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Date: 1/20/14 2:54 PM

Hi - I sewed a cotton rib knit to a woven cotton flannel using my Walking Foot. Used the Walking Foot to take advantage of the "even feed" promised by using it but I also put the knit on the bottom thinking that would give me added assurance that the fabric would feed evenly. It didn't. The knit (the fabric on the bottom) seems to have feed thru more quickly than the woven on the top. And - I should mention, I had pinned the heck out of it as another way to ensure it all stayed in place. What did I do wrong?

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Date: 1/20/14 2:59 PM

Try testing with scrap of these fabrics; knit on top and then once with the WF and once without.

With all those pins you probably did not need the walking foot.

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Date: 1/20/14 4:40 PM

If that doesn't work try basting the seams first. There were times on my old machine where I had to baste, then sew the seams using the walking foot if I was using fabrics that fed differently top and bottom. That was one of the appeals of buying the Bother Dreamweaver that has a walking foot with adjustable differential feed.

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Date: 1/20/14 5:31 PM

I would also double check your walking foot is attached properly. Mine has a bar at the top of the foot with a U shape that needs to catch onto a bar on the side of the needle shank (sorry don't know the technical names) but if that is not caught on the bar, it does not act as a walking foot. Don't ask me how I know!

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Date: 1/20/14 5:52 PM

I've been building a collection of vintage Stretch & Sew books, and the S&S advice is to put the stretchy thing you are trying to ease (the ribbing) on the top, and the fabric that you are NOT stretching (which may be either a woven or another knit) on the bottom. I think Kwik Sew uses the same technique: "stretchy thing" on the top, and "not stretched thing" on the bottom.

From my own experience, this makes it easier to see if the ribbing is stretched enough and lining up with the seam allowance edge of the bottom piece. I have a Pfaff with IDT, so it's similar to a walking foot. Works well for me.

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*A student in one of Ann Person's Stretch & Sew classes summed it up by saying "Oh, we sew with a relaxed bottom." which became a catchy memory saying that Ann used in future classes.

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Date: 1/21/14 1:00 AM

I agree with woven on the bottom, knit on the top, check that the WF arm is on the needle clamp, and sew slowly. If that doesn't work and you have a presser foot pressure adjustment, you could try less pressure.

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Date: 1/22/14 8:27 AM

Thank you all! I checked each detail from each reply and it turns out that decreasing the presser foot pressure was something I hadn't done - and it does help! I usually stay away from knits so every comment was appreciated as they will come in handy as I venture further into this area.

Thanks again for all your help!

Carol

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