Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Results 1 to 23 of 23

Thread: 1/4" foot for Bernina machines

  1. #1
    Super Member callen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    Timmins, Ont. Canada
    Posts
    4,677

    1/4" foot for Bernina machines

    I have a Bernina series 8 model 820 machine & I would like to know if it worth my $ to buy a separate 1/4" foot. Is it more accurate than just moving the needle over?
    Dance like no one is watching

  2. #2
    Junior Member grandma nurse's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Syracuse, Kansas
    Posts
    122
    For me the price of the 1/4" foot was well worth it. I have a 730 and I have much more accurate seams with the foot.

  3. #3
    Moderator QuiltnNan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    western NY formerly MN, FL, NC, SC
    Posts
    44,289
    Blog Entries
    45
    i bought the specific foot and have never regretted it. and i don't have to remember to move the needle over
    Nancy in western NY
    before you speak T.H.I.N.K.
    T is it True? H is it Helpful? I is it Inspiring? N is it Necessary? K is it Kind?


  4. #4
    Super Member ghostrider's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Posts
    4,662
    My #20 foot with the needle one click to the right is far more accurate for a scant " than either the #37 or #57 foot (the dedicated " feet). The open toe gives a much better view of where the needle is going, plus both feed dogs are fully underneath the fabric so it feeds evenly resulting in more accurate seams. With the " feet, the right feed dog is pretty much useless and the fabric steers to one side because of it.
    The Earth without art is just "Eh".

  5. #5
    Super Member Candace's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Outer Space
    Posts
    9,839
    Here's something that is food for thought. When you move the needle over your bobbin thread is pulled at an angle. This can cause imperfect stitching and tension issues. Libby Lehman just did a video for The Quilt Show where she discusses this and teaches about this in her classes. I had never thought about this, but it makes sense if you think about it. I have a 57 foot with guide for my 830 and will now be using it all the time.

  6. #6
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Posts
    421
    In my experience, the 1/4 inch foot with guide is wonderful. I love it so much, I one for everyone of my sewing machines. That meant I had to purchase one for my Brothers, Pfaff and Bernina. Too bad they are not interchangable from machine to machine, but that's how it goes. I would recommend the 1/4 inch foot with guide hightly.

  7. #7
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Posts
    418
    I have #57, the 1/4" foot with the guide and its just great. My machine is a 430.

  8. #8
    Senior Member bigredharley's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Posts
    342
    I have a 1/4" foot for my babylock and love it so much I just ordered the #57 for my bernina
    ​Nancy

  9. #9
    Power Poster
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    30,793
    ​I do like my 1/4 Bernina foot but it came with my machine. It also has a graded side that lets you know when you are 1/4 inch from the corner.

  10. #10
    Super Member SewExtremeSeams's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Posts
    7,743
    Blog Entries
    47
    Hmmm, I will have to go see what I have besides the #37.

    Linda

    Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now am found, was blind, but now I see.
    [John Newton (1725-1807)]

    http://sewextremeseams.blogspot.com/

  11. #11
    Super Member callen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    Timmins, Ont. Canada
    Posts
    4,677
    Wow, thanks so much for the input - the overall majority is, go with the #57 foot with the guide. I was originally told to just move the needle but I have been having my doubts. As soon as I hear from the Oakville Sewing Centre which is quite far from where I live, I will be ordering one. My original Bernina dealer (in Sudbury, Ontario) has sadly closed her shop so Oakville, Ontario is my closest dealer, that I know of anyway. Tks for everyones input. It has helped a lot.
    Dance like no one is watching

  12. #12
    Super Member franc36's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Tennessee
    Posts
    1,497
    You will not regret getting the #57 foot with guide. That is the presser foot which I use most often. To me, it was well worth the cost.

  13. #13
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    The Colony, TX
    Posts
    3,364
    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    Here's something that is food for thought. When you move the needle over your bobbin thread is pulled at an angle. This can cause imperfect stitching and tension issues. Libby Lehman just did a video for The Quilt Show where she discusses this and teaches about this in her classes. I had never thought about this, but it makes sense if you think about it. I have a 57 foot with guide for my 830 and will now be using it all the time.
    I was just reading the other day in a book Precision Piecing where they state the benefit of moving you needle over is that you will be using BOTH of your feed dogs. I have a Bernina and have both the 37 and 57 feet and wouldn't give them up but I think I am going to also try moving my needle over and using one of my regular feet, then decide. Although to be honest will probably go with all options depending on the mood I am in and what I am working on.

    The biggest problem with the new higher end machines is that they normally have a 9 mm stitch width so the feed dogs are further apart (standard is 5 mm). I have found that if I am using a 1/4" foot on my machine I also want to use a Straight Stitch Throat plate.

