Walking Foot

August 12th 2013 Jen Wrote:

I somehow deleted your mondo important email with the directions for the walking foot...BTW, I went to Joann's this am to get one.  They only had one kind, it looks just like yours, I sure hope it's compatible with the machine.  So, is this right?
Make sure the needle is all the way to left.
The switch in back needs to be moved to make sure the something or other is dropped (or is that only for wavy freestyle squiggles we talked about?  do those squiggles use the walking foot?  I can't remember!!)
I tried watching some YouTube stuff on installing a walking foot but none of them talked about the needle position, etc.  Those dummies, don't they know THIS dummy needs them to be more clear?!
Nicole Responded:
The only way you'll know is to try it on your  machine,  if it is a low shank universal walking foot then it should work (other sewing machines may use a high shank walking foot).
You have to have the fork holding your cross-bar that holds your needle in position and check your needle position to make sure it doesn't hit your foot and it goes through the hole of your walking foot.
The fork goes here:)
You do not drop your feed dogs. They need to be up. The point of a walking foot is so that teeth are grabbing your fabric from the top and bottom to ensure that all layers of your quilting material gets pulled through the machine at the same time.  I hope I explained that ok.
I was trying to show the teeth on the throat plate and on the white plastic part of this foot. Therefore it grabs the fabric from both sides and feeds through more evenly.
The free motion quilting foot is used when you place the squiggles in a random pattern (stippling) once your work is sewn together.
This is a free motion foot for quilting. Notice my feed dogs are dropped in this photo. You can not free motion quilt without dropping your feed dogs.
Jen Responded:
Thank you for the walking foot notes again! I still haven't had the courage to try it w/out you...oh, my stars and garters, will I ever be able to do anything sewing without your help?!
Quilting foot???  What the harry is that again?  Do I have one of those?  I might just have to stick to rag quilts for the rest of my life.
Ugh.  My package from Joann.com is now LOST, UPS says.  I'm soooo excited to do those stupid burp cloths and they're ruining my sewing plans.  *:(( crying  I could go one step further and be really dramatic--they're ruining my LIFE.
There, take that Joann's!
More soon, dear Sewing Guru...

Why is a walking foot important to have you ask?

  • it helps to feed your material through the machine evenly since feed dogs are on your foot essentially and on the throat plate.
  • this performs excellently when quilting thicker materials
  • thicker nappier fabrics tend to slip around a lot and the walking foot helps prevent this.
  • basically it is useful whenever you are sewing two pieces of fabrics that you do not need to ease, the foot will sew your two pieces of fabrics evenly
  • you can sew faster and more accurately without having to use pins since the foot does such a great job of keeping your fabrics feeding at the same rate through your machine.
  • use with knit fabrics to help the fabric NOT to stretch and grow warped and wavy

When not to use a walking foot:

  • when you need to ease one side of your pattern piece for example sewing a sleeve in. Always place your larger piece (the sleeve) in contact with the feed dogs and use your regular foot. This will help ease your sleeve in your arm hole.