Which Foot? A Machine Quilting Quick Tip

Good Morning, Quilters!

For most of my quilting, my favorite BERNINA foot is the #24 Free Motion Embroider foot.  I like it because it is open-toed and off set which allows the greatest visibility.

However, when stitching around this cross-stitch blanket,  the open toe acted like a hook–frequently getting caught in the stitches!

Machine Quilting Presser Feet

I found the #9 Darning Foot worked much better on this quilt.

I also use the #9 foot when I am stitching around hand appliqué–as the #24 foot tends to hook itself into appliqué as well.

So if YOU are getting “hooked” on quilted embellishments–try a closed foot instead.

Be sure to check out your local BERNINA dealer for the Foot of the Month–the February special is the Needle Punch Set…



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18 thoughts on “Which Foot? A Machine Quilting Quick Tip

  1. Thanks for the tip Lori. I have never used my closed foot but am planning a quilt using many old stitcheries and embroidering. This is good to know. Love, love your work and just recently bought your Craftsy class. So informative and love that I can watch it over and over!! Thank you!!

  2. I have also used the Bernina #29 foot for FMQ on a textured fabric (such as the cross-stitch you mention, or even something with lots of seam joins). It is clear, has a wider opening to accommodate zig-zag FMQ, and uses a rim to more easily glide up and over height variances or loopy threads.

  3. Has anyone tried the new ruler foot? I’m really anxious to try it bit a little worried about being able to hold it in place without it slipping.

      • I got mine in January and have only used it a little, but I love it. Its like FM – gotta play with it to understand it. At Bernina club they told us to put the little non slip stickers on the bottom, or even rolled up painters tape – which is what I did. However, the Bernina tray table on machine slopes down at the edge. So I purchased a flat table insert that fits my sewing table.

  4. Today’s tip was just what I needed – I have a note about these feet to ask about at the quilt store. I did a little darning with the #24. My old Bernina had a #9 and the small hoop, and I think my repairs were less puckery. I will get a #9 for my newer machine.

  5. Since I’m just teaching myself free motion (with your wonderful tutorials, Lori!) I have ONLY used my old darning foot — did a full size quilt with it last year. And I keep getting better, so it must be OK! I plan to get the open toed offset foot, but somehow I keep forgetting… LOL

  6. Michelle, Have you considered the Grip Strips from Guideline4Quilting.com? They’re clear, repositionable, removable, don’t raise the height of your ruler & make the surface grip — really!

  7. I use a clear plastic closed quilting foot for all of my fmquilting. I think it’s #290 . A bernina foot. glides over everything and the hoop is small and clear so I can see how close I’m getting to things I want to avoid.

  8. Patsy Thompson advertises a new clear acrylic quilting foot at her website–for high, medium, and low-shank machines. I am ordering one soon….

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