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darning or embroidery foot?

tanusa | Posted in General Sewing Info on

hello. I am trying to decide between a darning foot and an embroidery foot. Both descriptions say they’re good for free motion embroidery and quilting. I want to use it for both. Which one is better? They look very similar too, which confuses me even more about the difference. Any advice?

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  1. MaryinColorado | | #1

    Hi!  I had the same issue.  I ended up buying two feet.  The freemotion quilting foot is clear plastic and has a larger flat area to help hold down the fabric so you don't get puckers.  here is also a grid printed on it.  ThThe freemotion embroidery foot I purchased (there were several choices) is metal, shaped like a letter C and much smaller.  There are also some with springs in them which I did not need because my machine has a "floating presserfoot" which allows it to flow nicely over different textures in fabric without causing tension problems, (Husq/Viking Designer 1).  This foot I use more for threadpainting type work, not necessarily on quilted fabric but on 1 layer of fabric.  Hope this helps, I know it is confusing. 

    1. tanusa | | #2

      thank you so much for your reply. I think I'll go ahead and just order both. Your message was really helpful!

      1. MaryinColorado | | #3

        You are welcome!  It is so fun to do.  I just learned last year and love it!  My fav websites and thier books are at: elleneddy.com (Threadmagic by Ellen Anne Eddy great book, shows how to do lots of wonderful nature and creatures), and http://www.bonniemccaffery.com has several great books and free video podcasts like the one on bobbin work and digiBobbe.  Enjoy!  Mary

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