October 25, 2011

Pfaff Presser Foot Review

Stitch-in-Ditch foot, source
One of my birthday presents was an Edge Stitching presser foot for my Pfaff, what they call a Stitch-in-Ditch foot.  I was excited at the thought of almost effortless straight line in-the-ditch quilting--with IDT! (built-in walking foot)

I attached the new presser foot, checked settings, and started sewing.  Sadly, the guide causes a 1/8" gap between the seam and your stitching.  So disappointing!  I played with it some more and always had the same problem.  The foot is being returned. 

Blindhem foot, source
Then I remembered that I'd had good results with the Blind Hem (aka Overcast) foot that came with my machine.  The wire that runs under the foot sits in the ditch very well.  Depending to which side the seam allowances are pressed, I steer with the seam centered on the red adjustable guide or approx. 1/8" to the right, centered on the guide's "blade."

The edge stitching foot I'd originally seen was an older version (L), the new version (R) is the one I tried.

New style, source
Old style, source
I wonder whether the old version stitches closer to the ditch: the blade appears thinner.  It allows for adjustment of needle placement and use of decorative stitches.  The new version has many handy 1/4" markings.  Both are IDT compatible.

I haven't been able to try the old version, though, and am doing fine with the blind hem foot.


  1. I had the same problem with my Pfaff edge stitch foot and, like you, went back to the blind hem foot. Yes, it was disappointing to be sure. You can easily adjust the red guide on the blind hem foot, which is a feature I really like.

  2. @Kristin
    The blind hem foot has been really useful! Thanks for the comment.

  3. I have the old version of the edge stitching foot that I have been using although it isn't as wide as the feed dogs on my new Pfaff, but still works.

  4. @sewforward
    Good to know, thanks for the info! My machine is from mid-90s so likely has a narrower zig zag.


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