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is walking foot needed on this machine?
Sew Crazy Nancy
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Date: 12/5/08 12:32 PM

I just bought an older model Viking Designer 1 with embroidery arm and wondered if I needed a walking foot when I quilting through all 3 layers? The machine has an Auto Sensor Foot that sets the presser foot down at the correct height for the thick fabric, but the dual feed issue may still require a walking foot. Does anyone have this info? Do I need to buy a walking foot? Many thanks-Sewcrazynancy@att.net

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In reply to Sew Crazy Nancy


Date: 12/5/08 2:07 PM

Here is a lengthy, but interesting review where the reviewer states that she noticed no difference in the stitching when using a walking foot, but did not address slippage of fabric layers.

Quilter's Review

I would get a walking foot.


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Date: 12/5/08 9:10 PM

I have the designer 1 and I think the walking foot really does make a difference. It really helps hold the layers together. I use it when I quilt, when sewing fleece and many other times. If I'm not working on anything that needs a speciality foot I have just been leaving it on the machine. I think it is definitely worth it. You might pick up a used one on ebay.

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Date: 12/5/08 10:58 PM

I have a Designer 1 and I most definately need a walking foot I use it for quilting but also for fleece or any thick fabric.

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Date: 12/6/08 1:15 AM

Adding my recommendation for a walking foot too. The auto-sensor is great but when sewing many layers the walking foot is definitely needed.

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Date: 12/6/08 2:47 AM

A walking foot will give you a nice even feed, so I would invest in one if I were you. The D1 is a nice machine, enjoy it!

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Date: 12/6/08 8:09 AM

I'm not a Viking owner, but a walking foot will be well worth the money you invest when you sew on napped fabrics like courduroy and velvet. I use mine with a lot of woolens and even knits and own one for all three brands of machines I sew on.

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