Question for quilters
I have recently become interested in learning, well actually, teaching myself, to quilt.My machine has a quilting foot but I’ve also seen something called a walking foot. Can you tell me what that is and if I need to buy one? I went to Ohio amish area recently and purchased 2 small projects – a table runner and a tote bag to get started and see if I enjoy quilting. I love to sew and I’m expecting I’ll enjoy doing these 2 projects.
The walking foot is kind of like having feed dogs on the top of the fabric. It does work nicely. The walking foot might come in handy when you are putting all the layers together to keep them from slipping. If you have a quilting foot (not sure if that it the right name for the foot) that has the little edge on it so that you get an even quarter inch seam, that will work for the piecing part. I love mine because without it my seam allowance grows. If the walking foot is expensive you could quilt your project without it and pin the sandwich really well and see how that goes. The other thing you might try is, if you have a sewing machine store in your area to see if they can show you how the different feet work and then decide on what you need.
OOPs I mis spoke – it was $500. Still a goods price IMO.
I was just watching a video for the new Singer featherweight machine. It has a feature that feeds all the layers of fabric thru evenly – they specifically mention quilting – and has other very nice features. Available only on Amazon right now – I wonder how long until it comes to HSN.It wasn’t terribly expensive on Amazon prime – $400. Not bad at all for a very nice machine.
On my old Singer I am able to simply drop the feed dogs down – for instance I can drop them away when I want to sew a button on and don’t want the fabric to move.Is that all a walking foot does?
I do quite a bit of contemporary quilting and rarely use a walking foot. As beagles mentioned a walking foot works best for straight lines.
The walking foot will work if you are going to quilt straight lines. If you are going to do free motion quilting you should use a quilting or darning foot. It looks like a round hoop at the bottom and drop the feed dogs so you can move the fabric in any direction.
Thanks for the tip – I don’t have a walking foot & I’ll need to buy one so I’ll try to find one that would work on both machines.
Right now I’m on vacation but when I get home it will be early fall & the perfect time to start a sewing project.
Thanks – I have an older Singer and a new Brother. I’ll go thru and see if I have a walking foot. The quilting foot is for my old Singer.
You are welcome☺ When I typed out the names of the walking foot it should have been walking foot/ Even Feed foot. Hence it feeds the fabrics evenly. It works with the feed dogs of the sewing machine.
If your Singer quilting foot is a snap on from your old singer then it might fit on to your new Brother sewing machine. The walking foot/Even feed foot is pretty much universal. Most domestic machines I think are low shank.
I just bought some very nice quilting fabrics. I am planning on making a simple quilted wall hanging. When I say simple I mean simple 9-12 squares with some appliques sewn on designs that I will create and designs found within my Brother Scan n Cut. We will see.☺
Well good luck with your pressure feet and glad to have be of a little help. I am not a great sewing person but I am familiar with some of it.
Your HSN friend,
Hi there @ginia1549
the quilting foot is for piecing your quilt squares together with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
The walking foot/ Even foot as it is know is for sewing several layers together. For example is you have a top layer a middle layer and a bottom layer. It keeps the fabric even as it sews. I use it for sewing fake fur lined with satin when I am making a scarf or a hat. I also use it for sewing projects with batting in between. It is good for quilting.
Hope that helps you out. Most machines do come with one especially the Singer machines.
Your HSN friend,
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08.19.17 1:53 AM