Not your real foot, silly! Let's break your free motion foot so it works better and gives you 360 degrees of visibility around your needle.
Here's how to do it:
You can pick up your own generic free motion foot right here.
Why invest in a generic foot just to break it?
Well for some reason there's a big selection of machines that don't have darning feet / free motion feet made by their manufacturer.
Even worse, some machines, like my Juki, come with big, clunky free motion feet that need to be modified anyway. You might as well break a foot that isn't super expensive and can easily be replaced!
These feet are generic and they're available in 2 sizes: high shank and low shank, so they can fit most machines.
Here's how to determine which shank machine you have:
Put on your regular piecing foot and lower the foot. Using a tape measure, measure the distance from the bottom of the foot to the top of the screw hole that attaches the foot to your machine.
If the distance is 3/4" or less, you probably have a low shank machine.
If the distance is 1 1/4", chances are you have a high shank machine.
If you're sewing with a singer, you might have a Slant Shank machine (distance of 1 1/8"). In this case, you'll want to get the Big Foot for Slant Shank machines instead.
With the Big Foot, the only modification you really need to make is to cut off or bend back the bar that causes the foot to hop on the surface of your quilt.
Of course, this is a personal preference, so only break it if you don't like the hopping!
Bernina users really don't need to try out this generic foot because Bernina already makes a perfect, metal open toe darning foot for your machine. Just go talk to your dealer to find this awesome foot.
While it may seem silly to fuss over which foot you use, it's actually extremely important.
How much visibility you have around your needle will directly effect how well you travel over your previous stitching, hit certain points of your design, and see where you want to go next.
Before I modified my juki foot, I felt like I was trying to quilt in the dark. The foot was in my way and I couldn't see the stitches or estimate where I wanted to go next.
It's almost like trying to drive a car with a 6 ft tall person sitting on your lap!
I mention in the video that I like the generic foot better. In truth, I really like the Big Foot the best of all, but both plastic feet are extremely reflective on camera.
I'm a firm believer in finding something that works and sticking with it so I'll continue to use my metal foot simply because I don't like to have to readjust to a new foot every time I sit down to quilt.
So if your foot isn't up to snuff, consider giving the generic free motion foot or the Big Foot a try.
I bet once you put it on your machine, you'll realize you've been quilting in the dark this whole time!
Let's go quilt (or break our feet!)