Thought I would spend the evening doing a trial run on the Bonfit Elastic Wizard. The reference guide touts that it is a hands free attachment to install elastic as well as lace, rick rack, tape and ribbon. Let’s see what is in the box shall we.
I have selected one of the elastic guides, notice that there is a slightly larger opening at one end. This is the side that goes up on the foot. It makes it easier to thread the elastic through the guide.
The adjusting screw is how the tension is provided to the elastic. The open slot is where the elastic feeds through while attaching to the fabric. (In this picture the tension screw is closed and would need to be opened to allow elastic to pass through the guide)
In the above picture you see the adjusting screw is all the way open in the picture to the far left, providing no tension to the elastic as it feeds through the guide, the center picture shows that the shank from the adjusting screw is extending into the area that the elastic feeds through, the far right picture is all the way closed, and will not allow the elastic to travel through the guide.
This is how it looks installed on your machine. With the elastic installed in the guide, place it under the pressure foot with the fabric under it. Make sure you center the elastic under the pressure foot.
Notice that the elastic extends by at least 1/2″ past the foot before you start to show. Put the needle in the down position. Also if you have an option on your machine that allows you to shift the needle from the left to right position make sure your needle is in the center position. At this point you will need to select your stitch, it is recommended that you use a three step zig zag stitch. If you machine does not offer this stitch you can use a regular zig zag or regular stitch. You may have to adjust the width or length of the stitch until you get the results you want.
As I began to stitch I changed the tension on the elastic, you will notice at first there was no stretch at all on the elastic, but the more tension I added using the adjustment screw the more the elastic stretched until the point where the elastic did not move at all and just forced the fabric to no longer shift under the presser foot.
Overall I think that this could be a great sewing tool. It will take practice to figure out the proper tension, the stitch width, etc. It will depend on the types of elastic, the type of fabric and how much stretch you want from your elastic. It is hard at first to let go of the elastic and just guide the fabric. If you find yourself having to push or pull the elastic the tension screw is too tight. I do recommend using a stretch needle, this allows the needle point to push through the elastic and does not cut the elastic fibers.
In doing some research I found that Bonfit made a Patterner Sewing System as well. It came packaged as bodice, skirt and trouser sewing systems. Has anyone tried these? I have yet to make my own patterns and wondered if this system would work to do so.
See everyone tomorrow and as always,