Saturday, September 29, 2012

Dreamweaver's MuVit Foot

Still learning my Dreamweaver machine and needed to do some straight stitching, so got out a foot I hadn't used before.

This feature is actually called MuVit digital dual feed -- it's a honking big foot! 

Here's a picture of my regular "J" foot that I use for piecing next to the MuVit foot. 

I used it to sew the binding on this Radiance piece -- selecting Radiance for the binding was madness, because it's slippery and not the easiest fabric to handle.  Cindy Needham likes to use Bosal woven stabilizer to give Radiance some body when she uses it and I probably should have done that.  I didn't use Bosal for either the binding or the quilted piece.

That said, I expected more difficulty than I got.  The MuVit foot did a good job of getting it sewn down with a minimum of hair pulling.  I just have to steam the piece to flatten the binding a bit.

Next, I decided to do some straight stitching.  I already had a diagonal grid stitched on the olive green Radiance piece that I have almost finished and wanted to add some up and down straight stitching to give it more density.  This was a good opportunity to use the MuVit foot with the laser sew straight guide.

As shown on the screen above, my needle position (lower right hand corner) and laser position (just to the right of the picture of the laser) are both set at 3.5 because I want the needle to sew right down that laser line.

I'll be able to stitch from corner to corner following the laser line.  For illustration, this picture is taken as if I'm sewing from the right side of the fabric; since the Kimono Silk that I'm working with is on a bobbin, I'm going to sew from the back of the work.

And here's how it looks as I stitched it on the back....

And here's the right side -- I think it looks really good and the laser was easy to follow.  I have wool batting in this piece and the MuVit foot did a good job keeping everything flat.

I will definitely use this foot for binding and diagonal grid.  At this point, I won't use it for stitching in the ditch because of the closed sole plate -- I just can't see in there to make sure I'm on the correct (low) side of the ditch.  However, I have asked for an open toe sole plate and Brother has been extremely and quickly responsive to requests in the past, so keeping my fingers crossed as to delivery date.  I hope it's soon!

Tomorrow I fly to Chicago to do some more video work.  It's going to be over 100 degrees here at home all week and in the high 60's/low 70's in Chicago -- hooray!  Boot weather!

Brother has provided me with the DreamWeaverTM XE, but all opinions expressed are entirely my own....


  1. I would never have a messy seam again, this awesome

  2. I haven't been on your blog in AGES, I have some serious catching up to do. This foot looks GREAT to me...that's what I always thought a walking foot should have- a LASER!

  3. I love what you guys tend to be up too. Such clever work and coverage! Keep up the superb works guys I’ve included you guys to our blogroll.

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