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Thread: FMQ/Darning foot?

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    deema's Avatar
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    I'm in the market for one of these....but there are so many options for my machine!! There are metal ones, plastic ones, open toe or closed toe...there's small ones and the "big foot"...I haven't ventured into fmq yet...so I'm really at a loss.

    What do you prefer and why?

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    I have both open toed & closed toed feet for my machine & I prefer the open toe one for sure!

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    Open toe works better for me. When I start to stitch, I like to hold the threads out of the way. With a closed toe you can't really do that. I also like clear if possible just so I can see where I'm going. Of course, I'm still lousy at FMQ so I need any advantage I can get!

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    I have the big foot and really like it, but it is plastic and a closed foot. I do use my open foot metal one sometimes when I really need to be precise in what I'm doing. The reason I like my big foot is that it has a slight rounded base and moves over nearby pins and doesn't get caught on them - this gives me a little more flexibility in the area I can stitch in before moving my hands. The larger base of the big foot also helps keep bumps of fabric away from the needle when I'm not as careful as I should be and am trying to push the envelope.

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    I prefer a clear open toed foot that also has a spring in it :D:D:D

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    I like the clear open toed foot. Just works best for me.

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    I have the closed toe and if I were getting another one I would get the open toe. Just seems like it would be easier for me see what I am doing.

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    My spring action foot for my sapphire broke where the wire stem was - that made the foot pratically set on the fabric ugh there went 50 smackers! My quilting friend uses her plastic darning foot so I tried it and it works for me. If you are starting out the free motion spring foot open might work best for you till you get more experience. Starting out, going where you haven't been, you need to make it as easy as possible.

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    I prefer the larger clear foot that came with my stitch regulator on my Bernina for FMQ because you can see ahead and behind where you are going.

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    I also prefer the clear open toe. It just makes is so much easier for you to see what you're doing and where to go next.

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    I use the open toe because it helps me to see where I am going.

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    It sounds like a pretty general consensus, then. Clear-open-toe-spring-action-foot? Thanks a bunch, everyone! Off to order! :D

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    I prefer the hopping foot, open toe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maggiemay
    I have both open toed & closed toed feet for my machine & I prefer the open toe one for sure!
    Same here. The open toe give me a better view.

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    I did it! Ordered the open toe, clear plastic, springy foot. I ordered a pair of Machingers gloves to go with it. :D Now I need to get working on a quilt top so I can quilt it when they get here!! LOL Thankfully my next planned project is a bed quilt for my daughter, who is 5. So I can play with random shapes, flowers and such, and I will have lots of space to practice some stippling and meandering and the like...and she won't care at all how amateur-ish they look! :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    I prefer a clear open toed foot that also has a spring in it :D:D:D
    ditto

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    THe more visibility the foot offers, the better off you will be.

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    I have the Bigfoot and it is all I have ever used for FMQ. I love it!

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    I have a pfaff 2170. and i have found that I like the embroidery foot the best. It has a TINY little hole and I can se what I'm doing much better than even with the plastic or open toe feet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pat P
    My spring action foot for my sapphire broke where the wire stem was - that made the foot pratically set on the fabric ugh there went 50 smackers! My quilting friend uses her plastic darning foot so I tried it and it works for me. If you are starting out the free motion spring foot open might work best for you till you get more experience. Starting out, going where you haven't been, you need to make it as easy as possible.
    I had the same thing to my Sapphire foot and the store told me that it was guaranteed and gave me a new one. Maybe you could check that out?

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    I just got and open-toe walking foot and darning foot. I hope to try them soon and see how I do. Hopefully, much better!

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    Thanks Glad Grams I will check that out because it was an expensive gadget. I don't miss the hammering it did. I checked my book and looked at the pictures-- I had it inserted correctly.

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    I use the darning foot that came with my Pfaff. It is open toe and I love it! I can see what I'm doing, although what I'm doing isn't always perfect. I'm still in the learning mode for FM, but it is so much fun.

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    I use the Machingers, like them SO much better than any other gloves I've used ... & the clear, open toe darning / FMQ foot is def the way to go. Good luck ! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa_wanna_b_quilter
    Open toe works better for me. When I start to stitch, I like to hold the threads out of the way. With a closed toe you can't really do that. I also like clear if possible just so I can see where I'm going. Of course, I'm still lousy at FMQ so I need any advantage I can get!
    I agree! However, even with the clear, open-toe foot, I was not getting a good view in some directions so I clipped off the "toes" to make them more open and sanded down the ends to smooth them. Much better! :-D

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