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Old 09-17-2010, 09:16 PM
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What feet do I need?

How many sets of feet do I need to be able to just sew pieces together and do top stitch and french seams? I do not plan to use any cording or welting.
Do you use a topstich foot to do french seams? I noticed they have a little spring loaded guide that must ride against the fold on a top stitch, correct? Can you put that same guide in the groove of the seam to do a french seam?

I have seen people use a backing for french seams that has adhesive on one side and they just peel off the paper and stick it in place on back of the seam before sewing. What is that stuff called?

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Yes, there are topstitching feet, but you can do all of your sewing with a simple presser foot. I do 95% of my sewing with a welt foot on my machine, which is basically just a presser foot modified to sew welts. The only reason for this is that I don't want to waste my time changing feet unless I have to, and if I need to sew a welt I am ready. This is just a personal preference on my part, but I think you'll find most experienced sewers do it this way.

I use 1" twill tape on the back of my french seams, but it doesn't have any adhesive on it. I think the tape you're talking about is called bonding fabric or fusible web. Both are available with or without the paper backing, in sheet form as well as in tape form.
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OK I do not want to be changing feet alot either. I will never sew welt so unless there is something about that groove on the bottom that would help me for something else I guess a regular presser would be best. It just looks like that guide on the topstitch foot would really help.

I was looking closely at a picture of a topstitch foot on ebay and it looks to me like I could easily modify it to where I could raise the little spring loaded guide and lock it up in the raised posion. This should then give me a plain presser foot for most sewing and just drop the guide for topstitch eliminating changing feet. Do you know if the guide will raise enough to not have any potruding from the bottom?
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Here's some pictures of a topstitch foot. The topstitch foot is just a modified presser foot. You can take the little bolt, nut, and spring off and remove the guide, which will leave you with a presser foot with an extra groove in it.

I thought the topstitch foot would be a good idea too, but in practice, for me at least, I thought it was just in the way.

The last picture is a regular presser foot.
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