Fabric feeding isn’；t something we think about very often， but it can be important to the final results of your sewing projects. Poor？feeding of the fabric can result in mismatched patterns， ill-fitting garments， and misaligned projects. Walking Foot #50 and the Dual Feed available on some BERNINA models can help. They both have similar functions –； moving the top fabric while the bottom fabric is moved by the feed dog. This helps control shifting and moving of the layers of fabric and/or batting. Even though they have comparable purposes， the way they accomplish their goals is different and gives slightly different results.
Firstlinen cushion covers， let’s understand how every sewing machine moves fabric. It is all done by the feed dog. The presser foot holds the fabric down and as the feed dog moves， it takes the fabric with it. It is actually moving the lower fabric that is sitting on the feed teeth and the upper piece of fabric is just going along for the ride. That’s why， at the end of the stitching， the two pieces may be mismatched， sometimes very slightly and sometimes quite a bit， depending on the type of fabric being stitched. Keep reading to find out which presser feet are best for getting good feeding results with your BERNINA sewing machine.christmas gifts for dad
Next， let’s take a look at how both the Walking Foot and the Dual Feed function work：
The Walking Foot and the Dual Feed function？are both good tools to help avoid the fabric shifting， pattern misalignment and general imprecise stitching.
See what happens when you sew the same type of fabric with Reverse Pattern Foot #1C (on the left) and Walking Foot #50 (on the right).
Find tips for sewing with Walking foot #50 here， and read all about quilting with the Walking foot #50 here.
Using a dual feed foot to match plaids is a perfect way to see the value of a dual feed presser foot. The photo below shows plaid fabric pieces seamed together using Reverse Pattern Foot #1C. The？ fabric pieces shift and one feeds slightly faster than the other， causing the plaids to be slight mismatched. The problem is that even if the plaids almost match， the garment has a “；homemade”； look to it.
Stitching the plaid with Reverse Pattern Foot #1D is a different story. Both layers feed together and the result is perfectly matched plaid fabrics.
Find more tips for sewing with Dual Feed here.
There are eleven presser feet that are available as Dual Feed feet. All of these feet work with the Dual Feed feature of specific BERNINA models. Some come with the machine and others are optional accessories. I use all of these Dual Feed presser feet on my B 790 PLUS and they will work on all BERNINA models that have the Dual Feed function.
Reverse Pattern Foot #1D is an all-purpose foot and works well for forward-feed and multi-motion decorative stitches.
Zipper Foot #4D？makes it possible to stitch next to zipper coils. This foot requires the use of a far right or far left needle position.
Jeans Foot #8D is a straight stitch foot that concentrates needle power for better penetration when sewing through thick， heavy， dense layers.
Edgestitch Foot #10D has a guide to help stitch perfectly straight along a seam or edge； great for in-the-ditch stitching.
Zipper Foot with Guide #14D has an adjustable guide for sewing evenly-spaced laps when inserting zippers.
Open Embroidery Foot #20D is for 9 mm decorative stitching； similar to Embroidery Foot #6 but has？the front cut away for better visibility of the stitching area.
Clear Foot #34D is similar to Reverse Pattern Foot #1/1C/1D， but has a clear sole for increased stitch？visibility.
Patchwork Foot #37D is a straight stitch foot that makes sewing ？”； and ？”； seams easy and precise.
Non-Stick Zigzag Foot #52D has a special coating on the sole that lets it slide over plastic， leather， and？other “sticky” fabrics.
Patchwork Foot #57D is identical to Foot #37， with an added guide for extra insurance for precision stitching.
Patchwork Foot with Guide #97D fits the feed teeth of BERNINA models with a maximum of 9mm stitch width. A separate patchwork guide attaches to the bed of the sewing and comes with the foot.
For more information on the feet in this post， see The Big Book of Feet at your local BERNINA store.
Saturday, I decorated the home of the EnjoyHolidaysBetter winner from Time Warner Cable. Their dining room had a great view of a wooded area. It inspired me to bring the outside in to warm up their home for the holidays. One way I did this, was creating wood chip place card holders. It was not only easy, but free.
?So excited to have Sara from The Aqua House here again today, sharing this DARLING Raindrop Pillow Tutorial.? This makes me all sorts of excited for spring!
Look at that so-cute-I-could-cry baby headband! I came across this picture at Post Road Vintage while surfing the web. She made the headband using an adorable no-sew Rolled Fabric Flower tutorial she found at My Sparkle. I asked the tute author, Danielle, to share the how-to with us so we could all make adorable baby headbands too!Take it away Danielle from My Sparkle…So I am jumping on the bandwagon and loving all the rolled fabric flowers I’ve seen here and there. We decided to make some with the girls in our church youth group, but I couldn’t find a great tutorial on how to make them so I played around and this is what I came up with. Enjoy!