Monday, June 7, 2010

Janome Elna Tricot Foot

I am going bleary eyed here! On into the night with my sort of obsessive examination of the Tricot Foot. Here it is connected to the Janome drop-in bobbin machine, and then the Elna front-load connection. This foot is cleverly designed to hold the fabric down firmly as the needle comes down and pierces the fabric and then let up on the fabric as the feed dogs rise and carry the fabric along for the next stitch. There is a little rubbery plastic blue "stopper" piece that is controlled by the flange on the side of the foot. This flange fits nicely over the needle screw-bar thingy. It moves as the needle bar moves, and there is a little spring that makes it - well - springy! Here are some more photos of the foot at various angles and you can see how this works. The last two pictures are the foot actually sewing a piece of very light knit fabric as I was testing. I think this foot is going to be a lot nicer to use for my purposes than a walking foot because I rarely use the walking foot and it is cumbersome to attach though handy to have. For lightweight knits and very slippery lightweight fabrics of all sorts - this tricot foot will be my choice. The term "tricot" here referes to the process of knitting in the tricot style, and isn't specific to nylon tricot with which Americans are mainly associating the word tricot. You can see in the picture with the needle down in the fabric that the lever is then in the position where the spring pushes the plastic down on the fabric. Then, as the lever rises with the needle bar, it forces the plastic piece up off the fabric and another stitch is on the way!

4 comments:

Gail said...

I bought a walking foot and also found it a bit cumbersome. I ended leaving it on the machine way beyond the life of the project.

catspec said...

That would be me - I would put off taking that thing off! ;)

Colleen Marble said...

Thank you for posting about this foot! I bought a bundle of feet and couldn't figure out what this one was for. The bundle literature just said "knit foot." I eventually found it online labeled as "tricot foot" but couldn't find any information about how it was used until I found your post. I was beginning to suspect it was similar to a walking foot, but you confirmed it. Thanks!

catspec said...

Oh you are welcome Colleen! I do like to write on and on about my machines, and I am so glad it helped you!