Apr 05 15
If you have followed my blog for awhile, then you’ve probably been waiting for a post about modifying the Janome ruler foot into an open toe foot for ruler work. It’s been on my “to-do” list for months but we just now got around to trying it! I am happy to say that it was very easy to do and works like a charm as an open toe foot. We could have removed more material than we did, but I wanted my first attempt to be conservative. (We’ll be more bold on the NEXT foot we modify, and there will be a NEXT foot!!) With the modification we did, I can actually use all 4 sides of my foot, even running the ruler directly across the opening without causing any distortion of the foot or of the stitched line. This is because I left my opening fairly small, but the next foot we cut into will have a larger opening so we can test the limits of this modification. To do this, mount the foot on your machine and then using a Sharpie marker, mark where the center of the foot is and how wide you want the opening to be. In my case, I deliberately cut my slit just a tad to the right of center, because I am less likely to have my ruler on that side. Here’s a shot of my pre-marked foot: Load your Dremel tool with the “Cut-Off Wheel” as shown below: Mount the ruler toe into a vice to hold it steady during cutting: And next you start cutting. This cut very, very quickly and did not distort the symmetry of the foot at all (this was one of my worries pre-procedure.) And here it is mounted on my Pfaff: I can now SEE my needle and pull my thread tails out of the way. I am one happy girl, thanks again to a very nice and talented husband!