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Thread: 1/4" Walking foot????

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    quarter inch walking foot...does it exist?

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    I dont know, but it could darn sure come in handy!!!!!

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    My Janome 6600 has an acufeed foot (which is a built in walking mechanism) that is 1/4 inch but I have never seen one that would go on other machines. It will be interesting to see if someone has heard of one.

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    I'd like to glue, weld, melt or whatever I have to do to invent one.

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    I actually don't use mine for piecing very often, but I love it for the binding!!

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    I have a Bernina and my walking foot has a mark for 1/4". It comes in handy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcia
    I have a Bernina and my walking foot has a mark for 1/4". It comes in handy.
    A 1/4" mark is helpful...but to me it's not the same as having that guide....I don't want to look like this :shock: when I'm sewing...I need to be able to blink my eyes instead of watching that mark.
    An adjustable guide on a walking foot needs to be invented.

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    :) I hope it's helpful to know that Bernina has 2 quarter inch feet. The first is a #37 and the other is a #57 that has a guide. I have both and use the #57 all the time. It gives that "scant" 1/4". Before that I measured w/a ruler under my needle and stacked up masking tape to guide the fabric. Good luck!

    PS: I see you're looking for a 1/4" Walking Foot. I guess you could use the masking tape or measure the Walking Foot, there may be a mark on it you could use. I seems I've done that before.

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    Are there lines on your sewing machine- to the right of the feed dogs?

    I've been sewing for years and only recently realized that they are guides for seam allowances. On the old Singers I have, they are in 1/8 inch increments, I'm not sure what they are on my 1980's Pfaff.



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    There are just SO many times that the machine bed is not visible when you need to sew a quarter inch seam, especially with a walking foot! Binding, echo quilting, top stitching are a few that come to mind right off the bat. You really need to be able to have the guide above the fabric, not below it, for those times! My walking foot has two slide in guides for grid quilting, but you can't adjust them small enough for a quarter inch seam and there is no marking on the foot itself.

    (I'm betting the guides on your Pfaff are metric, bearisgray, like those on my Viking.)

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    They have 1/4 inch feet for almost all brands this is nothing new.
    I have one for my Viking and even one for my Featherweight.
    Just ask at your sewing center

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3incollege
    They have 1/4 inch feet for almost all brands this is nothing new.
    I have one for my Viking and even one for my Featherweight.
    Just ask at your sewing center
    Are you saying there is a 1/4" walking foot available for almost all brands...where can I buy one for a Kenmore?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    Are there lines on your sewing machine- to the right of the feed dogs?

    I've been sewing for years and only recently realized that they are guides for seam allowances. On the old Singers I have, they are in 1/8 inch increments, I'm not sure what they are on my 1980's Pfaff.

    Yes there are guide lines on my machine....it's just that I can sew a seam much faster with a 1/4" foot and it would be nice to use the walking foot so the fabric feeds at the same rate instead of getting to the end of a seam and finding that the top fabric piece stretched.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abigail
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    PS: I see you're looking for a 1/4" Walking Foot. I guess you could use the masking tape or measure the Walking Foot, there may be a mark on it you could use. I seems I've done that before.
    Masking tape works but leaves a sticky residue on the throat plate that causes the fabric to stick to it....beside I have to remove the tape everytime I change or check the bobbin. It's just too much hassle.

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    I got this foot for my Brothers machine. It helps sooooo much with 1/4" seams.
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    i don't know about any other machine than my janome 6600 but here is pic of 1/4 inch walking or acufeed foot also , with stitch in the ditch walking foot

    1/4" walking foot & stitch in the ditch walking foot.
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    I got a stitch in the ditch walking foot for my Brother as well. It makes it so that I can actually do a neat stitch in the ditch for the first time in my life!! :D :D

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    One more thought - can you move your needle position? I have a Janome 6500 and almost always leave my walking foot on. I use the edge of the foot as my guide and move the needle over so that I am sewing a scant 1/4" seam. Works great for piecing and the machine is already set up with the walking foot for machine quilting. Hope this helps.

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    I have the same feet as dojo36 for my Janome and use them ALL the time. You can also buy a magnetic fence that will stick to your throat plate. You set it up at 1/4" and guide your fabric along the edge of the guide. This might work for you because it makes a pretty big fence!

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    Ladies, all of the photos posted, and many of the descriptions given, are of regular feet, not WALKING feet. A walking foot has built-in feed dogs that advance the fabric from the top in conjunction with the machine feed dogs advancing the fabric from the bottom. It keeps the layers of the quilt sandwich moving under the needle together. It prevents puckers and pulling and is well worth the $70 or so that it costs. It is also called an even feed foot and looks like the one below.

    They all have very wide feet and that can be really annoying. You cannot use throatplate guides when the throatplate is covered with quilt and tiny marks, if any, somewhere on the foot are much harder to see than the edge of a foot would be. Thus the desire for a quarter inch walking foot. :?



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    i have 3 walking foots. (because they came with the machines.) they all look like this one, which can be purchased for $30 or less. i line up the edge of the fabric with the edge of the rectangular hole. perfect 1/4".
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    Patrice...the solution was just too simple. I've now had my V8 and slapped myself on the fore head over this one. :lol:
    I lined the right side of the walking foot with the edge of the fabric and got a 1/4" seam. You're one smart quilter.
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    I have 2 Pfaffs they have the dual feed system or walking foot which you can use any foot with on one I do use the quarter inch foot other is computer so the needle moves so sew quarter inch that way

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    Most walking feet have marks on them. These marks are there for measuring distance from the needle. Look for them. Both my Janome and Bernina have them. A lot of the times the right side of the foot is 1/4 inch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Connie1948
    Most walking feet have marks on them. These marks are there for measuring distance from the needle. Look for them. Both my Janome and Bernina have them. A lot of the times the right side of the foot is 1/4 inch.
    It seams like I was the only one that didn't know the right side of the walking foot was a 1/4".... :oops:

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