MCM #11 – The Right Tools

Seems like I have been doing a lot of stitch in the ditch quilting lately. It’s not my favorite thing to do as I usually end up NOT stitching in the ditch – my stitches fall to the left or the right and occasionally land in the sweet spot.

But all that changed when I discovered Janome makes a foot for my machine specifically for stitching in the ditch. Boy, does that baby work!

There’s a guide on the front that slides right along the seam and the stitches just fall in place. Ingenious. My Dad always said the right tool makes the job easier and he was right.

Janome S Foot SITD

This particular attachment is for my Janome 6500, but other brands have their own SITD foot. There are also generic feeet available.

I found the foot a few weeks ago but just recently purchased it. I thought I could get along without it, and learn to stitch in that ditch on my own. Then I had all that quilting to do so I finally jumped on board and got one. I am so glad I did. It has made SITD so much easier and my quilting looks so much better because of it.  Best of all, I am no longer bummed at the thought of stitching in the ditch. 🙂

How about you – are there tools you use that aren’t essential but make your sewing life easier? I might find something else I need to have…

I’m also playing with these pretty fabrics. More about these later. I hope to make some progress on this project this week and have more to show you in a few days.

Somerset Fig Tree Moda HSTs

So that is my crush for this Main Crush Monday. What are you working on that has you excited this week? I would love for you to share!  You can link up any blog post or Instagram pic – here’s how:

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About Beth

I’m a wife, mother of two, and lover of all things crafty. I love to cook up new things in the kitchen and in my craft room, and sometimes get “licking the spoon” mixed up with “licking the fabric”!!

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7 Responses to MCM #11 – The Right Tools

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  2. Joanna says:

    I have this foot with my 6600 and like to use it when i do bindings. (I use Red pepper Quilt’s tutorial where you stitch in the ditch on the front to catch the binding on the back). I’ve found the more I use the SITD foot, the more confident I feel doing it with my walking foot as i start to get the feel of lining it up right.

  3. Jasmine says:

    Interesting. Do you have any problems feeding the quilt through with it not being a walking foot?

  4. Hi Beth, I have a Janome 6600 but have never tried that foot. I usually use my walking foot to SITD. I use quilting gloves and put a little pressure on each side of the seam, pulling the seam open slightly so that I am more likely to hit that sweet spot. Thanks for sharing your experience with the SITD foot.

  5. Judy says:

    I had one for my Janome 7700. . . I couldn’t get used to it. I couldn’t see where the stitches were going and I guess my control issues just would not let me trust that they were going in the right place 😉 I have a 1/4 foot for my walking foot – LOVE! I do all of my piecing with my walking foot so when I saw that they made a foot to attach to the walking foot, I was all over it!

  6. What a brilliant solution for SITD! I have never seen that before, but it makes a lot of sense. Having the right tool really can make all the difference, but my mind is blanking out on other good examples at the moment. 🙂

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