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Thread: Walking foot for Featherweight 221..Is it worth getting?

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    Walking foot for Featherweight 221..Is it worth getting?

    I saw a walkng foot on April 1930's website that is for a featherweight 221. Does anyone use one on their Featherweight machines? Is it worth buying? The price seems reasonable and I've bought bobbins from them and they were great and had great service. Would this be useful?
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    Grammie,

    I have a thread on the penguin I started yesterday. I did NOT pay as much as April's has their's listed for. I'm having a skipping stitch issue, but the fabric feeds like butter. Much better than my also expensive bernina foot on my QE machine. I do love the penguin but I have to figure out why I'm having the stitching issue. I switched from a size 14 needle to a size 16 and that seems to have helped a lot. I think the last issue to resolve may be the way the thread feeds through the machine. I buy cones and use a stand but noticed yesterday that it may not be spooling freely, so that's what I'm tackling today. I looked for mine for 2 years. The going prices are usually 300 to 600 dollars no matter if they have the box with directions or not. I got mine for 200.

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    Good morning, I bought a new 1/4 foot for my Featherweight. I bought it at my LQS and it cost about $25.00.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grammie Sharon View Post
    I saw a walkng foot on April 1930's website that is for a featherweight 221. Does anyone use one on their Featherweight machines? Is it worth buying? The price seems reasonable and I've bought bobbins from them and they were great and had great service. Would this be useful?
    I have the walking foot (not the penguin foot) from April's for my FW. I use it often and it works great. I tried a different walking foot on my FW and as it sewed, it somehow tightened the screw so tight we could barely get the foot off! The one from April's fits and works perfectly. The price is very reasonable - I had to pay $98 for a walking foot for my Viking!!!
    Linda
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    thank you all for your input. I have a 1/4 in foot for my FW which I use alot. I don't know if I would quilt with it but thought the waling foot from april's would be helpful for a small project. The price seemed reasonable. It wasn't the penguin foot though. wow that is alot.
    Sharon

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    Lovelyl we just visited my daughter in Troy Ohio and I the way back stopped at a quilt shop in Blufton. It was really nice. Also had lunch at a little restaurant called Jeannies. Great lunch. Are you near there?
    Sharon

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    The Featherweight is a low shank machine, so why do you have to have a special walking foot for it? Can't you just use the generic walking foot that fits any low shank???
    Karen in Kentucky

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grammie Sharon View Post
    Lovelyl we just visited my daughter in Troy Ohio and I the way back stopped at a quilt shop in Blufton. It was really nice. Also had lunch at a little restaurant called Jeannies. Great lunch. Are you near there?
    I am about an hour south of Troy. Glad you enjoyed your visit!
    Linda
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    Quote Originally Posted by KyKaren1949 View Post
    The Featherweight is a low shank machine, so why do you have to have a special walking foot for it? Can't you just use the generic walking foot that fits any low shank???
    The foot has to fit the feed dogs correctly. Most machines can use the generic walking foot, but the FW needs one to fit the narrower feed dogs. The one from Aprils is only about $28.
    Linda
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    Quote Originally Posted by evelyn4500 View Post
    Good morning, I bought a new 1/4 foot for my Featherweight. I bought it at my LQS and it cost about $25.00.
    I bought my 1/4 inch foot from sew classic for 10 doll ars or so...great price.
    I would love to have a penquin but I know they cost as much as my FW did~~~

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