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Walking foot
Do I really need one?
Blondey
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Date: 1/27/14 6:06 AM

Hi all. I intend making tops from quite a few different fabrics but they will mostly be of a finer fabric, my question is. do I really need a walking foot, or just a normal one, or am I on the wrong path altogether and it should be something else. Thank you

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Date: 1/27/14 7:29 AM

Well, I can tell you that I sewed for more than 30 years without one so I don't think you NEED one. However, if you are sewing with slippery fabrics, they do make it easier to do a good job.

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Date: 1/27/14 8:04 AM

One of those things that you don't miss if you don't have it and never use one, but once you have one and use it, you'll wonder how you ever got by without it.

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Date: 1/27/14 9:13 AM

Well I never thought I needed one until I sewed with a Pfaff with a built in dual feed - how did I ever sew without one, I don't know.

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Date: 1/27/14 10:09 AM

Among the machine peripherals, IMO, it's one of the more expensive ones. I have wanted a walking foot for years, and tried to buy one this summer. It didn't work for my machine (it was a generic foot, and Brother machines are a little particular) so I ended up returning it. Do I wish it had worked, totally! Am I really able to afford the correct $40+ foot for the machine right now? Not really. XD

Basically, I guess I'm saying that if you can afford it and think you'll use it, go for it! But it's not necessary, as I managed to make a silk chiffon wedding dress without one.

IMO, for fine fabrics, the correct needle is more important than a walking foot. :)

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Sewn: 62.5 yards

I'll try anything once :)

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Date: 1/27/14 10:18 AM

I really couldn't sew knits at all on my sm (serger is great!) until I got a walking foot. In my case, a generic for $25 was sufficient. It is on one machine at all times.

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Date: 1/27/14 12:39 PM

With my first machine, a great old Singer, I bought a walking foot when I took my first quilting class. It was a total mysteriously strange looking foot, but once I got the hang of it I never looked back and never regretted buying it. My current machine came with a walking foot, and I am glad it did, because I use it for more than just quilting now.
I agree with Ryan's mom!
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Date: 1/27/14 12:47 PM

If you ever plan to sew plaid fabric, you will be saved a lot of frustration if you have a walking foot. I have two: a generic for my old Elna and a horribly expensive ($100) for my Viking.

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Date: 1/27/14 2:15 PM

I bought one right away when I started sewing. I have never used it. The horror! I am going to give it a try though because I'm ready to sew with some silky fabric that would probably be happier with a walking foot.

I too construct my knits on the serger.

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My Big 4 Sizing: Medium | Tops 14/16 | Pants 18 | Skirts 16/18.

My Measurements: 36 HB | 38.5 FB | 34 W | 44 Hip

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Date: 1/27/14 2:44 PM

The walking foot is a marvelous tool. Once you have seen your stripes, plaids, and matched patterns really match up the whole length of your stitching line, you will be a convert.

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