Saturday, March 12, 2016


I was asked what type of foot I use for FMQ.

When I had my Janome I used this foot.  In fact I have a Janome I purchased at a garage sell that is sitting waiting for me to play on.

I had a foot similar to the one above for my Pfaff but the bottom part was plastic but since I have a need for speed (nothing like the wind in your hair).....I broke mine I am ashamed to say.

I was too cheap to buy another one.

So I went to my trusty manual and found I could use the embroidery foot.  It is plastic too so it should be wary of me.

I have been using this foot for over a year now and I love it.  The only problem is sometimes I can't see what I am doing.  I need to get an open toe foot.

Now that being said.

I won  this Insul-Bright from The Warm Company (store).  Here they are on facebook.

It truly is easy to sew and I love my table runners to be made with this so I can sit hot stuff on them and not have to worry about the table or have several pot holders to find.

I made this little runner from Caribbean Splash by Island Batik.

I say little because it is only about ten inches wide and 32 inches long. I used orphan blocks and orphan binding.  Waste not want not...right???

I like my runners for my dining room to be thin and long that way the runner will not be crowded or over come by table mats.

So what type of foot do you use when free motion quilting?


Shirley said...

You can cut away the front piece of your embroidery foot to make it an open foot, use a cuttingtool from the toolbox, and afterwards you use your nailfile to make the edge smooth.

beaquilter said...

my new machine has 2 embroidery feet, well darning feet, whatever you call them, one is open toed, another is a disc like thing and then a small thing that's just a hole, haven't played with those though

QuiltShopGal said...

I use a metal open toe foot, but I do have a plastic see thru type foot like yours. I've also seen many share tips for cutting the opening of such plastic feet, but I've net yet done it to mine.


Gene Black said...

I use a round closed toe metal foot. It is my favorite. It is a generic that I bought on eBay..I was looking for one like the Janome one you show..but I needed a high shank model.

Susan said...

I use a hopping foot similar to the metal one in your first photo on a Juki machine.

If you like an open plastic foot check out this video from Leah Day...

KaHolly said...

I had to adapt a foot to use on my old Kenmore. It works great! Love your table runner. You certainly have a way with batiks! XO

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

I don't FMQ. But I love the tip to use Insul Bright under table mats. SO CLEVER!! Thanks

quiltingbydawn said...

I use an open toe darning foot. I bought an extra one that was not open toe but made it so by snipping away the front with a wire clipper and then filing it with a nail file.

Heather said...

I think Leah Day has a post about modifying the foot she uses.

IHaveANotion ~ Kelly Jackson said...

Congrats on the win....that is great stuff. I've never broken a machine foot...dang. I use one that looks just like yours on top. Not that I use it very often though...LOL.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Grinning seeing the visual of your need for speed and your hair blowing in the wind.

Eileen said...

Si have to use open-toed on just about everything with my ancient eyes! I also have as much light as I can get attached to my machine especially on dark fabrics. One tip from my years playing with cake decorating. If you want straight lines, look at Where you're aiming to end and it goes better!