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walking foot
can/should i always use it?
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Date: 6/17/13 4:57 PM

I've just been noticing that I (unfortunately) often end up mismatching fabrics when sewing a long seam. for example, i just sewed up the side of a cotton pillow (so two layers of fabric) and by the end of the 35 or so inches the two sides of the seam were off by a few milimeters. this is one typical example.

i bought a generic walking foot that works on my machine, and tried it out for different things. it seems to me that the walking foot could help this? even though i was under the impression that you don't need it unless you have something stretchy or lots and lots of layers...

should i just practice more or give up and use the walking foot for everything?

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Date: 6/17/13 5:13 PM

One time I put my walking foot on ...and I never took it off. I sewed all types of fabrics and it just seemed to work best on everything. The only time I changed was for a zipper foot. I'm hoping others will comment but that has been my experience....This was on a Janome machine.

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Date: 6/17/13 5:15 PM

I am sure there are rules I don't know, but I think you can use your walking foot anytime it works with your project! The sole of mine is quite large, so it doesn't work for tight curves and corners or for narrow seam allowances. Other than that, I am not aware of any downsides to a walking foot. When I need it, mine is sooo wonderful, especially as my machine doesn't have presser foot pressure adjustment.

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Date: 6/17/13 6:18 PM

I couldn't sew if I didn't have a walking foot.

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Date: 6/18/13 9:09 AM

ok, that's my new plan. attach the walking foot and never look back

thanks for your opinions!

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Date: 6/18/13 10:50 AM

I have a Viking and I rarely use it. It's great for velvet but I tried it with knits since several people raved about it. Not I. Use it and see if you like it or put it in the drawer and take it out for pile fabrics.

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Date: 6/18/13 12:58 PM

Quote: nzach
I've just been noticing that I (unfortunately) often end up mismatching fabrics when sewing a long seam. for example, i just sewed up the side of a cotton pillow (so two layers of fabric) and by the end of the 35 or so inches the two sides of the seam were off by a few milimeters. this is one typical example.



i bought a generic walking foot that works on my machine, and tried it out for different things. it seems to me that the walking foot could help this? even though i was under the impression that you don't need it unless you have something stretchy or lots and lots of layers...



should i just practice more or give up and use the walking foot for everything?

If you are not pinning your fabric you will have to match the ends and hold them. Match somewhere in the middle and hold that too. Fan fold it if it is really long, holding in several places. as you stitch, let out a fold and pull taut from front and back, MAKING those edges fit. The action of the feed dogs will pull one layer more than the other if you do nothing.

You can use the walking foot if you like, and that is wonderful for really matching up plaids or stripes, but on a regular cotton, it is really not necessary and you would still have to do the above..or pin it to fit.

If you do use pins, make each end fit together, and pin. Then pin in the center, stretching it to fit if necessary and matching up edges.

Put in as many pins as you like, but if it is cotton (and a straight line seam), you don't need all that many..maybe every 6 inches or so at most.

Hope this helps.

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Date: 6/18/13 5:59 PM

I created a video for some people that have asked me how I sewed without pin and kept my seam aligned. It really slowed me down while trying to explain it in the video, because normally I fly through long seams and they come out perfectly in the end - even without using pins.

Here it is if you'd like to take a look:

Sewing without Pins Video

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Date: 6/18/13 7:51 PM

I always sew with mine and actually use it to work for me, as in easing seams. But unlike Nancy, I rarely sew knits. It really makes a difference in how things match up at the end of a not short seam. It also gives control over less cooperative fabrics. I'd be lost without mine.

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Date: 6/18/13 7:52 PM

My go-to-machine has variable needle positions, so the WF seldom sees the inside of the drawer.

I even got one for my inexpensive Singer 1507 and Rocketeer (slant needle machine).

These feet were made for walking......

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