  14. #14
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Location
    at the foot of the Ouichita Mountains, SE Oklahoma
    Posts
    272
    I have a Bernina Activa 240 with a #37-1/4 inch foot. I just measured about 2 days ago and it sews a perfect 1/4th inch. Maybe the discrepancy between all of our 1/4-inch measurements is the difference in how all the models of Bernina's sew???

    I really didn't like mine at first...thought it was a little persnickity...but now that I'm used to it, I love it.

  15. #15
    Super Member ghostrider's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Posts
    4,662
    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    Here's something that is food for thought. When you move the needle over your bobbin thread is pulled at an angle. This can cause imperfect stitching and tension issues. Libby Lehman just did a video for The Quilt Show where she discusses this and teaches about this in her classes. I had never thought about this, but it makes sense if you think about it. I have a 57 foot with guide for my 830 and will now be using it all the time.
    That may be true in some cases (or not), but on my Bernina with the needle just one click to the right, there is no difference at all in stitch quality or tension. If Berninas weren't meant to sew accurately with the needle 'off-center', they wouldn't be designed to sew that way. Having both feed dogs 'engaged' is well worth remembering to move the needle, though I do wish that setting could be put into memory and saved.
    The Earth without art is just "Eh".

  16. #16
    Super Member Candace's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Outer Space
    Posts
    9,839
    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrider View Post
    That may be true in some cases (or not), but on my Bernina with the needle just one click to the right, there is no difference at all in stitch quality or tension. If Berninas weren't meant to sew accurately with the needle 'off-center', they wouldn't be designed to sew that way. Having both feed dogs 'engaged' is well worth remembering to move the needle, though I do wish that setting could be put into memory and saved.
    The needle is made to go in a variety of positions to be able to make a gazillion stitches. If you watch Libby's video she shows you what the thread looks like doing the stitch outs in the normal, straight stitch position and with the needle moved far over. One click isn't going to do much to the bobbin thread position, but moving it 5 or 6 clicks does effect the twist of the thread. It was a very informative piece and one has to weigh using both feed dogs or getting the better straight stitch in mind.

  17. #17
    Super Member callen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    Timmins, Ont. Canada
    Posts
    4,677
    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    The needle is made to go in a variety of positions to be able to make a gazillion stitches. If you watch Libby's video she shows you what the thread looks like doing the stitch outs in the normal, straight stitch position and with the needle moved far over. One click isn't going to do much to the bobbin thread position, but moving it 5 or 6 clicks does effect the twist of the thread. It was a very informative piece and one has to weigh using both feed dogs or getting the better straight stitch in mind.
    I didn't know of the needle affecting the bobbin thread but it does make sense. I was told that if I move the needle 2 clicks to the right, it will make a perfect 1/4" seam but have found sometimes it seems off but it could just be me. I still think I am going to get the #57 foot & decide for myself which I prefer. It will be nice to have the option.
    I do thank everyone for their input. It has been invaluable information.
    Dance like no one is watching

  18. #18
    Super Member feline fanatic's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    NY
    Posts
    8,999
    I have the #37 and it resides on my machine almost exclusively. What I love most about it is the feature Tartan mentioned the marks on the side of the foot both front and back that tells me when I am 1/4" from the edge. Invaluable for doing set in Y seams and mitered corners on binding.

  19. #19
    Super Member jcrow's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Small town in Northeast Oregon close to Washington and Idaho
    Posts
    2,734
    Blog Entries
    5
    I have the Bernina 830 and both 1/4" feet. The one with the guide is not an accurate 1/4". It's bigger!!! The one without the guide is a little bigger also. So I bought a scant 1/4" measuring tool and use my 34D clear wide foot and move my needle over to an accurate scant 1/4". Now I'm actually sewing a proper scant 1/4". So, I wasted my money on those feet. And my stitches look perfect!
    "Be yourself...everyone else is taken."
    Strong people don't put others down...they build them up."
    "Remember that your instincts are more important than rules"

  20. #20
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Posts
    764
    Blog Entries
    2
    I have a Bernina and just checked on what feet I have. I have the #37, but not the #57. What is the difference between them? Would it be worthwhile for me to purchase the # 57 foot?

  21. #21
    Super Member Candace's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Outer Space
    Posts
    9,839
    Here's the video with Libby showing how moving the needle over can effect the stitch. Interesting FWIW. http://www.thequiltshow.com/os/blog.php/blog_id/5456

  22. #22
    Super Member ghostrider's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Posts
    4,662
    Quote Originally Posted by grammy of 6 View Post
    I have a Bernina and just checked on what feet I have. I have the #37, but not the #57. What is the difference between them? Would it be worthwhile for me to purchase the # 57 foot?
    The #57 has an edge guide on the right side. Sometimes it's hard to tell if the fabric sneaks underneath the guide and that can throw your seam off. Only you can decide if it's worth the expense for you to get one.
    The Earth without art is just "Eh".

  23. #23
    Senior Member Handcraftsbyjen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    New Hampshire
    Posts
    831
    My #37 pretty much stays on my machine.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.