Lost Your Embroidery Foot? The Free-Motion Quilting Foot Works Great for Embroidery, Too

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JenniferStern Jennifer Stern, contributor
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Heres my free-motion quilting foot, embroidering like a champ!

Here's my free-motion quilting foot, embroidering like a champ!

Photo: jen stern

Ever misplaced one of the presser feet to your machine? Those little pieces of plastic and metal have a way of sneaking out of my accessory box. I was in the middle of a big embroidery project for CraftStylish magazine and at some point, the embroidery foot disappeared. (I have a sneaking suspicion that my lovely Viszla doggie, Emma, may have snacked on it.) Of course, it was also in the middle of the night, so I couldn't run down to my local sewing store to buy a new foot.

Did you know that some presser feet have a stunt double? In particular, the free motion quilting foot works wonders in a pinch if your embroidery foot is missing in action. Happliy, I was able to attach my free motion foot and keep working on my project—without going into a frantic search for the missing little piece of plastic. If you find yourself in this situation, here are some tips for using a foot for something other than what it was intended.

  • Make sure that you attach the free-motion (or whatever) foot correctly.
  • Alway test your experimental technique to see if it will work without the needle hitting the foot or jamming your machine. Simply turn the hand wheel towards you a few times and watch the needle go up and down. (If you can sew in slow-motion, it should work beautifully when you press on the gas.)
  • If you find a foot that works great for something else, make note of it in your instruction manual. If you had to adjust the needle position, tension or stitch length to get great results, jot it down so your won't have to rethink it the next time!



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