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 17 of 17

Thread: Little Foot by Lynn Graves

  1. #1
    Senior Member littlebitoheaven's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Illinois/Wisconsin
    Posts
    753
    Blog Entries
    1

    Little Foot by Lynn Graves

    I am just starting the Harriet Hargrave courses (Freshman). She mentions the "Little Foot". Does anyone know whether or not this foot will fit a Brothers Innova-is 2000 machine?

  2. #2
    Power Poster
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    30,808
    I have the Big Foot for one of my machines. When I bought it you had to know what kind of shank the machine had, straight or slanted. I had a straight shank and it worked fine.

  3. #3
    Super Member Dolphyngyrl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Southern California
    Posts
    5,781
    Yes but it is just a 1/4 inch foot which you don't need since one came with your machine
    Brother (XL-3500i, CV3550, SQ-9050, Dreamweaver XE6200D), Juki MO-2000QVP, Handiquilter Avante

  4. #4
    Power Poster ManiacQuilter2's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Southern California
    Posts
    18,943
    Dolphyngyrl is correct if a 1/4" foot came with your machine. I had to purchase a shank to use it with my older Bernina. It was the first 1/4" foot produced for sewing machines. When Bernina finally came out with a quarter inch foot years later, I bought TWO of them for both of my Berninas. The little foot does have a side with an 1/8" guide but I have never found that I needed it. I also ooccasionally use her big foot for free motion quilting!!
    A Good Friend, like an old quilt, is both a Treasure and a Comfort

  5. #5
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Location
    Rapid City, SD
    Posts
    4,954
    Have fun with those books - they contain a wealth f knowledge - mine are heavily highlighted. Book 5 is supposed to be out in 2014!

  6. #6
    Senior Member littlebitoheaven's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Illinois/Wisconsin
    Posts
    753
    Blog Entries
    1
    Dolphyngyrl and ManiacQuilter2! (I love your names.)

    My machine did come with two 1/4" feet (foots?). One has a metal edge that rides along the fabric but this can be frustrating if you have pins in the fabric, which I often do. I also have a problem keeping the fabric up against the edge. The fabric wants to drift away and I feel as though I am constantly fighting with it. The other foot seems to be "loose". It moves slightly. My solution has been to mark one of the other presser foot with a marking pen and I have had more luck with that. (I know I am the problem!) This "Little Foot" is interesting to me because it also has marks to show you when you are a 1/4" from the bottom (or edge closest to me), which would help greatly when binding.

    Thank you both for you interest and comments. I really do appreciate them.

  7. #7
    Senior Member littlebitoheaven's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Illinois/Wisconsin
    Posts
    753
    Blog Entries
    1
    Dolphyngyrl and ManiacQuilter2! (I love your names.)

    My machine did come with two 1/4" feet (foots?). One has a metal edge that rides along the fabric but this can be frustrating if you have pins in the fabric, which I often do. I also have a problem keeping the fabric up against the edge. The fabric wants to drift away and I feel as though I am constantly fighting with it. The other foot seems to be "loose". It moves slightly. My solution has been to mark one of the other presser foot with a marking pen and I have had more luck with that. (I know I am the problem!) This "Little Foot" is interesting to me because it also has marks to show you when you are a 1/4" from the bottom (or edge closest to me), which would help greatly when binding.

    Thank you both for you interest and comments. I really do appreciate them.

  8. #8
    Power Poster nativetexan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    home again, after 27 yrs!
    Posts
    16,250
    Blog Entries
    2
    always remove your pins before they get under your foot or needle. and you must keep your fabric going straight, the foot is only a guide. The fabric will tend to move on you. that's why some quilters blame the foot. nope, it's us. have fun!!!

  9. #9
    Senior Member littlebitoheaven's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Illinois/Wisconsin
    Posts
    753
    Blog Entries
    1
    Quote Originally Posted by nativetexan View Post
    always remove your pins before they get under your foot or needle. and you must keep your fabric going straight, the foot is only a guide. The fabric will tend to move on you. that's why some quilters blame the foot. nope, it's us. have fun!!!
    Nativetexan! You are so right. Everything you have said is true. I know that it is my doing but doesn't mean that I am still not struggling. I do remove pins (and I need them still) but usually remove them just ahead of the needle. I know that part of my problem is the lack of good lighting right at the presser foot. Thanks again for your truthful reply. Love it!

