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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?
Showing posts with label Feetures. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Feetures. Show all posts

Friday, April 8, 2011

Bernina Foot 10 for a CORDED Scalloped Edge

The unsung hero of feet!  The #10 Edgestitch foot! If you missed yesterday's post... check it out here!

A page from my "Feetures" Bernina foot book... a fabulous resource.
Did you know that you can get a free copy of the FEETURES book - VOLUME 1 with a purchase of the Walking Foot in the month of MAY?  There is a coupon in the latest Bernina "Through The Needle" -- (its FREE) -- the magazine from the Bernina website... check it out!  That is a $55.00 value or more... good in MAY only. You can subscribe to this mag via Bernina and they will email it to you in pdf format!
 Select the hem stitch; (Stitch #3) - I used a stitch width of 4.5" and a length of 4.0 as you can see on the screen shot. But you can adjust this as suits your project. 

I chose a favorite yarn, but any cord, yarn or thicker thread type will work. Choose a hem stitch...  make adjustments in width as needed... and you're on your way to a darling finish on edges of all kinds.

In the photo below, you can see that the yarn I chose is butted up to the blade... and the cord and the edge of the fabric need to come together next to the blade so that the hemstitch will stitch on the fabric, and then swing to the right to pick up the cord, and cause the cord/yarn to 'scallop.'

This is my practice piece to 'warmup' with.

Take a few minutes to practice!  You will need to get the hang of guiding the cord as well as controlling the fabric feed, as you  feed it under the foot.  You want the cord to just barely touch, or 'collide' with the left hand side of the blade, as it gets fed underneath the foot, while it's stitching. You don't want it to go underneath the fabric as it won't show if that happens.
Write your stitch number, width and length dimensions on your sample for a great resource!

I doubled a piece of fabric, and doubled it again, so that I was working with enough fabric to create a thick edge to work with.

Take a peek below at what an UPSCALE and special look this technique adds to the edge finish on this darling and very simply made baby blanket using pretty flannels. Fabtanstic! (stitch #3, width 3.0 and length 3.0)
We took 1 1/4 yards of two pieces of flannel; round off the corners (use a dinner plate!)... then place right sides together, sew a 1/2" seam,  turn right side out and press, leaving an opening to turn.

And... I am going to finish some of my art quilts with this technique.

I am sure many of you have other wonderful ideas!

If so... I'd love to hear about them.  I hope you will contact me if you do!
Thanks for reading my blog!  I appreciate it!

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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