For Christmas, I was asked what could please me and my generous Santa Claus brought me a Hiya Hiya interchangeable knitting needles set (beautiful!), a book about the history of fashion and some presser feet! I’m so lucky and thankful! I asked for an invisible zipper one, a walking foot, a binder foot and a bias tape one 🙂
I haven’t yet tried the bias ones, but the walking foot is already set up on my machine. For those of you not familiar with the concept of a walking foot (also called an even feed foot), it helps with feeding the fabric evenly because it has an extra set of teeth on top. It’s great when you have to sew slippery or stretchy fabrics, when you want fabric prints to match (with plaids for example) or when you have numerous layers of fabric or different weights of fabric. This is what happened when I sewed some bibs. Yes, very interesting sewing I know, and this was my project for the holidays: the little lady’s bibs I had previously done are too small now, especially since she has started eating other foods than milk.
I used an old bath towel and stash fabric I had originally intended to use for the Craftsy’s block of the month 2012 (ahem). As you can imagine, a towel and quilting cotton are quite different weight and don’t necessarily feed at the same speed. No problem now with the walking foot!
I am currently using it to finish a skirt I have started a couple of months ago, it’s the Ottobre 6/2013 number 11 “On Trend”. I wanted it to be a basic skirt that I could wear often in the winter. I chose a black cord fabric, can’t make it any more basic, can you? The pattern has a lining which I find great, but both fabrics again are very different, and even if I staystitched the waist of the skirt pieces, cord is still a little stretchy. Again, no problem with the walking foot. The only problem I found with this foot is that it’s a little noisy!
Yes, it’s my kitchen in the background, I did what I said I would in a previous post. I didn’t have much time yesterday, but managed to sew a seam 🙂 And this new organization seems to work for now, because I nearly finished a wearable skirt muslin last weekend.