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Brother SA177 Side Cutter 7mm
- 7mm side cutter creates the perfectly cut edge of a Serger
- Cut fabric and overcast fabric edges at the same time
- Measure and finish fabric edges with straight or zigzag stitches
- Centered post for consistent stitches
- For use with selected Brother models; check user manual or list below
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Cut fabric and overcast fabric edges at the same time. Fits the following machines: PE770, LS2125i, XL2230, XL2600i, XL2610, XL3510, XL3750, ES2000, CP6500, CP7500, 1034D, PC210PRW, PC420PRW, SE400, LB6800PRW
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When I got it, I was in the middle of designing and making a custom shaped mattress-like pillow for hubby's recliner. He is so tall, that his feet always hang over the foot riser portion when he reclines and the chair always needs pillows under him from one end to the other and then some. He always had to be “tucked in” by me every time he would get up and sit back down, so hence the custom pillow. Having bare legs on the pillows was always cold for him, so when I made it, I selected a nice fuzzy flannel for the top layer. While I was measuring and designing it, I watched as the flannel kept fraying away. So in stepped this presser foot. What you see in the 2nd half of the video is me doing a finishing edge on the flannel piece of his pillow before sewing both sides together. The last thing I wanted to happen was to see it come apart at the seams from his daily use.
I consider this presser foot to be a must-have in your arsenal of presser feet if you do not have a serger. So many fabrics unravel or fray so easily. This presser foot with the right stitch and settings will let you sew a beautiful seam while also covering and protecting the edge at the same time. I personally love the look of a nicely finished edge. This foot is super easy to use once you understand how to use it.
So let me tell you the secret to making it work like icing on a cake. Once you understand how it works, you can easily “turn it on” and “turn it off” while stitching without loosing a beat or even having to lift your presser foot. The secret is the little bar in the front that runs perpendicular to the direction of sewing. I show it in my video. When you put the fabric on top of it, the cutter cuts while sewing. To make it stop cutting and just still sew the edge, simply place the fabric below this bar.
Depending upon how far in you will be sewing from your existing edge, you may or may not need to first do a ¼” to ½” snip in the fabric along the imaginary line of where the cutter would have cut the new edge. The reason you do that is because the needle is located behind the cutting blade, so the cutting blade cannot cut the beginning of your sewing that is in the area between the cutter and the needle when you first start out. But once you get going you will see that the cutter cuts just shortly before the fabric passes to the needle. But if you forget, you can always manually trim off the excess fabric from the starting edge once you remove it from the machine.
Again, watch the video and you can see better what I am trying to explain. It is such a simple and easy process once you see how it all works. You should not have ANY fears about using it or not being able to make it work right the first time out the gate.
For those of you who are new to using unusual presser feet, there are a few things you need to always keep in mind. First, if your presser foot is large enough to cover your bobbin plate, make sure you have first put in the correct thread color for your bobbin and that it is full enough for what you are going to sew. Second, if your machine has an auto-threader, USE IT BEFORE YOU INSTALL THE FOOT. I cannot stress that enough, as if you try to use it with some oversized and/or odd shaped presser feet, you run the risk of breaking it. Not a fun thing to happen. We LOVE our auto-threaders. Third, when using any presser foot that has a component going over the needle screw bar, always make sure that it is tight before you begin sewing. Check it a few times along the way, as sometimes the shared action will cause it to work itself loose. Fourth, when installing such oversized presser feet, try using your presser foot lifting handle and manually raise and hold it all the way up, past the normal “raised” position. That will give you more room to work to install the presser foot. If your machine does not have this extra play, just drop your feed dogs. Fifth and finally, try a few stitches with the manual wheel first to make sure that your needle has all around clearance and will not break.
For those of you wishing to know what settings I used on what I was sewing in the 2nd half of the video, I took a photo of my settings and which stitch I used.
Lets you make serger-like stitches without having a serger.
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I then tried it out with one layer that was already cut to size and another that I wanted to attach it to that wasn't yet cut to size/shape. Worked like a charm!! It perfectly cut through the one layer (cotton flannel), effortlessly and the overlock stitch perfectly caught the edge! I'm going to try it on cotton jersey this weekend. My recommendation going into that- for others who have had problems- would be to starch the edge of the jersey (like you would anyway to sew it). I don't anticipate any problems after pre-starching it.
GREAT little tool, particularly for folks for whom a serger is still on the Wish List!
If you like me don't want to buy a serger right now, this will suffice. You might want to sew a straight stitch through the zigzag once done to secure it better.
I love this thing and am excited I didn't give up after reading the bad instructions.
I saw someone already posted an instruction video but I hope you like this one of the foot in action.
Note: My hand was in the way when I put the material in and want to be sure that you know the material goes on top of the first bar (the one with the measurements on it), split it so the part that you want cut off goes on the right and the part that gets sewn on goes under the second foot to the needle. (When you watch the video this will become clearer).
Down side for me, is its fluff-everywhere-ness. After several feet of cutting, inside the bobbin holder gets so dirty and my machine just can't take even little bit of dirt. I had to clean the bobbin case several times before finishing a kid's skirt. But it's nothing for me.