I couldn't resist the Q humor - but the Q-uestion is this - do the much ballyhooed Q-foot and/or Q-needle live up to the hype?
|It seems that every vintage Kenmore owner covets a set of these. They were intended to sew the super stretchy fabrics that were popular in the 1970s, including Qiana (which is supposedly what the "Q" refers to.)|
The foot is hard to explain and I don't pretend to know how it supposedly works, but this is how it looks on the bottom. The needles, I suspect, are equivalent to today's ballpoint needles intended to sew stretch fabrics.So working on the assumption that this foot and needles will work better on stretch/knit fabrics than their regular counterparts, I just ran up a few test swatches to see how much difference it would make.
Wow, so this was an eye opener! But I still gave it another test: I switched machines and tried a reverse stretch stitch with these two configurations.
Again...and the drum roll please... there is NO DIFFERENCE!
- Sample on the left with the blue pin is the Q-foot/needle, sample on the right is the standard foot/needle.
- Above is the front side, below is the back side