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Message Board > Beginner's Forum > Can I sew a strait strech stich on the walking foot? ( Moderated by EleanorSews)

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Can I sew a strait strech stich on the walking foot?
I am asking because my velvet has a little strech since it has a knit backing.
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Date: 4/27/13 11:17 PM

I am confused about sewing on the walking foot. It looks very scary to use.

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Date: 4/27/13 11:47 PM

Its not scary at all Think about what it is and does - it replicates the movement of the feed dogs to keep the fabric layers moving together. It has to have the mechanism to do this, hence the size.

Go ahead and attach it and have a go. Make sure you fit the little arm to your needle screw correctly - some cup around the screw, others just have an arm that sits on top.
Be prepared for it to be a bit noisy.

Have fun sewing your stretchy velvet!

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Date: 4/28/13 12:25 PM

Embrace the walking foot. It will save your life with those tricky fabrics. Only two issues I have with it - noisy. Just live with it. Sometimes grabs fabric while putting it under the foot. Use a piece of paper between the fabric and foot as you set it up. Remove paper before sewing. Love your walking foot!

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Date: 4/28/13 1:02 PM

Do you know of any good photo tutorials or videos about the walking foot? The tissue paper thing just confuses the heck out of me.

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Date: 4/28/13 1:10 PM

Dana - just get some scraps and start playing. You will get it pretty quickly. I don't do tissue paper that sews into the seam because I can never get the darn stuff out afterwards.

The walking foot is just feed dogs on the foot like the ones on the surface of the machine, so they will grab onto fabric sometimes as your try to get it under the foot. And the bulk of the foot also makes it tricky sometimes. Get your two pieces of scrap together and line them up to put them under the foot. Take a piece of paper or thin paper board (an empty pattern envelope will work if that is what is handy) or anything smooth and place it on top of the top fabric. Slide it all under the walking foot to wherever you want to start then pull the paper or cardboard out of the way and start sewing. Instead of the machine feed dogs pulling the fabric along by themselves, they have handy helpers on the bottom of the walking foot.

One thing I have learned here at PR is "Practice on Scraps!!!" I don't think I ever did that before, probably because I learned to sew as an impatient teenager, but I have saved endless frustration and pain by embracing practice stitching.

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Date: 4/28/13 1:32 PM

Oh no, don't be afraid of it...it's wonderful. I use mine alot and not just on knits. Give it a go!

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Date: 4/28/13 4:47 PM

I use mine a lot. Since my SM has several needle positions, I even use it for piecing quilts.

It is great for knits as it helps to keep the top layer even with the bottom layer.

When using a regular presser foot, the lower layer tends to feed a tiny bit faster that the top layer.

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Date: 4/28/13 4:55 PM

Search You Tube, there's bound to be at least one video demonstrating a walking foot.

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Date: 4/28/13 5:27 PM

Try this tutorial offered by Sewing Parts Online:

How to Use a Walking Foot.

NAYY

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Date: 4/29/13 7:31 AM

I have to add my 2 cents' worth. The walking foot looks more intimidating than it is. When I finally got around to trying mine I wondered why I had waited so long, especially for knits! Go on, you can do it.

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