Monday, September 7, 2009
Side Cutter II Attachment
I have had several questions about using the Side Cutter II attachment, so thought this would be a nice Labor Day project. The purpose of the Side Cutter is to cut the fabric, right after being sewing - similar to a Serger. As with all sewing machine attachments, there are benefits and limitations. Knowing these helps you use them as intended - to increase your sewing pleasure.
The Side Cutter I have suggests a stitch width of 5mm. For my specific sewing machine, a Babylock, this was too wide and would result in the needle hitting part of the attachment. Some tweaking and I did use 3.5mm successfully. I also played around with various finishing stitches, such as the zigzag, overcast, and others. I was most happy with the normal zigzag stitch and found I could control the density as I wished.
First remove your regular presser foot and place the Side cutter on. The fork goes over the arm as you can see in the photo.
Next, adjust your stitch width. I did simple adjustments and each time checked my needle position to ensure it did not hit the Side Cutter attachment.
Cut your fabric about 1 inch. This allows the fabric to slide over the proper bar and fit against the cutter.
Notice where the groove is in the photo. Insert your fabric here.
Begin sewing. It is important to keep your fabric lined up so your seam and cut edge are straight.
Practice with different settings on your machine. I did find the cutter to work satisfactory, and if you do not have a serger, this works.
As always, practice and have fun. Your sewing machine attachments should work for YOU, not against you.
Have you used this attachment? On what machines and what adjustments did you make? Remember, each machine is different.
Have fun and happy stitching!