(Day 2 of a 31 Day Series)
Today I was planning on talking about basting your quilt sandwich but I decided not to. Instead I’m going to talk a little bit more about the quilt guide (or “L” shaped bar) that I mentioned in the previous post. I also mentioned that if you were able to buy a walking foot with a guide you should do so. If you already have a walking foot and it doesn’t have a guide you may be able to purchase an aftermarket guide for your foot. The really annoying thing about most walking feet is that they come packaged with a bar that fits on the right side of the foot. Just like the one in the picture I showed yesterday:
The problem with this set up is that you are trying to fight the bulk of your quilt on the already small throat space of your machine. There are very few walking feet that have a left side guide bar. Bernina is one of those that offers a guide bar on either side. If you can find a walking foot that will fit your machine and has a guide bar on the left side, that is the one I recommend. Better yet, if it has a guide for either side that would be ideal. Specialty feet are expensive so don’t run out and buy a new one. I did a little research for you and I found 2 options you might be interested in. Mind you I have NOT tried either one of these items so I don’t know how well they will work.
This one works by attaching to the back of your walking foot with a spring clip and gives you an adjustable guide on each side.
The second one I found was at Clotilde and is priced at $6.98 (+$4.95 shipping)
This one says you can attach it either on the left or the right. Your walking foot also needs to have a flat back of at least 1/2”.
The shipping price for something so small is what kept me from ordering either one. Instead I looked around and thought about finding something else work, something that I already had laying around that some of you might also have. You will need: a giant paper clip, some masking/painters tape and your walking foot
1) take the paper clip and bend the smaller inside “hook” straight up until you make an “L” with your paper clip
2) If your walking foot has a notch for a guide it just might fit in there perfectly like this:
If not, use some painter’s tape to attach it to the back of your walking foot like this:
That’s it! You’ll have to reposition the tape if you want to move the guide over but for less than a dollar I’m not complaining.
Here are some pictures of it on my machine. The curved end of the paper clip guarantees that you won’t snag your quilt sandwich as you go. The paper clip is actually pretty sturdy so unless you’re really wrestling your sandwich around I don’t think you’ll accidentally bend it out of shape.
See you tomorrow!