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    Holice gave a very good description of the walking foot. Mine is built in my older Pfaff, it snaps up if you don't need it and snaps down if you do, and I use it all the time. I used it when I did general sewing and making purses and thick layers. My Brother has the attachment walking foot and it just does not do as good a job as the Pfaff.
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    I too suggest you buy a walking foot that is FOR your model of sewing machine. It is alittle clunky, but you'll quickly learn to like it when sewing on bindings. I just wished Bernina had designed one built in for their machines before I bought my 730E.....I've learned to deal with clunky..lol

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    Thanks for the info. I wil try your suggestions!!

    Quote Originally Posted by romanojg View Post
    I couldn't find the # of your machine either and Vikings search button isn't working. Do you have a store around you that you could call. Most machines go by a 1 diget # when you are looking at parts. Like I have two machines and one is a 1 and the other is in group 7. On the outside of the package it'll show a numbers each one in a circle and if your # is there it fits. You might have to get one special ordered but the only way to find out is to either email Viking, at the bottom of Vikings website there are email links for hardware and software. I do recommend not getting a generic for any machine; most find out they end up replacing them constantly and end up spending more but a walking foot is great. No it's not for free motion quilting in general. Unless you can use the new interchangeable walking foot that Viking came out with most walking feet are made to go straight and not in different directions. If you want to see what the different feet look like go to Vikings website and click on accessories and then you can look at their book and it shows all of the accessories and you'll see the difference of a walking foot and a FMQ foot. The walking foot does make a difference when quilting or even sewing any seams especially long ones like hemming, etc.

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    I was a little apprehensive to get one for $30 for my new machine last December, especially seeing how much money I just spent on the machine. The saleswoman couldn't have been nicer though. She suggested I get one (I machine sew on one side of the bindings and hand sew the other). She even stated that if I didn't like it, then I could return it. I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it and couldn't imagine how or why I didn't use one before. Good luck with your decision!
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    I use my walking foot for quilting, whether it is straight line stitching or SID. I've never used it for putting on my binding though. . . interesting! I made an IPad cover this weekend and because it was 4 layers of cotton fabric and 4 layers of fusible batting, I used it. The cover came together beautifully!
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    All of my newer machines has come with a walking foot. I bought generic ones for the two older machines. I use mine to baste around quilt sandwich and when sewing on the binding. I really need it for that. I don't do much straight line quilting but, it would be used for that with the best results. I think they are a must have.
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    Mine is built in on my machine and I use it for everything
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    I use it to sew the quilt layers together, to stitch in the ditch, and to bind the quilt. Prefer not to sew without it. Takes a lot of the work out of quilting.

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    I would definitely purchase one specifically designed for your machine - the manufacturer of your machine or your local sewing machine repair shop should be able to help. My walking foot was pricey, but I can tell you it's worth twice that for all of the headaches it has saved me if I had tried to use my regular/standard foot. The walking foot moves the quilt sandwich through evenly and helps prevent puckering of the fabric. Once, I started to sew quilting lines and forgot to switch to my walking foot and the stitching turned out to be a hot mess...but nothing a seam ripper couldn't handle. LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by lap quilter View Post
    I would definitely purchase one specifically designed for your machine - the manufacturer of your machine or your local sewing machine repair shop should be able to help. My walking foot was pricey, but I can tell you it's worth twice that for all of the headaches it has saved me if I had tried to use my regular/standard foot.
    I bought a generic walking foot for my Janome from Nancy's Notions. My trouble began the first time I used it. I was just doing straight line quilting on a throw size quilt and I was about 1/4 way into it and the darn thing completely fell apart!!! I got my money back from Nancy's Notions and ordered the Janome one from http://kenssewingcenter.com/ Priced right and ALWAYS free shipping! I got it within 3 days of ordering. I've ordered several things from them since. Their customer service is out of this world!
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