|Hearts and Trillium by Ann Fahl|
Also when quilting the outside edges I found it necessary to go back to a closed toe foot on a spring as the open toe got caught in the batting and the outer edge of the quilt top. These problems were really irritating.
|Here is my collection of Janome darning feet. L to R: open toe spring, closed toe spring, adjustable open toe, large closed foot option, small closed toe option for adjustable foot.|
No matter what brand of machine you use darning feet will fall into the same categories:
- Open foot on a spring--great visibility with this foot for all around quilting. Zigzag stitching is possible with this foot. Open toe catches on the batting. Your eyes eventually get tired watching the foot bounce up and down on the spring. I have had good success with this foot over many years for both embroidery and quilting.
- Closed foot on a spring--great all around darning foot. It works well when quilting the outside edge of a quilt because it is less likely to get caught in the batting. Zigzag stitching is possible with this foot. Great when working around embellishments. The closed toe reduces visibility. Your eyes eventually get tired watching the foot bounce up and down on the spring. I have had good success with this foot over many years for both embroidery and quilting.
- Open foot that hovers--the open toe gives good visibility. This foot hovers over the quilt rather than bounces, so it is so much easier on your eyes. Straight stitching only with this tiny foot. Gets tangled up in batting when quilting on edges of quilt. It also gets caught in and around embellishments. I love this for my free-motion embroidery.
- Large foot or big circular darning foot--at this point, I haven't used this foot. It is possible to zigzag stitch with this one. There is some distortion because of the curved plastic shape.
- Closed foot that hovers--limited visibility causes eye strain. Straight stitch only. Impossible to stitch in the ditch or outline an applique with this foot.
- It is best to have a selection of several feet so they can be changed to accommodate the project or need!
If you have any additional comments, preferences, or problem areas, please let me know. I could like to compile your ideas with mine and come up with a chart about darning feet by type, and positive and negative aspects of each type.
For my earlier posts on darning foot, go back in the archives to Nov 2010, I think there were 3 or 4 different posts.
Please send me your observations.