Through the suggestion of one of my extremely brilliant readers (Grandma Goose/no blog), I have discovered a new tool that has completely changed machine quilting for me.
My sewing machine is a Bernina, and I have loved it for probably 15 years now. It is a great machine, and when I buy another one, it will be another Bernina. It came with a walking foot attachment that has two sole plates. One is a closed toe foot and the other one is an open toe foot. The open toe foot is at the top of the picture, the standard closed toe foot is in the middle. On the bottom is the new tool I am so crazy for.
It is a "stitch in the ditch" foot!
Here it is, attached to my walking foot. See the screw on the side of the walking foot? You just loosen the screw and then you can interchange any of the sole plates to the walking foot. I know. Who knew?
What you get when you order the stitch in the ditch attachment is just the sole plate with the blade. It costs around $31 and is worth every cent. Your Bernina dealer probably has them in stock, and if not, can order one for you. Attaching it to the walking foot is super easy, and after you are finished quilting, you can replace it with the standard or open toe plate to use your walking foot for other purposes.
Here is a view from the opposite side of the walking foot. See the blade on the lower right below?
That blade fits right into the "ditch" in your seam intersections and sews a perfect, unwobbling line of stitching exactly where you want it.
I am using my seam ripper to point out where the blade will fit as it glides along the ditch.
Here I am, happily stitching along.
And here you see my perfect stitches right smack in the ditch where they belong. Look Ma, no wobbles. This little gizmo has revolutionized machine quilting for me!
Here is a YouTube video that you must watch to see how it is used. Great instructions and visuals.
Now, I realize lots of you may not have a Bernina sewing machine, and are scratching your heads, saying, "But I want one too". Janome, Brother and Viking all make a version of this foot! Check it out, maybe there is one available for your sewing machine.