And TODAY… more couching! How I love a free motion foot of any kind… but this #43 free motion foot from Bernina is particularly FUN and one of my most favorites to use. The foot comes with three pieces; the foot itself, a thread guide (that you load onto your Bernina thread cutters), and a small wire that is a threader that helps you insert cords/yarns through the holes of the foot. Ask your Bernina dealer to demonstrate it for you! I will be demonstrating this at the placemat class at “The Quilt A Way” on February 15th 5:30 – 8pm. Class fee: only $10 – come join us!
|You can see the stitches ‘pulled’ a bit… so lower the tension!
- Lower your top tension at least 1-2 levels
- Lower your feed dogs
- Use a 90/14 microtex needle
- with foot #43 from Bernina, the needle stitches through the center of the cord, so it’s important to get it stitched down, but keep the foot moving evenly over the fabric.
- just like any other foot, you can make circles, stitch over previous lines, and etc.
- keep an even speed; not too fast, not too slow
- tie off like you normally would
- cording or yarn you choose for this particular foot is approximately 2mm in width, or roundness. Too big, a cord won’t fit properly and will plug the holes in the foot. Too loose, and it won’t stitch down at all. So find something that ‘fills the hole’ but feeds smoothly & evenly through the hole.
I am showing some basic placemats above, previously cut with free hand curves, and then those curved pieces have been edge-stitched down, and are now ready for stitching, couching and decorative stitch accents. Here’s the link to a previous blog that featured Christmas themed placemats. Hint: Look at your needle as you gauge placement… it’s in the center of the foot, so placing your foot, and watching the needle will take some practice, in order to get exact placement.
Remember, this is free motion, so feed dogs are down. Lower your tension as needed, and match your top thread color to the cord. I like 50 weight Masterpiece cotton from Superior threads in my top and the same in my bottom thread, but a polyester is good too, and I make my decisions based upon how much I’m going to couch, and the type of cord/yarn I am couching. Polyester tends to be stronger, and for that reason alone, it can be a better choice especially if you are using ‘tougher’ cords/yarns with nylon or alot of density to them.
Threading the foot: Begin with the side-entry, feeding your cord/yarn through the side, and then down through the top center hole. Keep the excess cord/yarn to the left, ensuring it is tangle free and can feed easily as you are sewing/quilting.
|Thread yarn through the side-entry hole first
The #43 Free Motion Couching Foot by Bernina is just a “must have” foot if you want to look like a STAR! I teach and demonstrate this to most of my classes! It’s just too good not to share! Note: This foot has a shank that fits only the newer Bernina machines (10 years or more new), and it is not produced for the older models.
|Yarn completely threaded (left to right, through the center hole)