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Best Foot Forward - Overedge Foot

2 CommentsMonday, 2 March 2015




The Overedge Foot

This week on the blog we are looking at the overedge foot - also known as an overcast foot (this links to Janome cat B/C foot).

 

What is it used for?

This foot is used to finish seams neatly, and to stop them fraying.  When used with the right stitch it gives a similar look to a finish sewn on an overlocker.  
To use the foot, line up the edge of your fabric with the guide on the side of the foot.  Select the correct stitch on your machine, and sew.   The stitches are made over the brushes, and this stops the fabric from curling, as can happen when you zig zag along the edge of fabric.
You can use a zig zag stitch, or an overcasting stitch with this foot - refer to your sewing machine manual for the correct one for your machine.

 

How does it fit on?

It snaps on, so is easy and quick to change - no need to get the screwdriver out.

 

How much is it?

The Janome foot costs £15.  

Before ordering a foot, make sure you know whether you need category A or B/C as they are slightly different (although the same price).  The category corresponds with whether the bobbin is a top or front loading, so if you can give us your machine model number, or even describe it, we can match you with the right one.

 

Any other info...

Some other manufacturers make these feet with a metal pin, instead of brushes.  These feet work in exactly the same way.After placing the foot on your machine, test the stitch by using the hand wheel.  This means you can check the stitch is where you want it to be, and the needle is not going to hit the foot, and so break.  
 

Janome have a video showing the foot being used on their website here.

 

See the overedge foot here


Best Foot Forward - The Ultraglide Foot

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

 



The Ultraglide foot 

 

This week we are looking at the Janome Ultraglide foot (this links to cat A foot).  

 

What is it used for?

When stitching "sticky" fabrics such as vinyl, suede and leather, a standard foot can drag causing skipped stitches and a wonky line of stitching.  The ultraglide foot is made from a special material that makes it easy to sew these fabrics, as they glide under the foot.  
This foot is particularly popular with bag makers. 

 

How does it fit on?

It snaps on, so is easy and quick to change - no need to get the screwdriver out.

 

How much is it?

The foot costs £15.  

Before ordering a foot, make sure you know whether you need category A or B/C as they are slightly different (although the same price).  The category corresponds with whether the bobbin is a top or front loading, so if you can give us your machine model number, or even describe it, we can match you with the right one.

 

Any other info...

When you first buy the foot, try it out on scrap fabric.  

Using a larger stitch length when sewing will help the fabric flow under the foot and make it easier when sewing through fabric such as leather which can be thick (remember to use the correct needle too).
If you have ever unpicked stitching through pvc or leather, you will know that the needle leaves holes, so do use a teflon foot from the start of your project.  You also cannot pin through this fabric, so our tip is to use paper clips to hold the pieces together.

 

Here is a short video Janome have produced that shows the foot.


Best Foot Forward - The Even Feed Foot

Thursday, 19 February 2015

 



The Even Feed Foot

Welcome to week 4 of our blog posts about sewing machine feet.  Today we are looking at the even feed foot (affectionately known as the walking foot) (this links to Janome cat A foot).

 

What is it used for?

A standard presser foot puts pressure on the fabric, whilst the feed dogs underneath draw the fabric through under the foot.  A walking foot is different, as it has a set of feed dogs built into the foot, so the two sets of teeth (top and bottom) take the fabric through the sewing machine evenly.  This makes sewing stretchy or slippery fabrics much easier as it stops them distorting and puckering.
The foot is also very popular with quilters, as it is excellent for machine quilting, when you are sewing through three layers of fabric.
 


 

How does it fit on?

You need to get the screwdriver out to fit the walking foot, and make sure the lever is above the needle screw. 
When you buy the foot, you will see a piece of metal in the box.  This is a guide that can be used to make a line of stitching parallel to the another.  
Janome have a video of how to fit the foot, and use the guide, on their website here.

 

How much is it?

The Janome foot costs £42.  

Before ordering a foot, make sure you know whether you need category A or B/C as they are slightly different (although the same price).  The category corresponds with whether the bobbin is a top or front loading, so if you can give us your machine model number, or even describe it, we can match you with the right one.

