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Pfaff – Candlewicking Foot With IDT
A candlewick stitch is a type of decorative stitch that was used in hand sewing long before sewing machines could stitch them. They are a type of raised stitch that often resembles stars, flower buds, pearls, or snowflakes. If they are sewn with a regular presser foot, this can squash the stitches and make them appear flat. So a candlewicking foot not only has a wide open toe area to allow plenty of room for decorative stitches, but it also has a deep wide groove notched out underneath it so that the centre of the presser foot stays above the stitches formed by the machine, allowing them to move through the machine without getting squashed.
Because of the density of stitches needed in a small area to create raised stitches, you may need to stabilise your fabric while you sew to stop it from puckering or distorting. This can be done by sewing inside of a quilting or embroidery hoop or by using stabiliser underneath your fabric. You can also stiffen your fabric with starch or fusible interfacing.
To use this Candlewicking foot, simply unclip your current foot then snap this foot onto your Pfaff sewing machine with the IDT system engaged (if you have this on your machine). Next, select the desired raised decorative stitch from your machine’s menu. Whether it’s a programmed stitch, a built-in stitch, or a downloaded stitch, the Candlewicking foot will help you to add decorative texture to your project, making it easy to swap hours of hand-stitching with a quick stitch on the machine.
This is where it is fun to experiment on some scrap fabric to experiment with different design combinations. Remember that combining different threads for different sections can make a design feel entirely different again so we definitely recommend seeing what works best for you. Thicker sewing threads will produce more height to your design.
You can also use the candlewicking foot to sew French Knots onto your sewing projects. If you have a knotting stitch, select this, or you can use a straight stitch with the stitch length set to 0. Position your fabric under the needle and lower the presser foot. Holding the thread tails towards the back of the presser foot to prevent them from getting tangled in the stitching, stitch slowly on the spot, turning the fabric slowly in a circle, forming multiple loops until the French knot reaches the desired size. For a bigger French Knot, a zigzag stitch with 0 stitch length can also be used in the same way.
These stitches are perfect for adding decorative details to all sorts of projects, from clothing to table runners, so heirloom style quilts. Depending on your design, you can make fun patterns or add a really elegant touch.
If you aren’t sure of your sewing machine fitting, you can check the “Compatibility” tab in this listing, where you’ll find the names of all of the Pfaff Sewing Machines that this candlewicking foot will fit. If you click on your sewing machine, it will take you to a page where you can see all of the feet that we have in stock that will fit your Pfaff sewing machine. Or for more help with sewing machine feet and fittings, you can take a look at our sewing machine foot guide.
If you want to have more fun with your sewing machine, then we hope you’ll also enjoy having a look at the rest of our Pfaff Sewing Machine Feet!
Known Compatible Machines:
Pfaff Creative 2.0, Pfaff Creative 3.0, Pfaff Creative 4.0, Pfaff Creative 4.5, Pfaff Creative Performance, Pfaff Creative Sensation, Pfaff Creative Sensation Pro, Pfaff Creative Vision, Pfaff Expression 150, Pfaff Expression 2.0, Pfaff Expression 3.0, Pfaff Expression 3.2, Pfaff Expression 3.5, Pfaff Performance 5.0, Pfaff Quilt Expression 4.0, Pfaff Quilt Expression 4.2
Pfaff Ambition 1.0, Pfaff Ambition 1.5, Pfaff Ambition 610, Pfaff Ambition 620, Pfaff Ambition Essential, Pfaff Creative 1.5, Pfaff Passport 2.0, Pfaff Passport 3.0, Pfaff Quilt Ambition 2.0, Pfaff Smarter By Pfaff 140s, Pfaff Smarter By Pfaff 160s, Pfaff Smarter By Pfaff 260c
DISCLAIMER: This list of compatible sewing machines has been compiled to the best of our knowledge. As we are unable to personally test every sewing machine on this list ourselves, we recommend that you check that the foot is fitted correctly and that the needle has sufficient clearance from the edges of the foot before you start to sew. If you have any problems with fitting your foot, please get in touch for help or to arrange a refund or exchange.