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Thread: Newbie to machine quilting...what to do with that walking foot??

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    Super Member retrogirl02's Avatar
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    HI everyone! Do you by any chance know of some good resources that include visuals for using a walking foot? I rarely change my foot and am super clueless about this one. There are no instructions and the video doesn't explain it, either. I didn't purchase the machine, no classes are included. I'm clueless and planning to machine quilt the grandma's flower garden I'm working on...after some serious practice!!! I'm not finished with the top yet but plan to have the blocks completed at least by fall. Any suggestions are welcome. :!: :!: Thanks.

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    I use my foot to sew my binding on to my quilt....it grips and helps the fabric move right along........great foot...once you start to use it you will always use it for sewing the binding onto the quilt...thats before you blindstitch the binding to th e quilt afterwards....Good luck....NAncy

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    Thanks, Nancy. I used to just use the all purpose foot I had for the first side of binding. I can't wait to get to the binding, though!! I think I'm getting ahead of myself since I only have 7 blocks done LOL.

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    there are so many things I am learning to change on my sewing machine that make quilting easier like my tension and the size of the needles...I have a walking foot also and I can say I have never used it but I keep hearing stuff about it and I guess I need to pull the thing out and play with it and see just what it can do to make quilting easier....does your local quilt shop have a class or someone that can give you a little tour of how it all works?....

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    If you post what machine you have, maybe someone with a similar machine can give you a few pointers. Each brand has just a little different design & way of attaching.

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    I have a Kenmore model 385.19233. I didn't purchase it. I would love to take a class if offered locally but DH works crazy hours and I'm home with the munchkins with no family nearby.

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    pojeda had a link that also had a related link to machine quilting with the walking foot for anyone else who's interested.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGsGxY7V920&feature=related
    Thanks.

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    I like the walking foot for joining long strips lengthwise, too.

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    Moonpi, do you mean rows of blocks or for preparing for strip piecing? Or both? :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by retrogirl02
    HI everyone! Do you by any chance know of some good resources that include visuals for using a walking foot? I rarely change my foot and am super clueless about this one. There are no instructions and the video doesn't explain it, either. I didn't purchase the machine, no classes are included. I'm clueless and planning to machine quilt the grandma's flower garden I'm working on...after some serious practice!!! I'm not finished with the top yet but plan to have the blocks completed at least by fall. Any suggestions are welcome. :!: :!: Thanks.
    I only know a little about walking feet...so will share what little i know. A walking foot is only used for straight sewing (correct me anyone if i am wrong) and on my machine (bernina) you have a hook that must be hooked over or it wont work properly. These are things that i was told when i bought mine. Someone else might be able to explain better once they know what brand machine and walking foot you have. Happy sewing! You could also go to your local sewing machine shop and take the machine and foot with you and i am sure they will be glad to help as sometimes if you are a visual learner like me it is easier to see someone else doing it.

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