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Thread: Walking foot or Stitch In The Ditch foot for quilting?

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    Junior Member Gayle8675309's Avatar
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    Walking foot or Stitch In The Ditch foot for quilting?

    Which do you prefer for stitch in the ditch quilting, your walking foot or your SITD foot that has the metal guide on it for perfect SITD sewing?

    I'm wondering if you spray baste your quilt sandwich together well, if you could use the SITD foot rather than the walking foot?

    Anyone have opinions?

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    I have the SITD foot but have not tried it for quilting....still use the walking foot since it's designed to be used with multiple layers so the layers don't shift. The SITD foot is really designed to sew 2 pieces of fabric together with the edges laid side by side. If others have used it for actual SITD quilting I'd be interested to hear of their experiences.

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    Senior Member SherryW's Avatar
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    I use the walking foot. I do not spray baste my quilts. The glue builds up on the needle. I use Hobbs 80/20 fusible batting and pins. It works for me.

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    I mostly do FMQ with my darning foot. I don't like SID, always look sloppy to me.
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    I have the SITD foot for my Janome - it came along as part of the convertible 1/4" foot package - but I haven't had any luck with it as I think the walking foot is better at handling the sandwich.
    I have found that SITD itself is not easy, period! It works best, imvho, when I have properly pressed the joined pieces, first setting them, then pressing them inside out, then pressing them right side out - it leaves just a tiny bit of fold of fabric covering the seam and the SITD stitches are covered up. If I had to 'make it fit' to get my sizing, there is sometimes just the seam and no 'ditch' left. That looks weak. But I tell myself I will wash the quilt and it will pucker up a bit and that will soften the line. I'm only on the 8th project so I have a very humble opinion.
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    My walking foot, for a Bernina, has a stitch in the ditch that I sometimes add to my walking foot; but since I have used it for so long with the open toe, I seldom change to the stitch in the ditch. I love my walking foot!

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    I can't sew a straight line for SITD. I usually do free motional.

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    Super Member QuiltnLady1's Avatar
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    I have a STID accufeed foot for my Janome -- and I use that. I do spray baste my layers together and I never have build up on the needle. I always make sure the spray is completely dry before I start -- I either dry iron or wait a day before I start sewing.

    Before I got the Janome with the accufeed, I used the walking foot.
    Last edited by QuiltnLady1; 11-17-2011 at 11:05 AM.

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    Didn't know there was a SID foot. I use my walking foot and it seems to be doing fine. BrendaK
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    I use a Stitch in the Ditch foot for my Pfaff and I love it. Makes it so easy when Stitching in the Ditch. I use pins for basting. I have used spray--but I haven't found it to really hold the layers together as well as pinning--plus the spray made a mess of residue my tile floor; so I don't think I will use it again.
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