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Fun with the Flower Stitch Foot

Posted by Linda Matthews on August 9, 2012

Have you ever heard of a flower stitch foot?

It’s one of my very favorite specialty sewing machine feet. It looks kind of funny and clunky, but you can do some truly amazing magical stitching with it.

Flower Stitch Foot

As you can see from the photo, the foot is bulky so attachments that are already fitted to your machine such as an inbuilt even feed foot, may cause problems when trying to attach the foot.

Although traditionally used for creating small decorative circles on fabric, the Flower Stitch Foot can also be used with water soluble stabilizer to create all sorts of decorative effects and is a great tool for making fringes and dangly things.

Flower Stitch Foot

The following is a tutorial based on one of the projects from the amazingly creative book Edges & Finishes by Valerie Campbell-Harding, and demonstrates some of the ways you can use this foot with water soluble stabilizer.

Edges & Finishes

Edges & Finishes in Machine Embroidery

So here’s how it’s done …

Cut a piece of water soluble stabilizer. My favorite water soluble stabilizer is the type that looks like fabric (not plastic) because it’s much more stable and generally you only need to use one layer, you can sew on it without using an embroidery hoop, and it also washes out much easier.

Attach your flower stitch foot, select a straight stitch, and sew a circle.

But wait – you’re not finished yet!

Change to a satin stitch and sew over the top of the stitched circle, then repeat this process by making a bunch of randomly sized circles.

Note – The straight stitch serves as an underlay and will prevent the satin stitches from totally unraveling once the water soluble stabilizer is washed away.

Flower Stitch Foot

Draw a fringe design on a separate piece of water soluble stabilizer with a half inch border at the top about 6″ long, and several long drops of about 6″ to 8″.

Flower Stitch Foot

Roughly cut out your stitched circles (but don’t rinse yet) and position them along the drop lines. A tiny dab of water on the back of the cut-out circles will hold those pieces in place. Not too much though because it is water soluble stabilizer and it will disappear if you put too much water on it!

Flower Stitch Foot

Using a decorative machine stitch, sew rows of overlapping stitches along the horizontal border and vertical drops, then using a straight stitch sew rows of cross-over stitching to connect the circles to each other.

Flower Stitch Foot

Rinse away the stabilizer, allow the piece to dry, press with an iron, and . . . voila!

Flower Stitch Foot

Where Can I Get One?

The flower stitch foot is only available for sewing machines with a low shank.

Repeat … low shank only.

Sorry, but if you have a machine with a high shank you’re out of luck because there is no way to use this foot with those types of machines; it just doesn’t work. And there is no adapter to make it work. I’ve tried. You’re one and only solution is to beg, borrow or buy a machine with a low shank.

If you’re not sure what sort of shank your sewing machine has, consult your instruction manual or contact your sewing machine manufacturer.

And …

… both the flower stitch foot and the water soluble stabilizer can be found on amazon.com. How convenient is that! (I love amazon)

So go grab one and give it a try – I absolutely know you will have tons of creative fun.

PS – You can find additional tools and resources that I recommend and use here on my Resources page

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  1. I have a Brother 1500D. Can you please tell me if this is compatible with my machine as I have the chance of getting one from an acquaintance.

    Thanks

    • Hi Dawn, the foot only fits machines with a low shank. I’m not familiar with your machine so if you’re not sure what type of shank it has call your local dealer and they should be able to tell you.

  2. I just recently acquired a flower foot and have been playing. 1 problem. The needle does not pick up the bobbin stitch on the right side bite on the widest stitches. My machine width bite goes from # 1 to #7. There is no problem until I try to go wider than 3.5. What do I have to do?

  3. Found your site when I googled the flower stitch foot from the thread studio news letter. Very creative- I’m creating a shortcut to your site & will be back to explore more of your site.

    • I’m glad you found me Linda – I hope you enjoy :)

  4. When I bought the flower stitch foot from Thread Studio it had a note in Dale Rollersons instruction pamphlet that some machines needed an attachment. My Bernina needed a low shank adapter. After purchasing this I had a lot of fun with the flower stitch foot. There a lot of ideas in Dales Book and thanks for drawing my attention to Valeri Campbell Hardings book…it has been on the shelf for years and was amazed at the ideas it contains!

    • Thanks for sharing Patrise :)

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