So to have something to post, I offer up the written portion of the review, along with a few photographs. "Few" because who needs photos when taking video? Sigh.....
Edited to add: All three videos are now live on youtube and in the post; Free Motion Couching Review Videos.
Here is the new foot, part #202110006. It cost me $25.20, bought at a small shop in central Virginia, USA. The two balls of yarn to the left in the above picture were the yarns I tried so far. The very first try was with the pretty fine sock weight (I think, I'm not knowledgeable about yarn) yarn in the very front.
Above is a side-by-side comparison of the FM couching foot with the wonderful convertible free motion quilting set. Here I am showing the two toes that came with the couching foot (on the left) and the open toe is on the convertible FMQ foot and the "hacked" couching toe I made for it.
The Free Motion Quilting Project for how to better fit this style of foot to your machine. This turns it into a foot more like the convertible FMQ foot, in that it doesn't go up and down anymore. However, this foot is a bit short for my machine, though it is for high shank Janome machines, which describes my 6600P Janome. This means that it floats pretty high over my quilt sandwich. I have just a smidge of presser foot pressure adjustment left, so I would not be helped by the rubber band adjustment, though I most likely will hack it eventually so it is quieter.
|It doesn't stitch like the picture!|
Sorry Janome, I think this is a big fail! Not that I'm saying the entire thing is a fail. Read on.
I then switched to the convertible FMQ foot set and couched this same yarn with my "hacked" FMQ couching foot. I had to reset my machine to a straight stitch first; I nearly forgot! And proceeded to couch this yarn much better, though still not perfectly.
Before I forget, Vivian, asked in the previous post what thread was I using. I used Superior Thread's Bottom Line thread, top and bottom in a cream color. I did not want to complicate this test drive (no matter how slightly) with using the monopoly. The Bottom Line disappeared quite nicely into the fluff of the yarn.
Then I switched back to the FM couching foot and used a heavier yarn, still with the smallest diameter holed foot. You can see photos of the two stitchouts with the FM couching foot here. The foot performed much better with the larger diameter yarn, though still not perfectly.
Bottom line? No, not the thread, rather the verdict of this review: The foot certainly has some serious design issues that could be improved upon, but it has earned a place in my tool kit of creativity (especially since it's an hour and a half drive to return the foot). Since it cannot handle small diameter yarns and I would love, love, love to FM couch Superior Thread's Razzle Dazzle, I may re-hack my hacked foot to use for finer yarns.
If I had to choose between hacking the plastic foot of the convertible FMQ foot set or getting the FM couching foot I would hack the foot. I would most definitely not choose the couching foot over the entire convertible FMQ foot set!
I hope I can get the videos loaded and posted for you in the next couple of days!