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Thread: sewing without a foot

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    sewing without a foot

    I saw a lady on Youtube that was showing how she embroiders and sews applique without a foot on her machine. I don't mean for this to be a thread to bash her, just want to know others thoughts on this technique.

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    dangerous, is the first word that comes to mind. that's not bashing, just an observation.
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    Ditto on the Dangerous comment!


    Another thought ... what is she accomplishing by not using a foot?
    Aren't our machines designed to function with a foot?
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    It was a technique used back in the days before we had the fancy feet. There is even a needle with a spring surrounding it that was used. the technique is the forerunner of thread painting. You used an embroidery hoop.

    And you are correct about it being dangerous.

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    I thought this was going to be an inspirational post. Just didn't know why lacking a foot would be a big problem. (BTW I did embroidery without a presser foot or a free motion foot for a while--keep your fingers outside the hoop folks.)
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    Not something I'd even consider since I've gotten my finger 'needled' with a foot on. I'd be even more of a clutz without a foot!

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    I've done it and amazingly didn't sew my finger. In some ways it is easier because you can really see where you are going.

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    My Singer 328K we bought in 1962/1963 shows doing this for monagrams, in the manual. Just keeping your hands away from the needle will make it quite a bit safer. It is not that you need a ffot on the machine. You just must have the presser foot lever in the down position.
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    I saw some amazing embroidery done without the foot on youtube. It looked like an old Singer and the man doing it was embroidering on silk with silk thread. Absolutely incredible!

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    I gave it a try years ago to do some machine embroidery, I had my best luck when I used a stabilizer under it. Using and old fashioned hoop was also a big help. I traced on to the fabric with a light pencil mark the areas of design. I did get a free motion foot when they became available..

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