Today I am working on finishing a quilt for a bridal shower happening later this month. I will be adding embroidered quilting designs but before I do, I am stitching in the ditch to secure all my layers together. I have a number of options in terms of feet I usually use for stitch-in-the ditch, but today I decided to try something new and thought I would share that with you.
I decided to try using my Clear Open Toe foot. It worked great! I could see every single “ditch” so well and therefore was able to sew much faster than I usually can with the bonus of excellent accuracy.
I did make some adjustments to use this foot. I set my machine for “needle down” to make sure each time I stopped my fabric would not unexpectedly move. This was important especially at intersections where I needed to pivot. Since the toe of this foot is open, I clearly saw where my “ditch” was ending and so did not overshoot at the intersections!
I also lowered my presser foot pressure from its normal 6.0 to 3.0 (remember, some machines adjust this pressure with a knob either on the top or the left hand side of the machine while some machines let you adjust this in the Set Menu). Lastly, I changed the straight stitch from a 2.5 length to a 3.0. Now that my stitch-in-the-ditch is finished, it’s on to the embroidery!