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I am a mother, a grandmother, and a teacher. But whatever happens in my life, I keep sewing. I have worked as a political communicator and now as a teacher in my formal life. I have also written extensively on sewing. I have been a frequent contributor and contributing editor of Threads magazine and the Australian magazine Dressmaking with Stitches. My book Sew.. the garment-making book of knowledge was published in May 2018 and is available for pre-order from Amazon
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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

A quick little video on my favourite foot

 I have been using my edge stitch foot a lot lately. As a result I decided to do a quick video for folks who might not yet realize the power of this little accessory. I figure new sewists in particular would really benefit from this foot in their sewing toolbox.





35 comments:

jmafe@aol.com said...

Thank you so much for the informative video....I too love the edge foot. And yes please continue these short videos ... also your manner of teaching is so pleasent ..jmafe@aol.com

Anonymous said...

Perfect video. Love the short format. I have used this foot for years, but not in this way. Thank you so much... am headed downstairs to try it out....
Anne

Sarah Wale said...

Thanks for your tutorial. I bought an edge stitching foot after you recommended it some time ago and wonder how I ever managed without it.
I also bought some duck-bill scissors after you mentioned that you found them useful. Although I understand why I need them, I find them clumsy to use. Please could you show us how you manage yours? Thank you!
Kind regards,
Sarah

Unknown said...

Love the videos!

Mel said...

I love accessory feet. I think that I own them all! Nice video.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Barbara! I enjoyed your little tutorial the edge foot. I’ve had my eye on one of those and will definitely purchase one now.

Helen Marshall said...

Thanks Barbara, that was a great video. Love to see more. Something about the blind hem foot?

bbarna said...

Excellent! I have a drawer full of feet, and I tend to use only a few. This inspires me to try my edge foot. Thanks, Barbara
Barb from Prince George.

expat in Side said...

Thank you, I do use the edge foot, but there a quite a few more that I do not! I would love you to go through more of your favourites, Angela

Annette said...

Move the needle position! Light bulb moment! (I have a Bernina with the same type of foot and deemed it unusable/myself incompetent after breaking needle after needle on it...). Very useful video indeed!

SheilaM said...

I agree, this is a great way to learn seomthing, I am a visual learner, seeing instructions can sometimes flummox me as I cannot Envisage what they actually mean (Aphantasia). This means a video of the instructions helps me so much more! sHEILA X

Margaret said...

Fantastic as usual Barbara. I think I that I am going to have to invest in one of these.
Love the format and presentation.

Janw said...

Please keep them coming. Always good to to refresh the memory!

Patricia said...

Wow, thank you. I have never used a edge foot and just went through my accessories box, and think I have found one. So tomorrow I will give it a try. So fun to hear you talk and see your demonstration. Thanks again.

Marie said...

Love the short videos and practical information!
Suggestion: could you perhaps use a contrasting thread color when doing these little demos? Many of us are watching these on smaller devices, (and our eyesight isn’t as good as it used to be!), so it would be much easier to see.
Thanks!

theresa said...

Very good tutorial, Barb. I have a Bernina 930 and an 830 and use this foot all the time.

Pat Gottshalk said...


I first found you while watching a Schoolhouse video from Quilt market. I ordered your book immediately and look forward to your posts/blog. I am looking forward to classes with Spark and hope you do a class on flat pattern measurements. I am willing to listen to any technique you are willing to share.

Pernille Vagtholm said...

I, too, find this format super helpful, easy to search out the particular thing one needs to know.

The edge stitch foot was one of those things I didn't think I needed in my purist/cocky "I can do without!" ...But, oh my!, how much easier it is WITH this, faster, and more consistently nice.

Love your blog, by the way...

Barbquiltr said...

Thank you for your video. Very helpful! But I have to comment on your sewing machine. I recognize the Bernina 930! I have that same machine. Purchased in the 80's. It's a workhorse!

KCsewer said...

Thanks. I like the short video format.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for making this video. It's fun to learn from you. The knit binding looks so clean.

Kim said...

I love the short videos. I always forget about all the feet I have and am usually in too much of a hurry to mess with them. Your video reminds me that I would probably save time if I took a few minutes to use one.

Consuelo said...

I too love my edge stitch foot and all of my other Bernina feet...they make me, a pretty average sewist, look a whole lot more professional! Thank you for the excellent video....looking forward to more!

Lucille said...

Yes, love this type of video. I have this foot and also one similar that has a single hole for the needle. It’s for stitching in the ditch. Accessories make the sewist!

ssr said...

Love the short videos. What light is on the throat of the machine? I have the stick on light that goes to the left of the needle and have terrible glare. Would appreciate what brand is your light.

Aly said...

Love the short video Barb. I do use this foot, but have other, unused or underutilized ones.

Gail said...

I love your video. I hope you continue demonstrating what the feet can do. One suggestion would be to use a lighter thread on the dark fabric, because I could not see the finished seam. Thank you!

a said...

Thank you for the video.I actually tried using my edge foot just the other day but did not move the needle. there's the trick I didn't think of. Liked it very much


Elizabeth Jane Koura said...

I love your tips.
I especially like that they are short. It allows me to watch them when they come available, knowing that it isn't a big investment in time. Otherwise I would save them until I had more time and then forget to watch.

Thanks so much1

BeccaA said...

Thank you, Barbara, for showing us how to use the edge stitching foot. I use it often with woven fabrics but I always assumed that I had to do some sort of stretch stitch on knit edges which never worked out well. I love your short videos.

Anonymous said...

I’ve been sewing for round 50 years, and recently bought myself an edge stitching foot. You’re right, it’s brilliant. My top stitching was good, now it’s very good.
It’s got me looking at the range of feet with my grandmother’s old Bernini and considering could be achieved with the range of feet with it. Then there is the more than 100 year old Singer, we have that belonged to my husbands, great grandmother, a treadle machine, and its range of feet, ok the machine only goes forward , but these feet were surely used.
So I enjoyed your video and the fact that I’m not the only sewer who has been thinking about these special feet!!!

Marion said...

I think your videos are great! I’m edge and quarter inch feet are among my most used. I own a lot of feet and gadgets, while most get regular use some I just don’t want to take the time to practice with. I have this vision of “ some day” just sitting down and playing with them.

Unknown said...

Love your video. I also have. a Bernina 930 that came with many feet that have never been used. I plan to try this very soon.

Suggestion- when you demo you might consider using a contrasting thread so we can see the results.

azcupcake said...

Nice instruction, but the dark fabric combined with matching thread made it impossible to see detail. I hope you'll use light colored fabric and dark thread in the future.

Janet said...

Hi Barb. Nice video. One of these days I hope to finally check out all the feet I have. Particularly the ones that came with my 1962 Singer, & my even older Singer Treadle. Wonder if they will work with any of my other machines. Continue these short Videos. Thanks. Janet in Halifax!