Saturday 22nd April 11am to 2pm
Join us for cake and tea and sewing patchwork hexagons, raising money for Amnesty International
Children and novice sewists most welcome!
These are an essential foot in my humble opinion. It allows you to get the sewing machine needle up and close to the teeth of your zip. That gives you more control of the end result of your project.
The foot has two sides to it, a left and a right. You need a clip on adaptor to fit the foot in the photo. You then clip it on to either side, depending on which side of the teeth you are sewing. If you’re not sure which side you need, clip the foot on to one side and then put your project underneath. If you’re not as close as you want to be, move the foot to the other side.
The zipper foot is also great for sewing in piping cord trim. It means you can get close to the cord itself, leaving less of the flange visible.
The foot can also come as a screw on version, meaning you don’t need the clip on adaptor.
A further variation is the invisible zipper foot.
Make sure your machine needle is in the right position before you sew. To check, fit the foot and then slowly lower the needle using the fly wheel on the right hand side of the machine (that’s the wheel on the end). If the needle hots the foot, adjust the position before you start sewing. On some machines you can move the needle with a button marked L, M & R (left, middle and right).
Check the machine is set for a straight stitch. This foot can’t be used with a zig zag stitch-the needle will hit the foot and break.
Popular with quilters, this foot can be a little daunting to approach. Fear not, it is a very simple piece of engineering and a must have foot.
The foot is ideal for thick, quilt sandwiches but also favoured by sewists using jersey fabrics to minimise stretch as they sew.
The premise of the foot is simple, it have a second set of feed dogs to compliment the lower feed dogs, helping to pull bulkier fabrics through your machine. The upper feed dogs are moved by a lever that you connect to the top of the needle bar. As the needle moves up and down, it moves the feed dogs at the same time.
If you have a clip on adaptor-this needs to be removed before you can fit the walking foot. You need to wrap the foot around the screw hole on the presser foot bar. Before you screw it together, make sure the lever on the right of the foot is resting on the needle bar screw. Then you can attach the screw.
If you find that you are getting very small stitches despite having selected a longer stitch length, you may find the walking foot of use. Small stitches are indicative of the fabric not being able to progress under the presser foot as quickly as you may wish.
The Keen Sewist’s Christmas Wish List
Cooking done. Glass of wine at hand and presents that are all to do with sewing. Lush!!!!
If you’re stuck for a last minute present for the sewist in your life for Christmas you will not go wrong with books, fabrics, patterns needles and threads. Oh and may be a new sewing box to store those bits and bobs we all love to stash.
Fat quarters are handy sized pieces of fabric and there is so much you can do with them! Here are 5 ideas:
You are in the fabric shop and wow, the choice! Where to start? These top tips should help you make the right choices.
*Pongee is a soft thin woven cloth. In the early 20th century, pongee was an important export from China to the United States. Pongee is still woven in silk by many mills across China, especially along the banks of the Yangtze at mills in Sichuan, Anhui, Zhejiang and Jiangsu provinces. . Generally it varies in weight from 36 to about 50gm/sq m. In lighter variants, it is called Paj. It is used as a blouse weight or lining silk.
Are your lunchtimes a little same same? Why not join us for a little midday sewing (in the warm and dry). Every Wednesday lunchtime we settle down with a different project like the silk fish below, and enjoy some creativity. Just come and join us, no booking required.
Where? Crafty Baba, 32 St Peters Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 1XB
When? 12.15-1pm every Wednesday
How much? £4 per person including materials