Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Machine feet series: the ruffler foot

What do you do when you know nothing about a subject? I ask Google.

Google has been my friend for many years and helped me a lot on my everyday life. Of course you must know how to deal with it, there is so much garbage information on the web and you must sift the wheat from the chaff (BTW, how this expression was written in English I leaned now: Google has been my dictionary too).

Looking for info about the ruffler foot I found a lot of interesting things. The last one was picked up from a comment on Amazon.com and it's a very complete material on how to use the ruffler - and it's free! Here is the link, you just have to sign in to download this document:

FREE! The "Ruffler"...Unruffled!!

When I first tested this foot I thought it would never work. It's a little more complicated then the other feet, but not a monster as it seems. I won't talk much about this foot as the pdf above can tell you pretty much everything about it.

I haven't done anything with it yet besides testing it with a few fabric scraps and have no plans so far, but it seems to be a nice tool for you machine. I didn't even wanted to buy it in first place, but it came with the Distinctive set and it turned out that it was a good foot to have.

It ruffles your fabric in different depths and you can also attach a ruffler to a plain fabric. There are also helpful videos on Youtube (another teacher of mine), just search for "ruffler foot". This one shows how to attach the ruffler to another piece of fabric:


Sunday, April 24, 2011

Machine feet series: the rolled hem foot

Today I was adjusting the length of a shirt and finally had the chance to use the rolled hem feet I got for my Janome 2008. I got them in 3 sizes: the Distinctive Narrow Rolled Hem Sewing Machine Presser Foot  and the Janome Sewing Machine Hemmer Set 4mm/6mm.

Here is how the rolled hem turned out in this fraying fabric:
It was pretty good outside, but a mess inside. I guess mostly because the fabric frays a lot and also because I had to use the smaller rolled hem feet - the Distinctive one. Why?

Just after I got all the feet I bought I realized the Janome hemmers didn't fit the 2008 machine model :( How depressing is that? The shank of my machine snaps on exactly in the middle of the foot, as you can see in the standard machine foot below:

But this little metal stick where the shank snaps on (or it would be "is snapped on"?) in the Janome hemmers are a little to the left. This causes the needle to be in the wrong place and so these feet are useless...

This is what happens: my needle will be just at the end of the red line above (exactly in the middle of the metal stick). But it should be at the end of the blue line to work. This happens because, if you notice well, the horizontal metal stick is a little to the left and not in the center part of the foot, as in the standard foot picture above.

To make things clear, look at the Distinctive rolled hem foot to see how centered is the metal stick, and how the red line meets the blue line at the ends, exactly where the needle goes:

Here are pictures of the feet in the machine:

I'd be happy to find an adapter for these feet as I think these rolled hem feet are very useful.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Upgrading my machine

In a moment of consumerism and with the thought that I had spent nothing on my machine in mind (just to make things worst), I ordered these sewing machine feet:

As they did not ship to Brasil, I had the order shipped to a hotel where a relative was on vacation. So they came to me into her luggage :) Now I have a nice collection of sewing machine feet. I haven't tested them all, but I already know the Janome Hemmer feet is not proper for my Janome 2008, which made me kind of angry :(

I'll make future posts telling a bit about all the feet I have now - that my machine has now, I've got only 2 as usual :P

The box where all the Distinctive feet came is now holding my feet collection.

Here we are!

And here are the feet I plan to talk about later (some of them I already had):

Adjustable zipper foot

Tape binding foot
Welting foot Hemming feet
Zipper foot Ruffler
Roller and Non-stick feet Concealed Zipper Foot
Gathering Foot
Button hole foot

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The book is on the table...

They all are! Finally the books I ordered at amazon.com arrived! I haven't used the new ones in any project yet, but I had fun reading them.

I have to say although the internet is full of free tutorials and instructions, I love to have books near me.

My plans are first to finish the dress 1 I began a while ago. Then maybe I'll try a patterns that comes in the Sew U book. The easiest seems to be the skirt, but I don't wear skirts, so I'm thinking of skipping this step and try a shirt instead.

Lately I haven't spent much time with my sewing machine. The only thing I did was to adjust some new clothes I bought (I still have to adjust other ones). Even if I'm still buying my clothes at a store, it was so fun to think "this one I can take, I only need to shorten here and there". I felt free, in a way. It was good not to depend on any one to adjust my clothes or give up a piece because it was not perfectly fitting.

Oh, and there is another new: I got a lot of feet for my machine, hehehehe. I'll show them later.