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"People aren't either wicked or noble.
They're like chef's salads, with good things
and bad things chopped and mixed together
in a vinaigrette of confusion and conflict."
— Lemony Snicket

trying to learn free stitching, not so easy

I got a darning foot, a 1/4" hem foot and a 'stitch in the ditch' foot for my cute little Janome Magnolia so I had to give it a go. [Read about our adventures in learning to machine sew at Sew-A-Go-Go.] So I took off the regular foot and put on the new darning foot. This took me 20 minutes. I kid you not. You might blame this on my lack of mechanical understanding. But actually I blame it on the yukky documentation. The documentation for the $10 travel alarm clock is more accurate. It tells you in infinite detail every potential iteration of possiblity. If you already know how to change out your presser foot, you skip that part, if you don't know, well gosh it would be good to know.

The directions on the package of the foot seemed to be missing a few sentences. Like how you had to take off the thingie that holds on the regular foot. Plus the diagram on the back of the package was at an odd angle, an angle I could not duplicate no matter where I positioned myself to the machine. Plus you have to turn off the silly machine to change the foot (lest you puncture your thumb) so my over-40 eyes can't see it anyhow. [The Janome instruction manual, on the other hand, told me what to do.]

Drew a simple sun on the front, and stitched, feed dogs lowered and at the slowest speed I could go. It seems like the regular 'A' foot with feed dogs up is easier for a newbie. The new darning foot allows me to see what I am doing but I feel like there is no control...

Speaking of lovely freestitching, check out Doro's Stoffbilder and more of her lovely art at Flickr.

I'm sharing the reverse side and not so super results, because you have to start somewhere. If I keep trying, I will figure this out! The top thread is white and the bobbin thread is magenta, isn't that fun?

Kendra at Like a Bird has developed ideas for pursuing creativity when you cannot DO what you want to do (dip your fingers in paint, for example) and "when you are beginning a new project or great daily things to do (journaling, doodling, etc) to help keep your creative drive up and your motivation strong." Find her article The Creative Itch.

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Reader Comments (3)

Don't you just love directions???? At least you got them out to read Tammy.....I usually go head first into something thinking I can figure it out , then when I get stuck I finally pull out the directions. This is going to be a beautiful asset to your art journaling pages!

10.9.2010 | Unregistered CommenterEden

Repeat after me: "Patience is a virtue!" Now take a deep, cleansing breath and chuckle!!! Been there (unfortunately!). Glad you finally figured it all out. Hugs, Terri xoxoxo

Hi Tammy,

I know what you went through with the machine feet. A few months back I needed to change a foot and it was soooooooo difficult trying to re position the new foot in the right place whilst trying to tighten the tiny screw again. My instructions said to turn off the machine too , hence the same problem of not seeing so well because the machine light was off . Afterwards I thought I should just have turned the machine onto the bobbin winding mode. I'll remember to do that next time !!!! At lease you got it sorted in the end though and machine stitching looks great. Something new for me to add to my to do list.

10.9.2010 | Unregistered CommenterSu Ward

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