It is always amazing that I still make discoveries, even after I've been quilting for soooooo many years. In my book Dancing with Thread I mention that I prefer to use a closed toe darning foot when quilting on the border or outside edge of a quilt. This is because it is less likely to catch in the edge of the border.
This particular day, I had finished the edge of the quilt, and was moving on to a different project. Too lazy to put the open toed foot back on, I just began to machine quilt with the enclosed foot. To my surprise, it gave me more control and a better free-motion stitch quality than the open foot, which came with my machine.
|Plastic closed toe darning foot for Janome machine|
Because the closed toe above, does limit the visibility slightly, I think the improved stitch quality outweighs the visual adjustment I've had to make. Why does it improve the stitch? I think because it lightly holds the fabric down near where the needle pierces the fabric. There seems to be less pulling and stress on the top of the quilt; hence a better stitch. The opening of foot measures about 3/8 ths of an inch.
|Open toed darning foot, original equipment for Janome machines|
Janome offers another darning foot. Read about it in the next post, darning feet part 2