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Posted on: 1/15/03 3:20 PM
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A walking foot is useful for attaching a sleeve, as it will prevent the two layers from shifting. Works especially well on a sleeve because the 2 layers (bodice and sleeve) are variously matched up the bias to straight grain around the armhole. Shifting can easily occur because bias will streatch much more than straight grain. A walking foot is designed to prevent shifting, and this problem is diminished. In my experience, walking feet really hate sewing over pins, so I hand baste the sleeve into the armsyce before sewing.

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naillig said... (6/7/06 4:08 PM) Reply
this is something i must try
WandaJ said... (1/15/03 11:23 PM) Reply
I love my walking foot. Thanks for bringing it up.
comocosews said... (1/15/03 5:38 PM) Reply
Good tip. A walking foot is good for anytime you sew two pcs. of fabric together of the same length. You don't want to use it when you are sewing in ease. When one piece is longer, you want the longer piece towards the feed dogs.
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