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Thread: daring foot vs sid foot vs walking foot

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    $ being a factor,and new at quilting, which of the 3 would be the be my best investment? And does the sid move the top fabric like the walking foot?

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    I guess it depends on what you want to do. I use all three feet frequently. If you are just starting out, you could pass on the darning foot. Most people tend to get the basics down before attempting FMQ. The walking foot is great to have for other uses, not just quilting. It's handy any time you have to sew something thick, such as purse handles. The Stitch in the ditch foot isn't a necessity, but I like using it...my SITD is more consistent.

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    It all depends on what you want it to do. I bought the walking foot first because I could stitch in the ditch with it, and it really did help keeping all the fabric moving together, even when I am piecing. I got the darning foot later, because it was cheap and I wanted to try FMQ. The SID I got with the new machine. Wanted to make sure I had all the bells and whistles to maximize what my new machine could do.

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    Of the three, I would say that the sitd foot is the least one I use. You can stitch in the ditch with your walking foot.

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    I don't use a walking foot...I have a roller foot which does basically the same thing and was much less expensive to buy. For free motion quilting you will need the darning foot. The darning foot will also allow you to darn socks if you're so inclined and to do thread embroidery one stitch at a time on your machine. I don't have a SID foot but I'd like to get one just to try it out for small projects that I don't want to set up on my long arm.

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    I think a walking foot is the best investment, a darning foot is only for FMQ and if you are a new quilter you probably won't need that for a while. I have a sid foot that attaches to my walking foot which I use all the time, but only some machines have that available. (I have a viking)

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    Agree with above...I'd buy the Walking foot first...I also SID with it and put my binding on with it. I bought a SID foot and never use it because I want my fabric to move underneath and that's what the Walking foot does.
    I had to buy the FM foot when I wanted to learn that but that came much later when I figured I'd stitch with it and learn FM. Still not very good at it but still give it a try now and again.

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    a stitch in the ditch and a walking foot are the same thing- a darning foot- sometimes called a free motion or a hopping foot is used for free motion quilting- a walking foot is used for straight lines- so it depends on what kind of quilting you are doing

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    I would go with the walking foot first and then if there is a stitch-in-the-ditch sole for your walking foot I would get that, and then lastly the darning foot.

    With the walking foot you can piece, stitch-in-the-ditch, straight line quilt so that would cover quite a few things that you might do as a new quilter.

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    Do you already have a 1/4 inch piecing foot? That would be my first purchase. After that, a walking foot.

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    I went a very long time with just a darning foot (I like open toe), no walking foot. It is an absolute necessity. I can straightline quilt with my regular foot, I can't FMQ with it.

    I now have a walking foot, but probably won't use it much as I mostly do FMQ. The walking foot came with a SITD sole, so my edge stitch foot (SITD foot) won't get anymore use on quilts, it does not move the fabric.

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    Walking foot, you can use it for SITD so you don't need a SITD foot. Darning foot can come later when your ready to tackle FMQ

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    I have all three and use....ALL THREE! Different feet for different things.

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    I'm still dreaming of a walking foot with SITD. For now, I have a generic from Joanns. Full price was $15 and I used my 40% off coupon on it. It works just fine on my Brother. I had a dealer tell me the feet aren't interchangeable between brands. Not true. You just have to know if you have a low shank (most likely), high shank, or slant. Check out Amazon for feet. My darning foot was less than $10 on Amazon.

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    At present I have been using the regular presser foot. Didn't know the different. I have the rolling foot, but did not know what it was for, never used it. My machine is a 2nd hand Singer about 20 yr old. Love this place. Learn something everyday.

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    I agree with getting the walking foot first. I don't have a SITD foot and haven't needed it.

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    Thanks to all for sharing your experiences and expertises.My next 40% or 50% coupon will get me a walking foot.

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    I don't know if you know this or not but Viking has a new interchangable walking foot. It is supposed to be compatible with other machines as well but not sure which ones. It comes with 2 additional feet and you can get more, like a 1/4 in and rolled hem, etc. The advantage to this foot is that you can do reverse, zig zag and all of those fancy stitches using the walking foot and what ever additional foot you put on. It will take quilting to another whole new level since you can do fance stitches while using a walking foot to control your fabric. A regular SID foot doesn't control fabric like a walking foot does; it works like a 1/4 in basically; keeping it where it's supposed to go.

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    http://www.amazon.com/Husqvarna-Viki.../dp/B004S30B0O

    If you've got it, this looks like a wonderful way to spend $115. $95 for the walking foot and $20 SITD plate. This was by far the cheapest price I found for it.

    Hmmm. Maybe if I can find a job soon. Dreams, dreams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Feathers-N-Fur
    http://www.amazon.com/Husqvarna-Viki.../dp/B004S30B0O

    If you've got it, this looks like a wonderful way to spend $115. $95 for the walking foot and $20 SITD plate. This was by far the cheapest price I found for it.

    Hmmm. Maybe if I can find a job soon. Dreams, dreams.
    This is the foot I was talking about. It has many different feet that can be bought and it goes forward, backwards and zig zag, etc. I just bought one for my ruby,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Feathers-N-Fur
    http://www.amazon.com/Husqvarna-Viki.../dp/B004S30B0O

    If you've got it, this looks like a wonderful way to spend $115. $95 for the walking foot and $20 SITD plate. This was by far the cheapest price I found for it.

    Hmmm. Maybe if I can find a job soon. Dreams, dreams.
    I lucked out and got mine at 40% off at a LQS last year...it is worth every penny!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Feathers-N-Fur
    I'm still dreaming of a walking foot with SITD. For now, I have a generic from Joanns. Full price was $15 and I used my 40% off coupon on it. It works just fine on my Brother. I had a dealer tell me the feet aren't interchangeable between brands. Not true. You just have to know if you have a low shank (most likely), high shank, or slant. Check out Amazon for feet. My darning foot was less than $10 on Amazon.
    I think the walking foot would be the one to get.
    I just got the new Bernina walking foot and it has three sole plates, one is a walking foot SITD foot. If they have it maybe other makes will also. It is totally awesome.

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