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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Backstitching with Walking Foot? ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Date: 2/20/13 8:56 PM

My manual says not to backstitch when using the walking foot....so is there another way to secure my stitches at the beginning and end of a seam? TIA!

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Date: 2/20/13 8:57 PM

Oh - I didn't have a manual, so I always back stitch with mine! Never had a problem.

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Date: 2/20/13 9:22 PM

I don't usually use a walking foot but you might try just setting your stitch length on about .5, depending on the machine, and start and end each seam with 3 or 4 tiny stitches? I often do this with applique and it works well as when you finish with a tiny stitch you're set up for the next seam to begin with a tiny stitch to secure.

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Date: 2/20/13 9:45 PM

Hi there,
I have the exact same Brother you have, so I know exactly what you mean about what the manual says. Of course, a tedious process would be to lift up the presser foot, turn the fabric around, and take 2 or 3 stitches, then lift presser foot again, turn fabric around again, and sew as usual to the end of the seam...and do the tedious process again. I am almost 100% certain that this is what sewists do if they have treadle machines (which don't have a back stitch). But I'm also going to call Brother, because I've had such good customer service with them, and I'll post again and share what they tell me.

(How do you like the machine, by the way? I got mine in Dec. to replace a Bernette that decided it would not sew another stitch without a professional tune up. I've been so very pleased!) I've just finished some new valances for my kitchen and am finishing the curtain for the back kitchen door.

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Date: 2/20/13 11:18 PM

I would say take a few very tiny stitches to start with. The easiest thing to do is to pull a thread through and tie off the ends. I used to worry alot about this and not so much now. There is very little chance that a seam is going to rip out because I didn't secure the seam. Most seams have a line of stitching over top of it; it may be hemmed etc.
I would think a bit of fray check or some type of glue would also secure it. HTh

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Date: 2/20/13 11:26 PM

No need to back stitch if there will be another seam crossing the one being stitched.

If you want to lock the seam, start about 1/4" from the edge so there will be enough fabric under the WF so you can back stitch and not have a jam.

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