Saturday, October 31, 2009

Circle Stitcher

I've gotten a couple of questions about the circle stitcher I used in my Quilter's Crossroads post last week. I learned about it from Libby Lehman at the Ricky Tims Super Seminar I attended with Nancy C last summer.

For my Janome machine, which has a bobbin that is flat under the needle, the circle stitcher takes the place of the bobbin cover to attach to the machine. From that bobbin cover, an arm extends to the left about 6 inches, is adjustable in length, and ends with a sharply pointed thingy like a tack on the teacher's chair.

You layer your circle inset (with stabilizer) under the quilt top into which you want to insert it. You then center the circle and its top fabric on the tack, after setting its length to the radius of the circle you want to stitch. Using a straight stitch, you stitch the circle and assist the fabric to spin around the tack. This would be hard with a big piece of quilt top, I think. Next you carefully cut out the top layer of fabric inside the circle, very close to the stitching. Then you use a decorative stitch to enhance your inset circle.

Of course, you could just stitch circles without insets, using interesting threads and varying your circle size. Maybe I should try that next!

The attachment cost about $40 at Mickey's.


  1. Thanks for the info. Will have to check and see if there is one for the Bernina.

  2. Yes, MJE - there is one available for the Bernina. You can see more about it at this address: