This morning I decided to ignore the things I ought to be doing, and complete a couple little tasks on my coat to prepare it for finishing.
I'm at the point where I need to hand-stitch the hem. I decided that I'd like a really nice finish on the raw edges of the front facing, which will remain exposed for a few inches below the lining. So I cut some bias strips of lining to do a Hong Kong finish. To make that easier for me, I used my new Edge-Joining Foot (a.k.a. "stitch-in-the-ditch foot").
I moved my needle over just far enough to stitch close to the ditch, but not in it:
And since I didn't mess that up, I decided to go ahead and edgestitch the pockets on.
One of the books I've been reading lately is The Sewing Machine Accessory Bible by Wendy Gardiner and Lorna Knight. This is a great little reference book which explains how to use each of the many sewing machine feet available, both in their standard uses and also in novel applications. I had read a while ago that the Blind Hem Foot can also be used for edgestitching. I decided to try it out on my pockets, and it really worked well.
The blind hem foot has a nice hefty guide on the right side for the fabric to butt up against. Because of the bulk of my pockets, I felt this would help me keep my edge lined up better than the smaller guide on the edge-joining foot. The blind hem foot also has a little "finger" that goes over the fabric to hold it down. Even though my pockets were basted on, I felt this helped a lot to keep everything in place. Here's how it looks while sewing:
You might need to click those to make it a little bigger - it was still pretty early when I did this, so there wasn't a whole lot of light!
In order for this to work as an edgestitcher, I had to move my needle all the way to the left, which is a 0.0 stitch width on my machine:
Here's the result:
I've said before that one of the reasons I bought the Janome is for the snap-on feet. Since purchasing the machine, I've been adding to my library of feet - I think I've got 8 or 9 specialty feet now. I admit that some of them I bought just because I though they were cool. Once I had them in hand, I wasn't quite sure how to use them! This little book is a real help - I'd definitely recommend it as part of a sewing reference library.
How about you guys? Do any of you also have a "foot fetish?" Which are your favorite feet to use?