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Thread: ? about using walking foot for the first time!

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    I am going to be brave and attempt to use my walking foot finally. Thought I would make placemats. How do you secure the stitches when you start and stop? Do you backstitch? TIA

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    I do not backstitch, but if you think it would make it stronger, go ahead. If you are using a binding, there is really no need to backstitch. If you are turning them, and them quilting, you better.

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    Be sure and read the instructions some you CAN NOT back stitch with. Don't want to break it the first time you use it :wink: Some machines you can set the machine down to 0 for stitches so it does a couple in place .

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    I use 3 tiny stitches to lock -- not quite on top of each other, but very close together. It's often not a good idea to try to backstitch with a walking foot.

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    I couldn't backstitch with my walking foot. My Pfaff had IDT which is like a built in walking foot and I can backstitch with that.

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    You don't need to backstitch because your binding will secure the stitches when you sew that on.

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    I either start within the seam line for the binding, or use 3-4 little tiny stitches. I try to avoid backstitching, as it shows on the back of the quilted item. :D:D:D

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    I press the "needle up/needle down" button several times for tiny stitches. It's such a pain to press from 3.0 stitch length to 0 and back up again! Also, I can backstitch using the WF on my Brother machine, thank godness!

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    I am going to attempt grid quilting. Maybe doing the binding with the WF if the quilting goes okay. I have a Brother so maybe I can backstitch? I think I will just use the "needle up needle down" feature. That sounds easier. Thanks everyone!!

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    I you start in a spot that doesn't go to the edge of your quilt, you need to secure the stitches-backstitch, lock stitch, etc..and don't sew fast. The wlking foot does't go very fast, just be patient. You will have a great time! NEXt-Free Motion!

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