Pearl & Piping Foot

July 26, 2010 in General, Tips & Tricks

I love trying different feet for my sewing machine, it’s always an adventure and I learn a lot. My latest find is the Pearl & Piping Foot¬†from Baby Lock.

Baby Lock Pearl & Piping FootI recently used this foot to attach a string of beads to a project I’ve been slowly working on. My confidence had me overly hiped about how easy this would be — I can do it in no time, this will only take a second! Little did I know…

After several needle breaks, jamming the machine (which causes an awful noise), and all of my patience, I finally finished. Here is what I learned:

• Reduce the pressure on the presser foot (you can do this in the settings for you machine, consult you manual for assitance)
• You made need to raise the presser foot, depending on the size of your beads/pearls/piping
• Use a zig-zag stitch that is slightly wider than your beads/pearls/piping
• When going around corners and making turns widen or lengthen your stitch
‚Ä¢ Sew slowly, it isn’t a race
‚Ä¢ Consider wearing safety eyewear, just in case you do break¬†a needle (or in my case, three) — you don’t want it to fly back and hit you in the eye (or in my case, the cheek and nose)

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