Sunday, March 10, 2013

Flower Power!!

The Flower Stitching Foot has been around for ages, however within the last year or so Singer has started bundling it with their new machine foot packages.  This foot will work on most low shank zigzag machines.  Not long after that, I actually got one from Internetsalesusa.

Notice the - sign on the left and the + sign on the right.


The large screw in the front of this pic is how to adjust the size of the flowers.   Loosen screw and pull the center line to the left or - sign for smaller motifs, set line in the center for mid sized motifs and set line to the right or + sign for the largest motifs.


It's quite a fascinating foot on the large side with unlimited potential.  It didn't come with many directions or a chart to help with stitch selections, so I will detail the stitches I tested out.  The stitching patterns kind of remind me of the old "Spirograph" set I played with endlessly as a child, that I STILL HAVE!!
  
I decided to set up the Flower Stitching foot on my Singer Quantum L-500.   I lowered the feed dogs, set  the stitch to a wide zigzag and then pulled the thread up from the bobbin.  Everything seemed fine until I went to sew.    The machine sort of started to act "possessed" for the lack of a better description.  It would stitch a few stitches and then it would stitch erratically on it's own.  Weird.....It was stitching WITHOUT me pressing the foot pedal or the start/stop button!!  The only way I could get it to stop was to shut the machine OFF.  Well after repeating the whole process over again and then again, I took the Flower Stitching Foot off to see if the machine would stitch in a regular setting again.  It worked just fine.  phew......

I was disappointed at this point, but just wanted to see what this foot would do so I went and set it up on the Singer Quantum Stylist 9960. Once again I installed the foot, lowered the feed dogs, selected a wide zigzag and pulled up the thread from the bobbin. I held my breath and hit the gas. It stitched beautifully!! So I played and played with different stitches and had a fun time. So now I knew it wasn't the foot, but what was the problem??

I went back to the L-500 for further inspection. I reinstalled the foot yet again and followed all the same set up instructions. This time I noticed that when I engaged the presser foot lever, the foot didn't go down every time. I found that the bar that's supposed to ride over the needle bar was interfering with the dual feed. This foot WILL NOT work on the L-500. Part of the mystery was solved!! However, I still don't know why it was stitching on it's own though........hummm......

Back view
 
Side view
 
Front view
 
Now back to the 9960 for some more testing.  This foot has a HUGE amount of potential.  Almost unlimited combinations can be used to create all kinds of pretty flowers.  Not to mention all the different thread possibilities and combinations!!  The one thing that I want you to be aware of is that not every stitch will end perfectly where the stitch starts.  In other words, sometimes it doesn't make a perfect flower.  So if you're looking for a perfectly completed flower every time with every stitch it's not going to happen easily.  It probably can happen if you do lots of testing of different stitches to find the right combinations, but I wanted you to be aware of this minor imperfection.  I wasn't interested in that anyway.  I just wanted to explore this foot and work within it's parameters.
 
Close up of the foot attached to the 9960.  Notice how the bar on the foot rides right on top of the needle bar with no obstructions like with the L-500.
 

Now on to what I did with it.  I used a black denim with fusible interfacing for my testing.  I tested many stitches to see which ones made the best looking flowers.  I was pleasantly surprised in what I found.  Quite a few of the factory set stitches worked pretty close to perfectly and those that didn't just needed to be stitched around another time or two.  THIS FLOWER FOOT IS A WINNER!!!
 
Here I've detailed a few stitches done on the Singer Quantum Stylist 9960  in different sizes for you to understand the potential of this foot.
Stitch #29 S stitched 1x around, M&L stitched 3x around
 

Stitch #95 SML stitched around 1x
Stitch # 62 SML  stitched 2x's around

 
Stitch #12 SML stitched around 1x
Stitch #14 SML stitched around 1x

Stitch #9 SML stitched around 1x
I hope you can see all the wonderful effects that can be achieved with this foot.  Imagine mixing the different stitches in contrasting colors!!  I think my wheels are spinning, what about yours!!

Updated:  4/18/2013
Hi Zoe!!  Thanks for pointing out that I had forgotten to add the actual instructions that came with the Flower Stitching Foot so I'm adding them now.  If you still have questions, please feel free to comment again or message me.  I hope that you're able to get this foot to work for you because it's got great potential and it's FUN!!


 
Thank You for taking the time to read my review of this foot.  I appreciate it!!

12 comments:

  1. So, do you move the fabric around in a circle for the stitching? or does that happen automatically? Also, do you use an embroidery hoop to keep the fabric taut? though with denim I guess that might not have been needed...

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    1. The foot itself has a rubber bottom that presses against the fabric as it stitches and rotates to create the flower. I used a fusible interfacing to keep the fabric taunt and smooth even on the denim. I will have to try it in the future on a lighter weight fabric to see how it works. Thanks for commenting. This is really a cool foot with lots of possibilites.

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  2. I bought this foot and it came with no directions. :-( I only could get it to sew two diff. kinds of circles and it also didn't expand well for larger circles. Perhaps it has "issues" with my machine. I have only one machine so I guess I won't use this foot after all. Did your foot come with directions? If so, would you mind sharing? I could try it again and see if it was operator error instead of a problem with the sewing machine. lol

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    1. Hi Zoe! I did receive actual directions with the foot and have added them to this post. I hope this will get you going with using this fantastic foot!! Would you mind sharing what kind of machine you have and if it has decorative stitches? Thanks

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  3. I'm getting this foot tomorrow -- YAY!!! I have the Singer Quantum 9960, so this is great info -- thanks so much for sharing!!! ;-)

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    1. You're welcome. Glad to hear you're getting this foot and have the Singer 9960. That was the machine I used in my review. Let me know what you think of it please?? Thanks

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    2. I think my flower stitch foot may be defective, as it would make small & medium circles perfectly upon receiving it, but for the large it always went about 2/3 of the way around and would then no longer rotate. It just stayed in one spot. Now it often does this in the medium setting also. I did notice the first day that it would 'click' when moving setting mark "G" to the medium position, but not click for the large position, so not sure what's wrong. If I merely place my finger on the little 'ratchet' piece with no pressure, then it will complete the flower, but obviously that's not a workable solution! I really want to be able to use this foot and know it's awesome when it's working right! I'm thinking maybe it's just one that is a bit 'off' somehow and another will work perfectly, so I'll check with my retailer for a replacement!

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    3. Hi Marge! Sorry to hear you had problems with your attachment. Sounds like a good idea to get a replacement.

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    4. Finally got my flower stitch foot replacement and it WORKS!!! YAY! Now I'll have fun playing!!!

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    5. Can't wait to see what you do with it!! Enjoy!!

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