  10. #10
    Super Member CorgiNole's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Chapel Hill
    Posts
    1,078
    I think if you work through the exercises on sewing a scant quarter inch seam, you will be able to sew one accurately regardless of your foot. The more you practice, the less you will find that you need pins. I'm working through the series as well and now I pin only when I'm having a problem matching points and when I'm applying borders.

    As to the fabric moving, I learned that once I trained myself to concentrate on a spot in front of the needle, not the actual needle I was better able to sew a straight seam. It also helps to center my body on the needle, not the middle of the machine.

    For lighting, I've added several Ott lights that I can bend to better direct the light.

    Cheers, K

  11. #11
    Super Member CorgiNole's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Chapel Hill
    Posts
    1,078
    The other thing I've done is attach a barrier just in front of my presser foot that I can run the fabric against. For me it is a stack of 1/4 inch tape that I've cut off the roll. Other options I've seen are an old hotel key or a heavy rubber band. Some machines come with a barrier that can be screwed onto the machine.

    Cheers, K

  12. #12
    Senior Member littlebitoheaven's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Illinois/Wisconsin
    Posts
    753
    Blog Entries
    1
    Quote Originally Posted by CorgiNole View Post
    I think if you work through the exercises on sewing a scant quarter inch seam, you will be able to sew one accurately regardless of your foot. The more you practice, the less you will find that you need pins. I'm working through the series as well and now I pin only when I'm having a problem matching points and when I'm applying borders.

    As to the fabric moving, I learned that once I trained myself to concentrate on a spot in front of the needle, not the actual needle I was better able to sew a straight seam. It also helps to center my body on the needle, not the middle of the machine.

    For lighting, I've added several Ott lights that I can bend to better direct the light.

    Cheers, K
    Thanks K. I guess I didn't say when I use pins. I only use them for keeping seems aligned or points. I am now interested in seeing where I do keep my eyes. I also have the option of lowering my presser foot. Will try this to see if the fab remains straight. Great idea about the lighting. It is very important for my old eyes. Thanks.

    I have been using the flat hair clips that I saved from my days as a beautician to hold my binding in place. They work exceptionally well for me.

    Yolanda Wood River

  13. #13
    Super Member CorgiNole's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Chapel Hill
    Posts
    1,078
    I like the flat hair clips for bindings as well. I also found on the last quilt I bound that pressing the binding (from one side to the other on the quilt) helped me to spend less time arguing with it while I was wrapping it around the quilt.

    Cheers, K

  14. #14
    Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Posts
    8
    The easy to read markings in red on the 1/4" Low Shank Little Foot markings on the front and back of the foot are invaluable for setting in the "dreaded" Y-Seams. In sewing hexagons e.g. Grandmother's Flower Garden; trust the foot markings start sewing at red 1/4" front mark and stop at red 1/4" back mark. Use this same method on any inset-seam. Works like a charm every time.

  15. #15
    Super Member GailG's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Louisiana
    Posts
    6,763
    Quote Originally Posted by CorgiNole View Post
    The other thing I've done is attach a barrier just in front of my presser foot that I can run the fabric against. For me it is a stack of 1/4 inch tape that I've cut off the roll. Other options I've seen are an old hotel key or a heavy rubber band. Some machines come with a barrier that can be screwed onto the machine.

    Cheers, K
    I use several sheets' thickness of a tiny PostIt pad. When I taught a beginner's sewing class, I used this technique to help students guide fabric through the presser foot and keep a consistent 5/8" seam.

    And about the pins: I place the pins perpendicular to the cut edge but with the pintip pointing towards the edge. When I approach the barrior, I slide the pin to the left so the tip will not hit the barrior and then remove the pin just before the needle approaches it. Does that make sense?
    Last edited by GailG; 05-18-2015 at 01:59 PM.
    One step at a time, always forward.

  16. #16
    Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Posts
    91
    I used those books and they were fabulous! Even though I had already been quilting, they taught me how to do some things 'properly' and improve on other things.

  17. #17
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Illinois
    Posts
    8,166
    I noticed when I watched a sewing with nancy episode that her machine ....a BL....has the clear plastic 1/4" foot...instead of the one that " comes" with that machine...so I contacted and was told she uses the little foot. I ordered one for my BL....I hate the one with the machine...on the left side it starts out narrow then angles out wide as it approaches the shank and more than two thicknesses of fabric will get caught...it does not " float" over the fab....the little foot does not have that design flaw and the fabric just keeps moving......for me worth the little investment....

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.