at least most of the fabric.  hold onto the thread tails when you begin, too... {and a straight-stitch plate is very nice for this part of the sewing}.
tips:  line up your ruler with the center seam and point of the bag, in order to ensure a great seam meet-up.  

i free motion quilted the words, "she is thoughtful" on this bag, using magnifico thread ~ my favorite.

did you happen to catch the additional embellishment using silver dazzle thread {also from superior threads}? using that favorite and oh-so-easy, and quite lovely #39 couching foot ~ aka the clear embroidery foot from bernina.  i think it adds that special touch... {but it may be just me?!} you know if you've been reading my blog... i use this alot.  alot!   too bad it was a cloudy day, and the metallic thread isn't picking up the shine, like it does for real.
and they make a lovely duo of zippy strippy bags:
 my zippy pouches are now listed in the etsy store, too! 

so thanks for hanging out with me and my bags!!  lol
blessings on your day!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Bernina Button Sew On Foot #18

This is a favorite foot for many applications. I use it quite often.  I teach this technique in our Bernina Mastery classes (every Monday evening at Bernina Silver Thimble!).  I love showing it as it's so slick!

Attach your foot.  Go to the buttonhole section on your Bernina machine.  You will see there is a special stitch, just for sewing on buttons automatically! (Stitch highlighted in blue to the right).  Most Bernina's (except maybe the very low end models) have this 'sewing on a button' as a stitch!  If you do have it, it will be found in the buttonhole section on your machine.  Mine is Stitch #60 on my 830 machine, as you can see in the photo right.  

Once that stitch is selected, your machine will automatically drop the feed dogs.  It's a stitch  programmed into the machine!
Notice the special black rubber grippers that help stabilize the button underneath the foot and keep it from moving.  The metal bar of the foot is positioned over the 'bridge' (that's what I call it) of the button, in between the two holes.  Did you know that most button holes on buttons (even this big one) are the same distance apart?  Even so, it's always a good precaution to make sure your needle will pierce the center holes of the button, and you can  pre-test it with your hand wheel.  

Once your alignment is 'spot-on' -- press on the foot pedal, and the machine does the rest!  It will automatically take three securing stitches to begin, placing them in the left hand side of the buttonhole.  It then switches to the zig zag, going back and forth several times, stitching over that little center bar, and when it's finished it takes three more securing stitches in the right side, and it stops, automatically!  You then just slide the foot off off your button, and you're done.  

Yes... it leaves enough 'give" from the thread to the button, so that it's not too tightly sewn on.  Just give the button a tug upward, to make all the stitches 'rally together' (as I call lit!) 

Note:  If you are sewing a button with four holes, you will want to always begin in the front, and then slide the foot back to stitch the back two holes last.   Easy Peasy!

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