 

Any other info...

This is not a standard foot, and only comes with some of our quilting machines, or with the additional quilters set that you can buy to go with your sewing machine.
Some of our higher end Janome machines come with a build in dual feed function.


See the Even Feed Foot


Best Foot Forward - The Rolled Hem Foot

Monday, 9 February 2015

 

The Rolled Hem Foot

For the third installment of our Best Foot Forward series, we are looking at the Rolled Hem Foot (this links to cat B/C foot) for Janome sewing machines.  

What is it used for?

This foot enables you to sew precise, narrow hems.  The foot has a spiral through which you feed the fabric, this creates a rolled hem, then there is ridge underneath to feed the folded fabric through whilst it is sewn.  They are especially useful when creating items that need a light or circular hem, such as linings, summer scarves, table cloths, circle skirts, creating ruffles.

The feet come in different sizes depending on the width of the hem you need create.

 

How does it fit on?

It snaps on, so is easy and quick to change - no need to get the screwdriver out.

 

How much is it?

The Janome foot pictured costs £15.  

We also sell them for Brother and Bernina machines, however the prices vary.

Before ordering a foot, make sure you know whether you need category A or B/C as they are slightly different (although the same price).  The category corresponds with whether the bobbin is a top or front loading, so if you can give us your machine model number, or even describe it, we can match you with the right one.

Buy -  the Rolled Hem Foot 

 

Any other info...


We have had customers buy these and pop back in for some advice, so we do suggest watching this:

As with everything, practice makes perfect, so try it out with scraps of fabric, and only use it on your sewing project when you are confident it works how you want it to.  If you are using a fine fabric, such as chiffon, remember to use the correct needle in the machine.

The standard size hemmer foot is included with many of our sewing machines, such as the Janome J3-24 and the Janome 423s.  If you have never used it before, and are wondering whether you have one, check the image above and have a look through your sewing box.

 


Best Foot Forward - Concealed Zipper Foot

2 CommentsTuesday, 3 February 2015

 

The Concealed Zipper Foot


Best Foot Forward - Week 2
 

For the second installment of our Best Foot Forward series, we are looking at the concealed zipper foot (this links to cat B/C foot) for Janome sewing machines.  

Buy Concealed Zipper Foot
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What is it used for?

 As you would expect from it's name, the concealed zipper for enables you to insert a hidden zip into a project.  Whilst you can do this with a standard zipper foot, this particular foot makes it so much faster, and gives a higher quality result.  It works by feeding the teeth of the zip through a groove under the foot - there are two grooves, one for each side of the zip.  This enables you to sew accurately, and closely next to the zip.

The foot can be used for project that requires a zip - clothing, cushions, bags...

 

How does it fit on?

It snaps on, so just as quick to put on as a standard zipper foot. 

 

How much is it?

The foot costs £15.  

Before ordering a foot, make sure you know whether you need category A or B/C as they are slightly different (although the same price).  The category corresponds with whether the bobbin is a top or front loading, so if you can give us your machine model number, or even describe it, we can match you with the right one.

 

Any other info...

This is not a standard foot, so none of our machines come with it, so needs to be bought as an extra.

If you have never used one before, and are interested in seeing how they work,  Janome have a short video showing how to use the foot

  Watch Video

 

 

Below - Concealed zip inserted into the back of a dress.
 




**We do stock these feet for other brands, please call the shop or send an email

 

 

 


    Best Foot Forward - Quarter Inch foot

    Wednesday, 28 January 2015

     

    The Quarter Inch Foot


    We sell lots of sewing machine feet here at Brighton Sewing Centre - for example Janome offer over 80 different types!  
     

    Most people get into a routine of just using a couple of feet, not realising the other types that are available that can make their sewing easier, and get better results.

    So, here on the blog each week we will be focusing on a different foot, starting with those from Janome.

    Week one is the quilters essential; the quarter inch foot (this links to cat A foot)  

     

    What is it used for?

    Most quilt making patterns require a seam allowance of 1/4 inch.  This foot has a guide, which when you sew alongside it, gives you a perfect 1/4in seam allowance very time.  

