Sewing, crafting, inspiration…
Most of the presser feet you change on your machine are changed by simply pressing on a button at the back of the presser foot holder. The current foot drops off and you clip on another foot. However, some feet attachments have a holder arm, which needs to be screwed onto the presser foot arm.
1. Ensure machine is turned off at power
2. Raise the presser foot lever
3. Raise needle to highest position
4. Remove the current presser foot, by pressing the button at back of foot holder
5. Remove the foot holder, by loosening the screw at the left hand side of the presser arm.
1. Attach the embroidery foot, by bringing the holder part of the foot around the back of the presser arm and hook it on between the screw head and presser arm.
2. Hold the foot in place with right hand whilst you tighten up the screw. Ensure it’s tightened up securely.
1. Lower the feed dogs (the teeth under the needle area that pull the fabric through) – refer to your manual for how to do this. Mine has a sliding button at the back of the free arm, which is accessed by removing the sewing extension table. If your machine can’t have the feed dogs lowered, use a darning plate in conjunction with the foot to cover them.
2. The thread tension should usually be adjusted to a lower setting as well, best to experiment with the settings on your machine. Thread the machine up as normal.
3. Get your fabric and start stitching. I pull the threads out to the side or back and once I’ve stitched a little. I trim away the excess thread from the beginning so that it doesn’t get in the way and get tangled up, as you move the fabric around. Practice moving the fabric around and seeing what happens. Move it around randomly or in shapes, flower/leave shapes, side to side, move it slowly, move it quickly… See what effect you can get. Change thread colours to build it up.
4. Hold the fabric with both hands and guide it in whatever direction you want the needle to go. I didn’t bother using an embroidery hoop in the picture above but probably best to use one to keep your fabric taut.
5. You could also use image templates to great effect. Draw / transfer designs straight onto the fabric, using air-erasable / washable fabric markers or you could use water soluble stabiliser – trace your design on to the stabiliser (pencil is fine, don’t use felt tip pen it’ll stain your stitching or fabric when you remove the stabiliser). Place the stabiliser on top of the fabric, fit the hoop and stitch away. Soak the stabiliser to remove afterwards, in cold or warm water. it will disappear as if by magic!!