is something which Valerie Campbell-Harding rated highly, and it sounded really interesting. A lot of people seem to have tried to fit one to their machines, and those who have succeeded like them. Bernina do not make these feet, and although when I asked about them at the Knitting & Stitching show, the advisor was obviously not very keen, she sold me a low shank adaptor, which she said should work.
Looking on e-bay, I found one advertised as suitable for a Bernina for a reasonable price, although more expensive than for other makes. (I decided later that the extra cost covered another low shank adaptor as it arrived with one fitted). It came from sewing-machines-on-line, was made in Taiwan, and had completely unintelligible directions for fitting to the machine. I didn’t bother with the instructions for use, as they were also in very peculiar English; you’ll see why later.
I tried and tried to fit the foot onto my Bernina B380, it just wouldn’t go under the presser foot lever attached to either of the (identical – did they buy them from Bernina?) shanks. Then my husband, a very practical bloke, suggested that as it could be unscrewed from the shank, perhaps it could be screwed back on with the shank in situ on the machine. Why didn’t I think of that, because of course, it worked perfectly.
In the meantime I had looked on the net for help and found a youtube video showing how to use it (on a non-Bernina) and another website: which had a section on the Flower Stitcher foot, and saying that the best instructions for use are contained in Valerie Campbell-Harding’s book Edges and Finishes in Machine Embroidery. This is out of print, but, bless her, Linda has uploaded the instructions onto her web page. I have a copy of the book, and so, instead of the instructions enclosed with the foot, I used those instead.
The sample at the top is just the flower stitcher foot in its various widths; the bottom one is a hand-stitched piece from Sandra Hurll’s Wednesday workshop, on which I thought I might put some machining.