    Many quilters now also use this foot when sewing other items, such as home furnishings and children clothes, as the foot helps you to sew a very straight seam.

     

    How does it fit on?

    It snaps on, so is easy and quick to change - no need to get the screwdriver out.

     

    How much is it?

    The foot costs £15.  

    Before ordering a foot, make sure you know whether you need category A or B/C as they are slightly different (although the same price).  The category corresponds with whether the bobbin is a top or front loading, so if you can give us your machine model number, or even describe it, we can match you with the right one.

     

    Any other info...

    This is not a standard foot, and only comes with some of our quilting machines, or with the additional quilters set that you can buy to go with your sewing machine.

    Lots of quilters use what they call a "scant" quarter inch.  This means they make sure their fabric is flat, and next to the black guide on the foot, about a thread width away.  If you take the fabric past the edge of the foot, or bunch it up your seam allowance will be bigger than a quarter inch, and your patchwork will not fit together as well.

    Never set your machine to a zig zag or decorative stitch and forget to change the foot.  The quarter inch foot is designed for straight stitch only, and the needle will hit the foot and break.

     

     

     

     

     


    Sewing Machine small parts

    Monday, 19 January 2015

     

    For sewists, there is nothing more annoying than a sewing machine that you can't use.  

    If the issue is mechanical, we repair and service machines, using our engineer who has over 30 years experience. 

    See here for servicing and repair info

    However, some sewing machine issues are easy and quick to fix, for example a lost piece of the machine, or broken part (see below..!).  We tend not to have these on the website as there are so many different parts, however pop in or give us a call and we can match you with the right one.

     

    Naturally prices can vary according to the type of sewing machine, but here is an overview of our popular Janome parts:

     

    Bobbin Cover

    These are clear, which makes them handy for watching how much thread is left in the bobbin, but not so handy to find when you put them on a cluttered sewing surface.  We have also heard of the story of the bobbin cover dropped on a floor and then trodden on and broken.  However, these are easy to replace, and currently retail at £4.50, so not too scary.  

    We have these available to buy online.

     

     

    Spool Pin

    These fit on top of the machine for holding thread - and again can easily be mislaid. They are just £2.00 for a replacement.  We also stock the little piece of felt that goes underneath, this will set you back £1.30. Find both in store.

     

     

    End stopper

    To keep your reel of thread in place - a small end stopper costs £1.20, and large one £1.50.

     

     

    Lint Brush

    A clean machine is a happy machine, and a small lint brush is 80p.

     

    Screws

    This gets a bit technical, as the screw depends on what type of machine you have, and where you want it for.  However, they start at 70p, with the majority under £2.00.

     

     

    Screw Driver

    These flat screwdrivers are handy to have, but can again can get mislaid, or you can inherit a second hand machine that doesn't have it's complete kit.  The three pronged one is £4.50.

     

     

    Rubber Feet for underneath your sewing machine

    We occasionally get calls asking if it is possible to buy these.  It certainly is, and the majority are in the region of £2, they stop your sewing machine wobbling about!

     

    Bobbins 

    Janome bobbins are 70p each, so there is no need to keep wasting thread by taking what's left off the bobbin when you want to use a different colour or type.   We sell these online.

     

    Slightly trickier to fix, but can still be done at home...

     

    Thread Cutter

    You know how the cutter on the side of the machine can go blunt over time (and get quite annoying)?  Well it is a cheap part to replace, and it just pulls out.   These are £4.50 each.

     

     

    Needle Threader

    Sometimes the thin piece of wire can get bent out of place, so you cannot use it anymore. This is fairly easy to replace, and the part costs £7.50

     

     

    Lightbulbs

    No need to sew in the dark - these range from £2.99 to £15.00 depending on which sewing machine brand.

     

    Replacement Manuals

     

    Range between £8 and £26, however, these are available online.  We have heard of some people taking theirs apart, laminating and then binding it so it stays lovely and pristine.  An idea for you perhaps...

    Photos taken on Robert Kaufamn Linen, £16 a metre.

    See all our Sewing Machine Parts on our site.