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Thread: Odd presser foot gets new use

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    Odd presser foot gets new use

    I have NO idea what this presser foot is for, it came with the machine. The lead of the foot is only 1/2 the width of the foot and there is an edge guide on the right edge (as I'm looking at it). The area to the right of the edge guide is open. The needle area of the foot is wide open with the exception of three wires that run the length of the foot.

    I'm working on a pattern that requires a 1/8" seam allowance (grrr) and I'm the kind of sewer that prefers to have an edge guide on my foot. I couldn't use my 1/4" edge guide foot because I can't get the needle position far enough to the right to get an accurate 1/8" seam allowance (measured after pressing). So I rummaged around in my sewing box to find a foot that had something on it that I could use as a measurement (even the edge of the foot works for me although I prefer a "guide").

    I found this foot ... whatever it is, and by moving the needle to the left I was able to get my scant 1/8" and avoid the wire. I haven't measured it yet but I could probably also use this foot for 1/4" if I move the needle position further to the left and put in the little groove on the left side of the foot.

    I LOVE this foot!!! Not only does it have the guide which I love, but the open center allows me to SEE my fabric at the point of needle insertion and I just can't go wrong with it!

    Weird foot ... new purpose.

    Anyone have any idea what this foot is REALLY used for??
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    . Have know idea what it is but if it works , good for you. I can not keep the 1/4 or 1/8 in where it is straight. Goodjluck. joyce l

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    What kind of machine?
    That is a really really odd looking foot!
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    Hi on my Janome 6600P it is the overcasting foot.

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    I'm not sure, but I think it's also called a fuller foot - you use it for overcasting raw edges with a zig-zag stitch, so that it leaves the edge of the fabric flat, like a serger would do. It won't let the thread pull tight and crinkle the raw edge.

    But you can also use it for fulling your satin stitch - it holds the thread up off of the surface of the fabric until several stitches have been secured. It keeps the satin stitch from tunneling and pulling tight and leaves it pretty and smooth on top.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NannaL View Post
    Hi on my Janome 6600P it is the overcasting foot.
    It looks like my overcasting foot too.

    Pat

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    is it a smocking foot????
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    Quote Originally Posted by thepolyparrot View Post
    I'm not sure, but I think it's also called a fuller foot - you use it for overcasting raw edges with a zig-zag stitch, so that it leaves the edge of the fabric flat, like a serger would do. It won't let the thread pull tight and crinkle the raw edge.

    But you can also use it for fulling your satin stitch - it holds the thread up off of the surface of the fabric until several stitches have been secured. It keeps the satin stitch from tunneling and pulling tight and leaves it pretty and smooth on top.
    I agree. I do think that it's an overcast foot. Isn't it great that we can find something and make it work for what we need? Good job!

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    It looks like it could be for buttonholes.
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    I use mine fairly often to overcast raw edges so they don't fray - not quilting related. Your use is far more interesting!
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    The owners manual should tell you.
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    Not a clue as to what it is, but, I'm glad it works for what you need it to do. I use a lot of unconventional things to accomplish what I need to do. Necessity is, after all, the mother of invention!

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    I agree with others that say it is an overcast foot. It keeps the fabric flat when you overcast seams. You don't need to serge if you have one of these.
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    Creative use of a foot with another purpose.

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    Janome overcast foot - 822808008

    Use with the overlock stitch to give a professional finish to the edges of your seams. Particularly good for finishing off medium to heavyweight ...
    Last edited by jitkaau; 12-30-2011 at 06:49 AM.

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    Giggling here. Now I know what mine is for......overcasting.....cool.

    Learn something new every day. And I've been quilting forever. I usually avoid the things I don't know the use for. Now i can ask on a board. Sew many quilters have answers.

    I did this with my 401A and have since rec'd extra feet from members and cams for her too. Quilters are awesome friends. Thanks for sharing everyone.
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    If it works, use it.

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    I've never seen anything like it. But I've never used a Janome either.

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    I think you're right. Mine is called an overcasting foot. I have a Janome MC4000. It is foot M.
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    Glad it works just right...I am pretty sure that it is an overcast foot, but us it for whatever you need to use it for.
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    I think it is an overcast foot-glad it is working for you!
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    How clever of you to figure out another use for that foot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NannaL View Post
    Hi on my Janome 6600P it is the overcasting foot.
    I have a Janome 6600 and that's what it is...an overcasting foot. Since I don't have a serger, I use this foot to prep the material for hemming.

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