Pg 19: Sewing the foot pocket
The quilt is a fantastic project. Some of our customers have sewn 3, 4, 5 or more quilts. With each one, their experience level increases and the quilts go together much easier. Jenny has lost count of how many she has sewn over the years. In fact, she is now sewing a new 2-person quilt with the alpine upgrade for our NFT.
When sewing the foot pocket, the material has a tendency to slide out from under the presser foot. I will describe Jenny's method of sewing the foot pocket. It is similar to her technique for sewing the perimeter top-stitching.
First, work slowly and don't be in a rush. Trying to sew fast often leads to frustration. By sewing slowly and being careful, you will do a much better job, and and your project will look much nicer.
Second, constantly check underneath the layers to make sure the needle is not inadvertently catching a fold of fabric hidden under your work.
Third, as the fabric feeds under the presser foot, "crab" the materials slightly away from the direction of stitching. That will keep the seam under the needle, without the material sliding away.
And fourth, whenever you stop to check or adjust the layers, which should be about every inch, stop with the needle in the all-the-way-down position before you lift the presser foot. That will hold the seam in place as you make any adjustments.
Note: You have to be careful that as you crab, you hold the materials firmly without pulling or pushing the needle off to one side, which might cause the needle to bend slightly and strike the base plate. That would damage the needle and call for a replacement. The technique is to sew slowly, steer in a crabbing direction without pulling or pushing, and to stop every inch or so to check or adjust the layers.
The gusset is nestled into the top of the foot pocket seam, centered on the seams, and top-stitched (sewn through both layers) around its perimeter.
Different quilt, inside out in order to view the top-stitching. The gusset is sewn through both layers (top-stitched from the other side).
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