Tid bits from the rambling mind of a quilter/designer.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Feet: Patchwork Foot #37 or #57?
So which to pick? Why not get both?
#37 Patchwork Foot (1/4" foot) is my go to quilt piecing foot. I like this foot a little more than #57 (1/4" foot with guide) for piecing because sometimes the guide on #57 will affect how seamed fabric will move under the foot.
Both feet have notched sides that indicate 1/4" start and stop points for turning perfect corners. Also, the inside of the toes work to sew an 1/8" seam. I like that these feet will work similar to a straight stitch foot and can be combined with a straight stitch plate for ultimate stitch control. Want even more control? Buy an 8 Series machine and have #37D, the dual feed option, which is basically a built in walking foot! Even more luxurious, with dual feed you can adjust the settings to feed the fabric at just the right accuracy for your project and materials. No joke! It's awesome sewing.
I typically use #57 with the guide for topstitching garments and bags. It works great for new quilters learning about 1/4" seam allowance. I like it when I have no other seamed pieces. I do recommend both, but if you have to get just one, make it #37. Who has both patchwork feet? and which one do you prefer?