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This is Part 15 in my ongoing Video Series featuring the Singer Quantum Stylist 9960. The Braiding Foot is another one of the specialty feet that came along with the Singer 9960 as part of the value added bonus.
|Braiding Foot, Shank and Guide|
|Shank Joined to the Braiding Foot and Guide Attached to the Back of the Shank|
|The Guide Attached to the Back of the Shank|
|“V” Shaped Channel on the Under Side of the Foot.|
This is a brand new foot for me and my first time trying it. As with all the bonus feet, they work in conjunction with the plastic shank/ankle that came with the bonus foot collection. There’s also a special guide that attaches to the back of the shank/ankle to help guide the braid or trim into the foot properly. (shown in picture #3) There is a large hole in the center front of the foot. (shown in picture #1) This large center hole is for threading the braid, cord or trim through, to hold it in place while the machine stitches it in place. On the underside of the foot, there is a “V” shaped channel that helps guide the trim as it’s stitched. (shown in picture #4) This channel also allows the foot to float easily over the trim as it’s being stitched.
For my first video demo, I used black rat tail cording and stitched through the center of the trim with a contrasting color thread to make the demo more visible. Rat tail cording is a smooth rounded satin cording. It’s readily available by the yard and comes in a wide variety of shades. I used the same poly/cotton woven fabric that I use for all of my video demos, except this time, I added a fusible stabilizer to the back of the fabric. It’s always a good idea to use stabilizer when adding dimensional trim. More on that later in my “tips” section.
In my second demo, I showed how to use a zigzag stitch over the rat tail cording. You don’t have to stop there, since the Singer 9960 has a wonderful assortment of decorative stitches that can be used with this foot to add trim for even more of an embellished look. For my last demo, I used stitch #24, the blanket stitch to stitch on the braiding/cording. Make sure when using any stitch that stitches over the braiding/cording, that you secure the ends. Otherwise, it can be pulled out of the stitches easily.
|L-R #24 Blanket Stitch, Zigzag Stitch, Straight Stitch 4.0 length|
Tips for adding trims:
4. Replace sewing machine needle: Do yourself a favor, and put in a new sewing machine needle before you start. The size of the needle will depend on the trim being stitched. Use a new sharp point needle so it pierces through the trim without getting hung up or caught.