When I first began free motion machine quilting, I went out and dutifully purchased this darning foot:
I quilted with this foot a lot, but grew increasingly frustrated that my skill level was not rising in proportion to the amount of time I spent using it. And yes, I’m fully aware that free motion quilting is not synonymous with instant gratification.
After doing a little research, I went back to my sewing machine dealer and purchased this open toe darning foot:
Can you say vastly improved visibility?
I could not believe how having a portion of that circle removed made such a huge difference in my ability to see my work. The open toe also made it much easier to draw the bobbin thread up. Why did I waste so much time with that other foot?
Now that I have a better presser foot, it’s up to me to continue practicing and honing my free motion skills. But what a relief to know I wasn’t the free motion dud I thought I was before the open toe foot came into my sewing room.