I think it is extremely
important that I mention to people what "Sew on the Pressure foot"
means. I find my self saying this about 25 times a day to students.
First of all, What is the Pressure foot? The Pressure foot
is a part of the sewing machine that has a couple of purposes. It
has pressure and holds the fabric that you want to sew in place. It
also acts as a guide, and a reminder to keep fingers away from the
pressure foot . In doing this, you will automatically keep fingers
away from the needle. Here is a close up of a pressure foot.
You should NEVER sew with the
pressure foot up. You can break a machine and/or a needle and damage
the project you are making. So when a pattern calls for "Use the
pressure foot as your guide" or "Sew along the pressure foot",
they mean to sew your seam with the fabric lined up along the side of the
pressure foot. The most important part is to be consistent,
especially in quilting. If the directions say to sew along the
pressure foot, this is how you should be sewing:
Both of the photos above show
"sewing on the pressure foot, or using the pressure foot as your
guide". BUT, the photo to the left has the fabric lined right up
against the right side of the pressure foot edge, where as the photo to the right show the
pressure foot moved towards the left a little and the fabric is showing
about 1/8" to the right of the pressure foot. Both of these ways are
correct, BUT which ever way you start on your project, especially in
quilting, you MUST continue the same way until your project is done.
If not, even that 1/8" difference over time can make a BIG uneven
measurement in your project.