Last week I told you about a family bridal shower I was going to and the quilt (actually a throw) I was making using the quilt-as-you-go technique. One week later, the gift is finished and I wanted to remind you of the role the multi-purpose tool (also called the “Clearance Plate” or “Button Reed”) can play in the application of binding. As you can see from my finished throw, there were several thick seams to get across. Stitch quality is always best when the presser foot is flat against the feed teeth, so I used the multi-purpose tool to help my presser foot stay level as it went over these very fat seams. Just as my foot approached the seam to cross over, I stopped with the needle down and the presser foot in pivot position. I slipped the multi-purpose tool behind and under the presser foot, allowing the foot to stay level, and went across the seam. I didn’t need the tool as I came off the seams, so I allowed my foot to simply sew off the tool. Voila! Perfect stitch quality and no bogging down at the thick seams (each panel has 2 layers of fabric + 2 layers of batting which is seamed to another panel consisting of the same amount. When crossing a seam, there are 2 more layers of material and batting that came into play!) The multi-purpose tool saved me time and frustration as I was “quilt dancing” today (dealing with more material than you have room to work with). If you didn’t have one of these gems included in the accessories of your machine, give Bonny and Frank a call. They usually have these in stock and they are very reasonable in price .
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