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Old 03-27-2010, 07:20 AM
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can you ID my feet?

I got extra feet with the machine I just purchased and cant find a good source to identify their purpose. Is there anyone here that could tell me which one does what. Also are there any needle companies to stay away from? My machine came with Schmetz needles. thanks Grant

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These are all just assorted presser feet,possibly piping feet to attach certain sizes of piping. The narrow one is some kind of zipper foot. The one on your machine is also some kind of zipper foot.

The picture shows the feet I use. From left to right are a 3/4" welt foot I use to make windlace, a 5/8" welt foot (same use), a 1/4" welt foot I use on 5/32", 4/32", and 3/32" welt cord, a double welt foot, a single right foot with an additional single right upturn used to get close to things on the left side or to make zippers, a standard presser foot, and the last one is one of a set of 3 topstitch feet, used to topstitch at a certain distance from the edge of the fabric.

To figure out what size welt foot to use, add 3/32" to the diameter of the welt cord. in other words, 5/32" welt cord plus 3/32" equals 8/32", or 1/4". That means you'd use a 1/4" welt foot.
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thanks Dan

Are there additional feet I would need besides these? Grant
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I pretty much use a welt foot for most sewing, simply so I don't have to switch from a welt foot to a presser foot. The others are specialty feet for certain situations only and are used only occasionally. The 3/4" welt foot will pay for itself the first time you sew some windlace. The topstitch feet seemed like a good idea at the time, but I rarely ever need them.
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a humble request

Dan, I have been all over the net doing research along with trips to the library and several book stores and have not found a decent how to book on auto upholstery. Sure there are books out there but not the nittly gritty like you provide here. Your pieces on tuck and roll, adhesives etc are what is needed. You are the most helpfull, responsive individual on any board I know of and wish you would write a how to book. I think it would be very successful judging from all that you answer here. Just my humble request.
thank you again Grant
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I appreciate the compliment, but I am of the opinion that you can't learn any kind of upholstery from a book. I think you need to see how something is done as it is being done by someone who knows what they are doing. I have read books on auto upholstery that I could not figure out with 36 years of experience because they were disjointed, incomplete, and didn't tell you methods, they just said "this is what we did", which is worthless if the description is not included and detailed enough to understand. Besides that, upholsterers in different parts of the country describe things differently and use different jargon and different methods to do the same exact things. Everybody has their own little trade secrets and short cuts which may or may not be an effective way to do something. For example, I never heard what I call topstitching called a "lap fell seam" until I got on this bulletin board.
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