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Date: 3/15/13 9:28 AM

what is a walking foot? What is it used for? Are there different kinds, if so what is the best one to use? I have a Janome new home machine, is there a certain one I need for that?

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Date: 3/15/13 10:08 AM

Here is the link to a you tube video of a demonstration. Generally you do need the one that fits your machine although a few are interchangeable. They seem to vary from $20.00 to $100.00.

They come in handy when you are working with heavier projects such as quilts, to move the top and bottom pieces through the feed dogs at the same time.
http://youtu.be/SuSD45vGfNM

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Date: 3/15/13 10:22 AM

Walking foot attachments can be your best friend for even feed, sewing through thick stuff, and of course straight stitch quilting in the ditch.

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Date: 3/15/13 12:24 PM

The walking foot is like a feed dog for the top layer of fabric and helps keep the top layer from shifting.

I use it for quilt piecing; if the needle can be adjusted left/right of center, the edge of the foot can be used as the 1/4" guide while the entire foot and fabric remain on the lower feed dogs.

I also use it for a lot of general sewing.

They are a bit noisy, but worth owning and using.

Here is a video tutorial from Singer that covers how to use most, if not all presser feet - no matter what brand or model of sewing machine.

Note: both the darning/free motion foot and the walking foot interact with the needle bar. Some of these feet have either a lever that sits atop the needle bar or slip onto the needle bar via a configuration something like this - C.



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Date: 3/15/13 1:40 PM

Janome has a few different kinds of walking feet. The latest and greatest TOL machines have something called Acufeed built in. That is a walking foot integrated into the presser foot mechanism that you can engage or not, as you choose, and that has different attachment accessories for 1/4 inch foot, straight stitch, ditch quilting, and zipper as well as normal zigzag foot. There might be another one or two that I missed. I don't think this is available as an accessory for the older machines that don't have it built in.

For the older models, which sounds like what you have, there are open toe and normal toe feet, built either for low shank or for high shank machines. The high shank feet are for the embroidery sewing machines. They work exactly the same way. The difference is in where the foot attaches to the presser foot bar. All of these are between $20 and 35 dollars, and you can you buy them alone or in a set of feet, and they are the same feet as for Kenmore machines that were made by Janome. Check with your dealer for what foot is the correct one for your machine. I would probably advise the open toe foot for better visibility when sewing, but the normal one I have works just fine. The only difference is how much space is visible where the needle pierces the fabric.

Janome also sells something called the Rotary Even Foot. It is a foot with rubberized tractor treads and several attachments as part of the accessory for blind hemming, rolled hems of various thicknesses, and bias binding. I think the one I purchased a few years ago was about $50, but I may be mistaken on the price. It isn't quite a walking foot, but it serves a similar purpose for slippery and difficult fabrics like leather and rubberized fabrics. I love this foot! For the wider rolled hem attachments alone, I think it is worth the cost. It comes in a little box with

Other brands charge A Lot more for their feet, BTW.

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Date: 3/15/13 9:06 PM

There are older machines with even feed feed, or as Pfaff calls it, IDT Integrated something or other. I had a new Pfaff in the late seventies that had the patented even feed food on it, aka, walking foot. They held the patent for many years but it is now up and other machines are coming through with this option. Find an older Pfaff and you will more than likely have a built in walking foot. FWIWl, I am on my second Pfaff. Why? That even feed foot. I'd be lost without it.

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Date: 3/15/13 9:24 PM

I have one for sale in the classifieds. Just FYI if you are looking to purchase one.

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Date: 3/15/13 10:10 PM

Just about any generic walking foot for a low shank will fit on a New Home. I have used the one that came with my Brother machine and one I bought on the internet for $20.00. The one I got on the internet called it Plaid matching foot so that gives you an idea what else it can be good for.

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Date: 3/15/13 10:50 PM

As previous members have mentioned, you shouldn't have much issue getting a generic walking/even feed foot to fit your machine.
You can also get a straight stitch walking foot especially for straight stitch only machines (not what you want though, I suspect).

I personally find mine invaluable, particularly when sewing napped or slippery fabrics such as corduroy, velvets, satins etc.

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Date: 3/15/13 10:57 PM

I use my walking foot all the time. In fact, it's the foot that's on my machine the most. I definately recommend getting one...you will find it to be well worth the price.

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