The Edge Joining/Stitch-in-the-Ditch Presser Foot: Manual
Joining two panels of fabric
Creating a decorative seam for patchwork can be immensely satisfying. With a few simple preparations, the joining of patchwork can fly by when using the Fancy Collective Joining foot.
First, we need to overcast or zig-zag the raw edges of the panels we are going to join, for any work other than a quilt these raw edges will most likely be on display. If quilting you can skip this step.
Second, we need to press our seam allowances so we are placing the folded edges together as we join the fabric panels.
Set the stitch width in a zig-zag to your desired size, check my manually cranking the needle around that everything is as you want before you begin to sew.
Now you are ready to simply lie the two panels right side up either side of the presser foot blade.
When you start to sew you will soon realize the foot draws the panels together and you only need to adjust occasionally.
Once you have completed your row of stitching, when you turn the work over you will see you have automatically created an open seam, without the need to return to your iron!
You can just as easily attach lace to your hems with this foot. The bonus is that there is no prep work needed for the lace. Simply lay it alongside the joining foot and begin to sew.
Note: If you want to make a show of the zig-zag stitches choose a bold thread with larger stitch length and zigzag width if you want a more discreet on then select thread which blends with your fabrics and a shorter stitch length and zigzag width.
The quilting technique of Stitch in the Ditch refers to sewing back over the ditch between panels created in the seams of patchwork. When attempted freehand this can lead the novice, and quite often the experienced quilter with wibbly-wobbly lines that are not as neat as we want them to be.