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Stitching in the ditch is great for beginning quilters. Ordinarily, when you stitch in the ditch you must keep the stitch as close to the middle of your seam as possible and your eye on the needle at all times. You do not want your stitches to wander in and out, far away from your seam. (Therefore, it is important that all seams align perfectly so that your stitch will be in a straight line.)
And while it is still important to have a watchful eye on the needle, this 'Stitch-in-the-Ditch' foot helps alleviate guessing and serves as a smooth guide with which to stitch. (Note: You should always practice first on a small sandwich.) The guide on this foot is perfect because it allows you to stitch just a hair's width from the seam, keeping your stitching line straight.
It is the ideal foot to have for seamstresses (as well as you men who sew, too) as another tool for Understitching - where you press seam allowances to one side and top stitch as close to the seam as possible. This holds the seam allowance down and causes the piece of fabric to stay folded under, especially useful for facings.
The little steel bar aligns to your seam and guides your stitching throughout the entire project.
For Quilting: Because it does not have it's own feeding mechanism, this foot would be limited to very small quilt projects where shifting of the layers is not as prevalent.
SLANT SHANK: fits all SLANT shank Singer Sewing Machines (i.e. 301, 301A, 401, 401A, 403, 500, 503, 600 & 700 Series and all other Slant Needle Singer Models)