NANNY TIP: Get a small scrap of fabric to act as a thread catcher – start sewing on the thread catcher and snip off when done and use over and over!!
Take a strip of fabric, line up the edge of the foot with the edge of the fabric and lower the foot. Watching the edge of the foot, start sewing on the thread catcher and when you move onto the fabric, sew about 3 stitches. Holding the reverse button, stitch a couple of stitches and then release and sew the line, finishing with a couple of reverse stitches at the end.
NANNY TIP: DO NOT WATCH THE NEEDLE – WATCH THE EDGE OF YOUR FOOT!!
Line the edge of your foot up with the stitch line you just made and go again, remembering to start and finish with a couple of reverse stitches. Keep practicing and you will soon be confident in sewing a straight line!!
Sometimes we need to sew ‘around corners’, so let’s go!
NANNY TIP: Don’t start at the corner!
Start about 1″-2″ before a corner. Lower the Pressure foot lining up the edge of the foot with the edge of the fabric and sew till about the same distance from the other side (you may need to slow down a bit – no speed hogs allowed!!)
Use your hand wheel to do the last couple of stitches, ending up with the needle still in the fabric.
Lift the Pressure Foot, turn the fabric and lower the Pressure foot so that it is now ready to sew down the other side.
Keep going until you have completed all corners.
Until next time
Just before I go, I realised that I forgot to introduce you to the Mother Machine -‘ Biddy’! This was a 21st birthday present to Mum from Dad and yes, even though mum has a lovely name – Carmel Josephine – she has always been known as Bid!
So if you are sewing on a ‘Biddy’ you will have a foot that looks like this:
and it will do the job of straight sewing just as well as the newer one on Betsy!!