Bernina Featured Foot 46C (and a Sewing Mystery Solved).

Hello again! I’ll apologize ahead of time for two Bernina foot posts in a row, but really, can anyone get enough of all of the amazing things Bernina Sewing Machine Feet can do? If you didn’t know already Bernina offers one foot a month as it’s featured foot. This is great for two reasons, one- it helps us all learn about a different foot every month, and two we get to offer it to you at 25% off for that month!

August’s Featured foot is this sparkly beauty, the 46C foot!



When I first pulled the 46C foot out of the drawer I had no idea what it did (but I sure couldn’t wait to find out).  This foot is officially called the “BERNINA Pintuck and Decorative Stitch Foot” and Bernina describes it as designed to combine decorative stitches with pintucks. The pintucks are sewn first, then decorative stitching up to 9 mm wide may be sewn between the pintucks. The clear sole provides a perfect view of the stitching area.

I’ll admit that I have never made a pintuck, and I don’t do much decorative stitching. So I approached this foot with a bit of hesitation. I figured I’d show you all how to use it and then never pick it up again. Well I was wrong…this foot ROCKS!


As you can see from this photo, the bottom of the 46c foot has 5 evenly spaced grooves and, (I’ll point out the obvious here) it has a clear sole.

46c3 To make pintucks you need to use a double needle, which was another first for me. The Bernina Accessories App recommends a 2.0 double needle for use with this foot, so that also came home with me! P.S. If you are a Bernina owner, have a smart phone and you don’t have the Bernina Accessory App on your phone you are missing out. It is available on the App store for apple and the Android store for Android owners. The App lets you keep track of all the feet you own as well as showing videos and info for all available accessories and feet. It’s an awesome resource! 46c6

Here’s a double needle tip- instead of having to purchase two spools of the same color, just wind a bobbin with your top thread color and use that on your vertical spool pin. I used a white bobbin, really you can get away with whatever color you’d like on the bottom as long as the thread is the same weight as the top thread.

Threading a double needle is no big deal, you’ll just thread the left needle exactly as you normally would, then place your second spool (or cheater bobbin) on the vertical spool pin. The only difference comes when you thread through the upper tension disc.46c7-01You’ll want to make sure that the first thread is on the left side of the tension disc and the second thread os on the right side. It’s easy to do once you know what you are looking for. Hopefully the photo above is clear for you!46c8As twisty as the thread looks in the photo above I took special care to make sure that the two threads are not tangled as they come down to the needle. (P.S. It seems obvious, but remember- you can not use your automatic needle threader when using a double needle.)

Select the correct needle in your settings.

Select the correct needle in your settings.

Once you get the threading out of the way it’s time to play!46c9 I started by stabilizing a piece of essex linen with a medium weight stabilizer. You’ll get different results with different weights of fabric and different stabilizer combos, but I knew that my samples would turn into a little zipper pouch so I wanted it to have some body. I marked a straight line with my air erasable fabric marker,  I didn’t use my Frixion marker here because I didn’t want to use an iron to erase the marks for fear that the iron would crush my pintucks!46c17You’ll just use the center groove of the foot as a guide and sew your first pintuck! Stop and marvel at how cool it is and proceed.46c18Now, you’ll position the pintuck you just sewed into next groove of the foot and sew your next tuck! The grooves in the foot will ensure that you will get a perfectly parallel second pintuck.  46c19You can keep moving over one groove if you’d like and get a whole project full of evenly spaced tucks, but here’s the cool part. If you move over TWO grooves you will create a perfectly spaced space to lay down some pretty decorative stitches.46c27The space in the center of the foot is exactly the right width to max out your 9mm decorative stitches, and the grooves on the bottom of the foot ensure perfect placement. The hardest part if picking your favorite decorative stitch to use!

Now for my sewing mystery. Have you ever wondered what the heck the hole in front of the needle plate was for? The answer blew my mind… 46c15-01


It’s for feeding cording through to made corded pintucks! WHO KNEW!46c13Obviously you’ll need to make sure your cord fits through the opening freely- but using this hole lets you make curved pintucks without worrying that your cord isn’t following behind.46c12To use this nifty feature you’ll first remove your stitch plate, then feed the cord up through the opening in front of the feed dogs. **Important info: Jim recommends that you not use your thread cutter when cord is fed this way to reduce the risk of things getting jammed.**46c23Then you’ll thread the cording through that magical hole in your stitch plate and pop it back into your machine.46c24 If you have a machine with a bobbin sensor, you’ll need to turn it off while using this technique as you have to leave your bobbin door open.

Turn off your bobbin sensor!

Don’t forget to turn off your bobbin sensor!

46c10You’ll just line up the cording under the groove of your foot and sew! It’s that easy. Seriously you are going to be amazed!46c14Here’s a shot of the back of my project. The first four pintucks are without cord, and the second four have cording. It was tough to photograph the difference the cording makes from the top- but in person you can really see the difference. I’ll have samples at both locations for you to check out when you come to order your foot:).46c26I had a blast placing with this foot- it’s such an elegant way to feature your decorative stitches.46cpouchI made these little zipper pouches to display at the shops. Come and check them out…you’ll fall in love with this technique. Don’t forget the Bernina 46c foot is 25% off through the month of August.

So have you used this foot before? Are you a pintuck addict? Did you know about the hole in the stitch plate?





5 thoughts on “Bernina Featured Foot 46C (and a Sewing Mystery Solved).

  1. Thank you so much for the tutorial…It really helped in making my decision to buy this foot….I also down loaded the bernina app. now I can look at my list of feet, and wonder if Im buy doubles….Yea !!! Keep up the good work…

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