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Why does my machine come with 3 different free motion quilting feet?

 

Yesterday on QUILTsocial we experimented with the cool dual feed foot that comes with THE Dream Machine 2 from Brother. Today I’m looking at 3 different free motion quilting feet that come with the machine and the different types of machine quilting that can be done with each one.

THE Dream Machine 2 from Brother
THE Dream Machine 2 from Brother

 

3 different free motion feet

THE Dream Machine 2 comes with the following three types of free motion quilting feet. From left to right: open toe free motion foot “O”, free motion quilting foot “C” and the echo quilting free motion foot “E”.

Each can be used for straight line free motion quilting, but each work best for certain types of machine quilting.

3 different free motion quilting feet
3 different free motion quilting feet

 

Before we use ANY of these feet for free motion quilting, we have to drop the feed dogs. This is SO EASY to do on this machine – just press the free motion quilting button on the sewing screen.

Free motion button on the sewing screen
Free motion button on the sewing screen

 

The machine automatically senses the thickness of the fabrics being sewn, but it can also be adjusted it manually if desired by going to the settings screens of THE Brother Dream Machine 2.

Adjusting the height of the foot
Adjusting the height of the foot

 

Free motion quilting foot “C”

Before using the free motion quilting foot “C”, it’s necessary to switch the regular needle plate for the straight stitch needle plate that comes with the machine. You can see from the picture that this needle plate only has a round hole for the needle to pass through.

The straight stitch needle plate
The straight stitch needle plate

 

When the free motion quilting button is pressed, the machine senses that you’ve switched needle plates and indicates to attach the “C” foot. Stitch Q-01 is used for quilting with the free motion foot “C”.

Stitch selection for the free motion foot "C"
Stitch selection for the free motion foot “C”

 

Since the free motion quilting foot “C” is so tiny, it’s great for micro-stippling! It can also be used for any other design that you want to quilt using a STRAIGHT stitch.

Micro-stippling with the free motion "C" foot
Micro-stippling with the free motion “C” foot

 

When I first started doing the stippling I was having trouble with skipped stitches. I switched threads, but the problem persisted. So I checked out the troubleshooting menu to see what it said about skipped stitches. I changed the needle and problem solved!!

Skipped stitches troubleshooting page
Skipped stitches troubleshooting page

 

Free motion open toe quilting foot “O”

The open toe foot is the one foot with which I’m most familiar. A straight stitching line can be done like the meandering below or using more decorative stitches. First though, the regular needle plate needs to be switched back.

Meandering with the open toe foot
Meandering with the open toe foot

 

The open toe free motion foot for THE Dream Machine 2 allows for using decorative stitches, such as the zigzag stitch, for free motion quilting. This would also be the foot that to use for thread painting.

Free motion zigzag stitch
Free motion zigzag stitch

 

Free motion echo quilting foot “E”

To attach the free motion echo quilting foot “E” to THE Dream Machine 2, it’s important to first attach the shank adapter and then attach the foot to the adapter. The little multi purpose screwdriver that comes with the machine is very handy for this! When I switch back to the regular sewing feet, I’m going to keep the adapter attached to the “E” foot to eliminate one step (and keep from losing the adapter).

Attaching the free motion echo quilting foot "E"
Attaching the free motion echo quilting foot “E”

 

The lines on the plastic of THE Dream Machine 2’s echo quilting foot allows spacing the quilting lines evenly.

Echo quilting with THE Dream Machine 2 by Brother
Echo quilting

 

I don’t usually use echo quilting on my projects as it’s fairly difficult to do with my Gammill. But I quite like the way it looks and with a little practice, maybe I’ll do some echo quilting on one of my future projects.

Echo quilted sample
Echo quilted sample

 

It’s been so much fun discovering all of the cool features of THE Dream Machine 2 this week. My kids were right – I don’t want to pass it on to Jean Boyd, BUT at least I know that after she’s used it for the next three months I get it back to play some more! I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s posts.

Next week I’ll be blogging again, but I’ll be using my NQ900 to sew up a project using one of Northcott’s new lines of fabric. See you next week!

 

 

This is part 5 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 4: 4 handy tips for successful quilting with a dual feed foot

I have been designing and publishing quilt patterns for the last 16 years under the business name Fairfield Road Designs. My patterns range from fusible applique and piecing to felted wool applique and punchneedle. You can see all of patterns on my website www.fairfieldroaddesigns.com.

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