Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 16

Thread: Can someone please help me to understand

  1. #1
    Super Member LAQUITA's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    DFW / Texas
    Posts
    1,053

    Can someone please help me to understand

    The difference in when to use the walking foot & when to use the skinny foot with the home it. (I was told by the place I bought my machine that this foot was to be used for the FMQ) not the walking foot. So I'm confused b/.c I thought the walking foot was what u used for FMQ.
    BTW: I have a Janome Dc2012.
    Thanks for the help!
    LaQuita (aka) - Yai-Yai to the most precious grandbaby around of course I'm partial! LOL

    HAPPY QUILTING!
    www.caringbridge.org/visit/shea

  2. #2
    Super Member sewbeadit's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Washington
    Posts
    3,073
    FMQ is usually curvy, for the most part and the walking foot is used for straight stitching.
    Sewbeadit
    W. Washington

  3. #3
    Super Member
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Orbiting
    Posts
    1,441
    Walking foot is also called the Quilting foot and it helps to evenly feed thick layers (like a quilt sandwich) through the needle pressor foot area - helps keep fabric layers from shifting.

  4. #4
    Super Member
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Orbiting
    Posts
    1,441
    Here's some video's showing people who are free motion quilting: http://www.youtube.com/results?searc....1.OoSQIUmKh_M

  5. #5
    Super Member Deborahlees's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Wine Country-Southern California
    Posts
    1,455
    O.M.G......ok the walking foot is used primary when you have a fairly think piece to sew....like a top, batting and backing and you are going to be sewing in straight lines....either stitch in an ditch or like on a diagonal or such....the walking foot has 'helpers' on the top like your feed dogs to PUSH the fabric thru...... then there is your regular foot and then there is your 'darning' foot which is usually a large circle, sometimes an open toe and when you lower it down it usually does not touch your sewing.....now when you lower your feed dogs....you can move the 'fabric sandwich' around with out touching either the bottom or the foot....that is 'Free Motion Quilting"...............
    I hope that helps ....
    Yes that is a real picture of my hometown Temecula, California. We feature premiere Wineries, World Class Golf Courses, Pechanga Indian Casino and Hot Air Balloons

  6. #6
    Senior Member crafterrn1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Connecticut
    Posts
    840
    Don't forget that a walking foot helps the binding go on much easier than using a regular foot. You can do curves with a walking foot I do all the time. Slow and steady wins the race. I also love to use my specialty stitches on my machine for quilting! Luann in CT
    Live Love and Laugh Enough!

  7. #7
    Super Member PaperPrincess's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    6,472
    Blog Entries
    2
    The walking foot is used for SITD, channel quilting (straight lines) or gentle curves. Check with the manufacurer, but many are made to stitch forward only. The feed dogs move the fabric from below and the grippers on the foot move the fabric from the top, so thick layers are pulled evenly from top and bottom. The foot is also called an even feed foot for that reason.
    FMQ is where you don't rely on the feed dogs to move the fabric, you do. you use a hopping foot, or darning foot .
    "I do not understand how anyone can live without one small place of enchantment to turn to."
    Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

  8. #8
    Super Member Peckish's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Pacific NW
    Posts
    4,789
    Blog Entries
    1
    I have to disagree with the poster who said the walking foot is also known as the quilting foot. The walking foot helps you feed fabric IN A STRAIGHT LINE ONLY. When you attach it to your machine, you are essentially adding feed dogs to the top of your fabric. Feed dogs on both bottom and top of your sewing will help feed your pieces evenly. You CAN quilt with this foot, but only in a straight line, or (if your walking foot has a wide enough needle hole) using your machine's decorative stitches.

    However, if you want to do some free motion quilting, which means moving the quilt in all directions to make swirls or whatever, you will want to drop your feed dogs and put in a different foot. This foot has several different names; free-motion foot, darning foot, quilting foot. Some people call it a hopping foot because it hops as it sews. The reason it hops is because it has to lift between stitches so you are able to move the fabric in all different directions. If your foot does not lift or hop, you will not be able to do any free motion quilting on your machine.

    Hope this helps.

  9. #9
    Super Member
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Southeast Wisconsin
    Posts
    1,053
    I FMQ without a hopping foot. This ia what i learned to do: put on any wide toed foot, set pressue on the foot to 0. Set stitch length to zero. Feed dogs up. Go! Works great.

  10. #10
    Super Member TexasSunshine's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Kilgore Tx
    Posts
    1,552
    My built in walking foot on my older Pfaff (which I have engaged 90% of the time) will allow me to sew backwards, such as sewing in reverse. I do that all the time.
    Texas Sunshine, piney woods of NE Texas

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.