I probably don’t need to say this, but using the right feet for your project can make all the difference in the world. Not only can it make your project look more professional, but it will speed up your sewing time and ease frustration as well. Take for instance one of my favorite feet, the open toe foot. This is ideal for applique (great when you plan on embellishing shirts, adding names to pillows, or in this case, adding features to a stuffed bear) because it allows you to ‘see’ where you’re going, plus it’s wide enough for you use a variety of stitches to your project. Just compare it to a standard foot and you can see the difference:
Not sure what foot is right for you? Here’s a handy guide as to some of the presser feet available for Bernina machines (don’t worry if you don’t have a Bernina, most companies have similar styles).
As for the progress on the bear, I’m finally adding the details (eyes, nose, scars) which is always a labor intensive process. One thing that I didn’t think of prior to adding some of the features is that I should have really used Wonder Under to affix them in place. I did remember to do this with the scars and some of the tinier elements (tooth, nose shine), unfortunately, my brain wasn’t with me when I traced so I didn’t reverse the image. Since I spent a great deal of time cutting them out (also labor intensive and a bit painful on the wrist!), I decided that no one would notice that they were a bit ‘off’ and kept them as is.
Edited to add: Speaking of open toe feet, if you happen to pick up this month’s issue of Sew News, there’s an entire article devoted to the subject!