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4 handy tips for successful quilting with a dual feed foot

by Christine Baker

Yesterday on QUILTsocial I used THE Dream Machine 2 from Brother to work on piecing my Starstruck quilt sample using the new Banyan Batiks from Northcott. The sample is turning out great and the machine is a breeze to sew with!

Today I’m going to try out the dual feed foot that comes with the machine as I’ve NEVER seen anything quite like it!

THE Dream Machine 2 from Brother

THE Dream Machine 2 from Brother

The dual feed foot

This is what the dual feed foot on THE Dream Machine 2 looks like. As you can see from the picture, this is NOT your grandma’s walking foot!!

First thing you’ll notice right off the bat is the size – just like the machine, this foot is huge!

The second thing you’ll notice is that you attach it to the shank AND it plugs into the back of the machine.

The third thing that makes this different from a walking foot is that it has a rubber rolling belt that grabs the fabric and moves it though from the top as the feet dogs move the fabric from the bottom.

The dual feed foot for THE Dream Machine 2 from Brother is easily attached to the sewing machine.

The dual feed foot

Here’s the dual feed foot attached to the machine.

The dual feed foot attached to the machine

The dual feed foot attached to the machine

I assembled some of the scraps left over from the Starstruck quilt and sewn them together to make a panel approximately 13″ x 18″ for a planner cover.

Scraps from the Starstruck quilt

Scraps from the Starstruck quilt

I added some borders to the left over block and then used some of the left over squares to make two long borders. The pieced panel is then ironed to HEATNBOND Non-Woven Craft Weight Fusible Interfacing. Now I’m ready to try out the dual feed foot on THE Dream Machine 2.

The pieced panel for the planner cover

The pieced panel for the planner cover

TIP 1 If you have a laser guideline marker use it

I set the stitch to a straight stitch and started quilting the pieced panel to the interfacing. I wanted to stitch a diagonal line through the squares and decided to try using the laser guide along with the dual feed foot. It worked wonders! Way better than when I just “eyeball it”.

Using the laser guide to sew across the blocks

Using the laser guide to sew across the blocks

TIPS 2 and 3 Use your needle down and presser lifting button

Other handy features to use with the dual feed foot are the needle down function and the presser foot lifting button. When turning a corner with the dual feed foot, stop sewing, let the needle stop in the quilt, touch the presser foot lifting button and then spin the quilt to line up the next quilting line.

The presser foot lifting button is very useful when quilting with the dual feed foot on THE Dream Machine 2.

Presser foot lifting button

Not all of the machine’s stitches can be used with the dual feed foot. On each of the stitch selection pages, the highlighted buttons are the ones that are compatible with THE Dream Machine 2’s dual feed foot.

The highlighted buttons on the stitch selection page are the ones that are compatible with the Dream Machine 2's dual feed foot

Highlighted buttons

If you happen to select a stitch that won’t work with the dual feed foot, this pop-up screen will appear. I love the emoji, do you?

Incompatible stitch notice

Incompatible stitch notice

Tip 4 Decorative stitches can be used for quilting

I found a lovely decorative stitch to try with the dual feed foot, and used it to stitch down the center of the borders around the block. I used a variegated blue WonderFil Fabulux thread to do all of the quilting on the piece.

Decorative quilting stitches

Decorative quilting stitches

I’m going to use this quilted panel to make a planner cover following the same directions that I used for the book cover that I made in my September 2014 QUILTsocial posts, I know… that long ago!

The dual feed foot for THE Dream Machine 2 is so awesome! I just loved using it to quilt this planner cover. Tomorrow I’m going to try out the different free motion feet that come with the machine and we’ll discuss the different uses for each of them. See you tomorrow.

This is part 4 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 3: 7 reasons piecing is a dream on THE Dream Machine 2

Go to part 5: Why does my machine come with 3 different free motion quilting feet?

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