I was hoping for a finish this morning but I’m running late, so this turned out to be a post on using the right foot for your machine. I am a BERNINA girl, so you’ll see BERNINA feet, but the same goes for your brand.
At the time I thought this was it. On a whim, I tried orange:
Hands down, this was the win.
I decided it needed ruler work, a good call. I freehanded the pieced blocks, which you can readily tell if you look closely (don’t you dare!)
I hope to have a finish posted next week.
Which brought me to a great lesson on feet – you MUST use the correct foot for your machine to get the best results. Always. This is such a great example for your choice of ruler foot.
If you are going to do ruler work,
get the ruler foot for your machine, not a generic.
Okay, this is just my opinion, but it is strongly held and for good reason. Yes, I know the ruler foot for your machine is a zillion dollars, more expensive than any of your regular feet. But there is a lot of design and engineering in that foot and it is worth it. The BERNINA foot is something like $85 and most other brands are less, but in the $60 range.
My BERNINA foot in action. Note the high walls around the perimeter, the prominent notch in the front, the marking of the center of the foot’s front, the great visibility around the needle area. This is what you want…and pay for.
Generic foot. Allegedly, because it’s clear, you get superior visibility. Not. Note how the line behind the foot is distorted, skewed to the right? Yeah. You say it’s distorted because I don’t have the foot aligned with the line. How would I know – there is no marking of the center point on the front of the foot.
Worse yet, the level of the cutout on the front is right at the level of the ruler. When that ruler is in front of the foot, it is super easy for the ruler to slide up over the foot at the notch. Not. Good.
If you try ruler work out using a generic foot (until you decide if you like it enough to invest in the foot made for your machine), it’s likely you will not enjoy ruler work. It’s too fussy and you have wobbly lines and you can’t see where you’re going.
Get the ruler foot for your machine.
Another trend making the rounds is to use your ruler foot for free motion quilting even when not using a ruler. Nope:
I’m trying to make a spiral with my ruler foot on. How on earth can I make those lines evenly spaced? The fat profile of the ruler foot obliterates my view of the stitching at the beginning of the spiral.
Same spot, proper foot. Huge difference, greatly increased visibility. Ruler feet are for ruler work, free motion feet are for most of your other free motion work.
In other news, I saw my Grandson over the weekend! He lives in the San Francisco Bay area, about 2 hours from me. As a gift to my Daughter-in-law, I made 4 days of meals plus leftovers, filling their frig:
Those were both packed to the brim! I know they appreciated that and besides, the Little Guy is not ready to go out to eat. We enjoyed great meals together, at home, without the hassle of prep or travel.
My son and DIL do not wish to have their son’s image all over social media so you won’t see photos of him here. Sniff, sniff; I would love to show you how adorable he is!
You get to see the top of his little head and that New Gramma Smile (NGS)! I’ve seen that smile all over my FaceBook timeline. There is nothing like a NGS, no vacation photos top it, no standing-in-front-of-my-award-winning-quilt-smiles can top it. I am now a part of the club and loving it!
I love it when seasons of my favorites converge – it’s prime artichoke season and the Suma orange is still available. Heaven! BTW, the Suma is so huge that one Suma is 150 calories. Let me interpret that – it is equivalent to 3 squares of Trader Joe’s Organic Dark Chocolate! Life can be filled with the most difficult of decisions…
I’ll be linking up: