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Posted: 1/27/2013 10:32:02 PM
Sorry this is a day late. I posted it in the CHA forum by mistake.

Kim talked about ordering presser feet/foot by Creative Feet last week. I watched video after video on these wonderful (I hope) products. I'm really interested in all 3 products.

Satinedge: The Satinedge foot is used for Top Stitching, Edge Stitching, Pintucking, Applique, Invisible Applique, Stitching-In-A-Ditch, ¼" seams, inside curves, Applique, Trapunto Applique and more.

Pearls 'n Piping: The Pearls N Piping foot allows you to couch cordings and guides all of your round 1/16" to 1/4" trims for you, so you can guide your fabric. Make pillows with single or multiple rows of piping, and add beads to the edge of the piping.

Sequins 'N Ribbon Foot: Add sequins, ribbons, ric rac and braided trims to your sewing projects. Sew elastic with the Sequins N Ribbon foot without the need for a third hand! No need to pull the elastic from behind the foot.

Link to Creative Edge pin

Do you have any of these feet? If so, what do you think? Do you know people who own them? Kim has yours arrived?

The videos are amazing. If you have seen any of them, tell us what you are thinking about the feet.

On a side note. ...I just returned home after visiting near Annapolis, MD and found a wonderful quilt shop. Looking forward to shopping there in the future.


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Posted: 1/27/2013 10:39:07 PM
I bought a set of creative feet a long time ago (2 machines ago. lol) and I don't even know if they would fit on my current machine. I should dig them out and see. I think I have the 3 you listed. I don't think I've used a single one, ever.

They came with a vhs tape. That tells you how long ago it was.


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Posted: 1/27/2013 10:53:01 PM
Until I started quilting I never used anything but the regular foot which accomodated zig zag and a zipper foot. I made everything with those. Since I started quilting I've used the 1/4 inch foot, walking foot and open toe darning foot. The Satin Edge foot does look interesting.



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Posted: 1/28/2013 12:37:53 AM
Just saw this. Yes, I got it, but I'll post tomorrow. Going to bed now.







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Posted: 1/28/2013 5:43:59 AM
I just want to be able to find a darning foot that will fit my machine. I am using my moms old old kenmore machine from the 1960's that had an extra high foot shaft. I bought a darning foot thinking it would work and it doesn't. Those adapters for the feet look like they would work. Ill have to check the site a little closer to see if I can just purchase the adapters.

I just don't think I would use most of those feet because I don't do zippers, sequins, beads etc. It does look interesting though!!

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Posted: 1/28/2013 6:39:14 AM
I have many of those feet. I know how to use some of them. Other than my regular foot my most used foot is my thin zipper foot. Next I'd the blind hem foot.

My sewing machine was my grandmothers though and is a 60+ ish year old singer. I have many of the 'wheels' for fancy stitches as well and my most used one is the blind hem wheel.

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Posted: 1/28/2013 6:55:50 AM
I am very interested in that Sequins and Ribbon foot and already had the Satin Edge foot on my future purchases list, along with a ruffler.

I am excited to have just bought a rolled edge hem. I have to practice using it soon as I need it for a costume that will have a very sheer fabric but will need a nice edge. No serger (after all i just bought a new machine), but I think this will be beautiful.

I should stop opening these threads because my "must buy" list keeps growing. I also cover my eyes and repeat "I will not start quilting, I will not stsart quilting."



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Posted: 1/28/2013 6:55:51 AM
I am very interested in that Sequins and Ribbon foot and already had the Satin Edge foot on my future purchases list, along with a ruffler.

I am excited to have just bought a rolled edge hem. I have to practice using it soon as I need it for a costume that will have a very sheer fabric but will need a nice edge. No serger (after all i just bought a new machine), but I think this will be beautiful.

I should stop opening these threads because my "must buy" list keeps growing. I also cover my eyes and repeat "I will not start quilting, I will not stsart quilting."



dynalady
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Posted: 1/28/2013 1:50:02 PM
Here's my report As to be expected it is not quite as easy right out of the box as the videos make it look. It requires a lot of adjusting tension, stitch length and width, etc. depending on the fabric and finished effect you want. I'm sure it will get easier with practice though.

These are my original test pieces. Not great yet, but improved as I went along.





And a couple pintucks just because they are in the instruction booklet, and I like pintucks.



These are the tests I did this morning for the curtains I'm making for DD. I used two different overlock stitches on my machine. They worked really well with the foot and I'm very happy with the results.



I think I will get a lot of use out of the foot, especially not having a serger, and depending on what type of sewing you do I would recommend it.

I won't be getting the others since I already have the Pfaff feet for those applications, so someone else will have to play with them.







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Posted: 1/28/2013 1:53:24 PM
I have a newer janome and took a class on using sewing machines. my machine comes with a buttonholer foot...you put in the button in a spring holder in the foot, program which button hole you want and it stitches the buttonhole the right size for the button!!
easy peasy.

I have 14 different feet, so will be trying to learn to use them.

gale w
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Posted: 1/28/2013 1:54:29 PM

Other than my regular foot my most used foot is my thin zipper foot.
I just got one of those. My machine came with the fat foot but I read that the thin type is better (and more of what I used with my old old machines but I barely remember that now). I am going to be making some fat piping and putting a zipper on a pillow soon so I hope this new thin foot makes it easier.


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Posted: 1/28/2013 2:43:47 PM
My machine came with a fat zipper foot and it's useless for piping. You just can't sew close enough. It's fine for zippers, but half the time I still put on my thin zipper foot.

I'd really like an edge stitch foot for my machine. It can be hard to fit aftermarket feet on my machine, so I hesitate to buy anything but Baby Lock brand. How is the Satinedge foot different from a standard edge foot? (I need one anyway so if this one is better, I might look into getting one.)


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dynalady
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Posted: 1/28/2013 2:50:21 PM
Take a look at the info and videos on the website. Creative Feet

I have a couple different edge stitching feet for my machine, but this has a little wire that rides along the edge of the fabric. The thread goes over it and holds the edge without the bunching and rolling you can sometimes get with a regular foot. The main thing I wanted it for is to finish edges similarly to a serger. The fact it does so much else is a bonus. All the feet work well, just differently for different applications.







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Posted: 1/30/2013 7:47:08 AM
Thanks for the detailed review, Kim. Since I won't be investing in a serger anytime soon, this looks like a great solution. The only thing that scares me a bit is having to adjust the tension. That's the one thing I do NOT enjoy doing and one of the reasons I bought the machine I did.

Hopefully, the company Creative Feet will be at the Quilt Show this summer in Raleigh so I can see it up close and personal.


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Posted: 1/30/2013 11:18:22 AM
Kim, I have a question about that edge stitching foot that you reviewed. The website says it also can be used for accurate small seams, like 1/4 inch, and then it specifically says "scant 1/4 inch." I recently bought a 1/4 inch seam foot for my machine, and it's great -- it sews an absolutely perfect 1/4 inch seam. However, I am having a lot of trouble mastering this "scant" business, so blocks and stuff I am making and just the tiniest bit too small. I understand the concept and why the seam has to be just shy of 1/4 inch, it is just that I am not very good at doing it. Would this foot actually allow me to set that guide wire a tiny bit less than 1/4 inch, so that I could just ride the fabric along the edge and get a perfect scant 1/4 inch seam? If so, I am buying this puppy today.


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Posted: 1/30/2013 1:33:54 PM
Barbara. You can set it for a scant 1/4". I think there would be pluses and minuses to it though.

The Satinedge foot will give you better visibility as far as seeing just where the needle is going into the fabric, as opposed to only seeing that the edge of the fabric and foot are lined up. However, it doesn't hold the fabric as securely as the 1/4" foot. It is held down on the left side of the foot, but the edge of the fabric is basically free at the point of stitching and therefore less stable and more likely to get sucked down into the throat plate. The more stable the fabric, top and bottom, the less likely that is to happen. That is why I use a straight stitch throat plate when I piece.

All of this is based on how my 1/4" foot works and the fact that all my fabric is washed. If you don't pre-wash, or heavily starch before cutting that would make the fabric a little more stable along an unsupported edge.

You can also try using a basic foot that would hold the fabric on both sides and adjusting your needle position to get the true or scant 1/4" if your machine has that adjustment. But then you can't use a straight st. throat plate.

And, just my opinion, the difference between a 1/4" and a scant 1/4" is really not as important as keeping all your seams consistent.







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Posted: 1/30/2013 3:22:37 PM
Kim, thank you for the advice! As I'm sure you can tell, I am new to quilting and welcome advice from those who are experienced. My seams are definitely consistent now that I am using the 1/4 inch foot. The machine I am using is a basic Kenmore that I've had for a million years, and I had to special order the 1/4 inch foot for it from Sears. It does not have a single needle throat plate, only the "big" hole for zig-zagging, and also the needle position cannot be adjusted. So there is only so much I can do, but the new foot has made a big difference in the consistency of my seams.

Maybe I am overthinking things and I will just try to be consistent and see how it goes!


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Posted: 5/30/2013 1:00:17 AM
Hello everyone!
I'm Clare Rowley, the Inventor of the Creative Feet generic sewing machine feet and the Octi-Hoops Free Motion Embroidery and Quilting frames. I was asked by one of your members to join the site and post here so I may answer any of your questions regarding my products.

#1 important rule when learning a product.... use good fabric and thread so you have success on your first try.

The less you've sewn, the easier it is to take on these products because you don't have to hold on as much as you're used to with other sewing products.

Be sure to also view the videos I've created on our YouTube channel - these videos can also be found on each foot's page at creativefeet.com

I designed the Satinedge foot for a woman blind and deaf. The Pearls N Piping foot for a woman that couldn't open her hands from years of hand beading, and the Sequins N Ribbon foot for a Fashion Designer the year the Pre-strung Sequins were developed by Roberta from meadowbrookinventions.com She's amazing! We worked together to create stretchable sequins.

I've been teaching sewing, quilting & embroidery for over 35 years - so feel free to ask anything

Warm Regards,

Clare~

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Posted: 5/30/2013 1:06:15 AM
Someone mentioned that they had a sewing machine brand's copy of my feet - it's important you know that they are in-fact copies and they didn't violate my patents.

This means that they LOOK like my feet but the patented features of my feet were not copied. Therefore, they have feet that seem like mine but they are nothing like my feet in the way they perform.

On the Pearls N Piping foot - the channel is a V shape and all of the sewing machine companies that copied my foot mad U shaped tunnels - there foot holds 1 size trim without you having to hold the trim and mine ALL sizes without holding the trims AT-ALL

And the Sequins N Ribbon foot feeds through ALL of your flat trims including all sizes and types of elastic without having to hold the trims or pull the elastic from behind the foot. My foot has been the leading choice among top educators for over 24 years.

This is not my attempt to "sell" you on my products, just speaking factually, about historical occurrences that took place over the last 24 years of production.

Have an Inspired Day!

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Posted: 5/30/2013 1:12:57 AM
After reading a question regarding the Satinedge foot and how it's different from other edge stitching feet. Satinedge is the only foot with a wire that is made from piano wire - that actually guides the fabric for you.

It does 27 different things - and is capable of allowing you to push the fabric against it rather than guiding "just-so" like other feet with guides that simply have you "look" at something. Remember the woman I invented it for was blind from birth, so she couldn't see (ever). This made it necessary for me to make a foot that she could "lean" on so-to-speak.

Satinege does the guiding for you - once you let go that is. Because you're so used to holding the fabric all the time while sewing, it is an adjustment to "let-go" of it as you sew. But is sure is fun when you realize you're no longer hunched over trying to watch the needle and your back doesn't hurt - hands are relaxed and your stitching no matter what kind is straighter or more accurate than every imagined.

Of course your results do require that you take the foot out of the package and actually give it a try

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Posted: 5/30/2013 1:23:11 AM
Creative Feet will be in Raleigh NC in a couple weeks, so you can come see the demonstration. As for adjusting your thread tension... sometimes you just have to - or you may have some puckers. Most machines do adjust tension for you based on the technique that you're doing but they can't read our minds and I have you use a specific scientific approach to sewing that makes all of your sewing more durable. This scientific approach is from my background in the back-end of the sewing industry, working with presidents of sewing machine companies such as Singer, Pfaff, Brother International, Baby Lock, Bernina and Janome.

24 years and some things are still best done with a little adjusting. However, I never have you adjust your bobbin tension - I direct you to do things that "tricks" the sewing machine and makes it easier for the thread's passage through the machine.

I'm a master sewing machine mechanic on all makes and models, including Industrial and the sergers that have been mentioned.

Knowing how you all feel about adjusting your machines and trying to learn about the needles and threads, I just tell you what to do like a "cook book" does. Learn and study if you like, or just open the page to the technique you want and follow the steps to sewing more accurately than ever before.

Another mentioned that the feet do more than one thing as a bonus. That is true as each Creative Feet in essence replaces the need for 88 different feet, that is IF there were that many. Because if you have all 3 you can accomplish 88 different techniques.

That's all I can address tonight. I'll await more questions and wish you all success in your sewing~
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