Specialty Presser Foot Successes?
Periodically, I read about the different presser feet available for standard sewing machines. Using my new-found machine manuals, I have started trying some of the specialty feet and am very pleased to report that the overcast and overedge presser feet have drastically improved the way I can sew knits on my regular machines.
This weekend’s project was a sweatshirt re-design by ds; it involves cutting apart and re-combining men’s sweatshirts into a color-blocked reassembly–along with some silkscreen printing that he does. My challenge was to seam the new parts together neatly and smoothly, sometimes difficult on my older machines.
After several experiments with interfacing, stabilizer, and various knit stitches, I consulted the machine manual for my newer machine and found the recommendation for using an overcast or overedge foot on knits. Wow! Suddenly, I could make 1/4″ seams without having the seam allowances curl or ruffle, even on my 1981 workhorse.
The overcast and overedge feet have thin metal bars and a tiny brush. The thin bars hold the seam allowance flat and tension the zigzag so that it doesn’t curl the knit. The overedge foot also has a metal guide at the front so that the stitching line is exactly 1/4″ from the edge. Both will allow wide or narrow zigzag, stretch, or overcast stitch patterns.
It is such a relief to have a reliable, effective solution to sewing on knits with older machines; it is also cheap, as the presser feet work on older machines, too. I wanted to share this tip with others and ask if anyone has discovered valuable uses for the other specialty presser feet we might have in the sewing box?