Do you think sewing machine buyers guide can help you. There are a lot of thinks that you can do with your machine. You can have these extra skills that work with you. You can design a lot of new thinks with these skills. Let’s talk about this new skill today. There’s a couple of tricks for getting yourself over a denim hem. You’ve noticed that when you’ve turned up fabrics, it gets very very thick, and as your foot goes up and over, it doesn’t always stay stabilized. Maybe you have to help it through, push it maybe, break a needle. I’m going to show you how on this machine, you can stabilize the foot, and a little side note on some top stitching. I’ve gone ahead, I have my seam sewn, but before I sew it, why don’t we take a blind hem foot, which is in your accessory box, put it on the machine, and we’ll quick top stitch this down. We’re just going to go a head and set that in place, slide the thread down the middle of the foot. Now you can also watch on how to do a blind hem, but we’re going to use this for something that it’s technically not intended for, which is kind of fun. I’m just going to make sure my little thread is where I want it to be.
Slide it down the right side of that guide, there we go. I’ve kind of pressed the seam to the left, and then I’m going to set the blade of this foot down through the seam. My needle’s hanging out on that left side, just like normal. I’ve lengthened out the stitch length, but here, you can just finger press this open, or press it with your iron, and then just top stitch. Look how pretty your straight stitch is when you use a foot with a guide. It makes such a difference, one of my favorite things to do. First off, we have a nice straight seam. Now we’re going to switch back to our regular foot, and you’re going to notice that there is on this foot this little black spring in the back. What I’m going to do is when your foot goes up over the seam, instead of it being left up there, we’re going to lift up the foot, and I’m going to engage this little button.
There’s a little place in the back of the machine that it will slip in to and keep the foot stable. I’m going to move my needle to the center needle position. I’m just going to pick stitch number one. Make sure, because you are going over a thicker piece of fabric, make your stitch length to three or three and a half. We’re going to fold up that jeans hem once and twice, and then you’ll actually get a better result if you stitch from the top side. That’s why they call it top stitching. Then I’m going to just place this here. What I’m going to do is I’m going to sew up to the point where the foot starts to angle up. See right here? This is usually where your stitches start to get really small, because it’s trying to climb this mountain, and only the back part of the foot, it’s touching the feed dogs. With the needle down, lift up your presser foot, tip the foot forward so it’s level, and then push that black button in until you hear it engage. It should engage, and then when you lower the foot, you’re going to notice that it is now level, it’s not angled any further.
It’s actually being held in that, you might say, plateau area, and then once it comes down, you’re ready to go right off the edge, and it’s so much easier than having to push your way up and over that seam, and all your stitches stay one even length.