Many times, in the excitement of unboxing a new machine, customers skim over their manual’s description of included accessories. They know the accessories they want to use and they focus on those. Many don’t realize there is a very simple yet valuable tool included in the accessories of almost every machine, even their older, possibly inherited machines. That tool is the Edge/Quilting guide. Most machines will come with one guide and some machines come with more (this is true with Husqvarna Viking machines that come with the Interchangeable Dual Feed Foot as an included accessory). I have both an older Husqvarna Viking machine and a newer machine and both included this valuable accessory. This guide can be used to sew equidistant lines for quilting, topstitching, garment sewing, home décor, etc. It is especially helpful when you require rows of stitching that are greater than the normal seam allowances. Both older and newer machines use this accessory equally well, with how it attaches to the machine being the only difference. My 1994 machine uses the guide attached with a screw that fits into a slot on the ankle’s back.
The large screw is tightened against the bar of the quilting guide to hold it in place. On my newer machine, the guide also attaches on the back of the ankle, just in a slightly different way.
The Interchangeable Dual Feed foot that came with my machine uses two guides: one that rides to the right of the presser foot and one that rides to the left of the presser foot.
These guides attach, again, behind the foot, but instead of using a screw to hold them steady, the foot has a slot into which they rest snugly. On all machines, all makes and models that use this type of guide bar, these guides can be used for both straight stitching and decorative stitching. They are perfect to use for any project which requires equidistant rows of stitching or stitching that is needed at a particular distance from the edge of the fabric. One suggestion when setting the distance for the foot: after setting the desired distance, lower the presser foot so the Edge/Quilting guide is touching the needle plate before you tighten the holding screw.
If you do this when securing the guide, the guide’s position will generally not change as you raise and lower the foot or as your fabric moves over the feed teeth.