Let’s start by looking at the Free Motion settings available.
You can access the Free Motion options 2 ways – In the Settings Menu and by touching the Free-Motion icon in Sewing Mode. What’s really cool is you can use any stitch on your machine in free motion mode. Wow – that creates some pretty unique effects on your project!
When you open the Free Motion options you have 4 choices – Dynamic Spring (6D), Spring, Sensormatic (6A) and Ruler Foot. Both the Dynamic Spring 6D and Sensormatic 6A foot are included with your PFAFF creative icon 2. Other free motion feet and the Ruler Foot are optional accessories.
When you’re looking for accessories for your creative icon 2, you want to look for feet that use the L category of machines (this information is found at the beginning of the Accessory Guide).
There are several optional free motion feet you can use for your machine. There’s the Open Toe Spring Free Motion Foot as well as the Open Toe Free Motion Foot. The Free Motion Echo Quilting Foot is fantastic for echo quilting around an applique. And for those who quilt with rulers, there’s a Free Motion Ruler Foot.
I’m sure you’re asking yourself, what’s the difference between Spring and Sensormatic? Spring means the foot has a hopping motion, while Sensormatic means it is ‘hovering’ over the fabric. Spring or hopping motion helps to keep your fabric against the bed of your machine while you are free motion stitching. If you have thick areas, such as in trapunto, the Spring action quilting foot is needed for the varying thickness of the quilt.
Sensormatic motion means the foot is hovering over your fabric and is best used when there’s a consistent thickness to your quilt. The PFAFF creative icon 2 senses how thick your fabric is and the Sensormatic free motion foot hovers just above the fabric. The hovering height of the Sensormatic Free motion foot and Free Motion Ruler Foot can be adjusted if needed.
When I’m using any of the Free Motion Feet, one of my favorite features of the creative icon 2 is that I can use my Start/Stop button which gives me more consistent stitches. I like to sew fast and move my fabric at a steady but even pace. With the Start/Stop button I don’t need to remember to keep my speed consistent while moving my fabric. Using the Start/Stop button really helps me to maintain a good and consistent stitch length.
One of my favorite stitches to use for Free Motion quilting is the zigzag stitch. This is a perfect stitch for highlighting water motion or thread painting. Just make sure the opening of the Free Motion foot you use is wide enough to accept the width of the satin stitch.
I hope you’ve enjoyed our time exploring some of the creative features of the PFAFF creative icon 2!
There are so many more that we didn’t have time to look at. Your local dealer will be able to show you these features and many more! Join me next time as we look at the embroidery aspects of this great sewing and embroidery machine.
Thanks for spending the week with me! I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I have!