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    I really really thought I just HAD to have one. Bought the silly thing, used it once. Walking foot does just fine. It probably is great for long straight runs, but I like to stitch elsewhere too and the SID foot doesn't help me for that

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    Bought a SITD foot made by Quilt Wizard a few years back. It is a plastic affair that works like the metal versions shown at the sites mentioned. I couldn't become accustomed to looking at it when trying to use it. Wandered in and out of the ditch the same as when not using it.

    To be fair, it took a lot of using to become accustomed to looking at the walking foot in action, too. I make big quilts for the most part and feel I need the walking foot to manage all three layers. Maybe I'll make a small quilt and try the SITD foot again, now that the walking foot is old hat.

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    Quiltntime, thanks for the pic. I hadn't heard of a SID foot. I think I'd like to try one for my Pfaff and make it easier to do the smaller lap quilt on my own.

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    Hello
    I have a 25+ year old JC Penney, Model 6984 stretch stitch machine. Don't know who actually made it and JC Penney was of no help. How do I find a walking foot?

    I am new to quilting and am making a memory t-shirt quilt for a birthday present in June. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    One last question please, do I cut and then stabilize or stabilize first?

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    I have one and like it. I use it more for sewing across blocks for turn backs, than for stitch in the ditch. It leads me from one corner to the other without having to draw lines. I'm doing a chevron border right now and it has turn back blocks on opposite corners. So am using it a lot as I need 100 of these blocks for the 3 borders. You will use it often :!:

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    Quote Originally Posted by katier825
    I was originally planning on getting one, until I got my walking foot. The walking foot makes such an improvement in my finished product, that I passed on the stitch in a ditch foot. Now if there was a way to use both at the same time, that could be interesting! :)
    My thought exactly! If they could put that leading edge on the walking foot it would be amazing, and really useful. But I do use mine mostly for sewing turn backs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spartanarms
    Hello
    I have a 25+ year old JC Penney, Model 6984 stretch stitch machine. Don't know who actually made it and JC Penney was of no help. How do I find a walking foot?

    I am new to quilting and am making a memory t-shirt quilt for a birthday present in June. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    One last question please, do I cut and then stabilize or stabilize first?
    I'm not sure about the foot or if one is even available for your machine.

    A friend of mine used 100% cotton interfacing and ironed it on the back of her T-shirt pieces. It is easier to iron on the interfacing first. That stabilizes the piece for cutting and sewing.

    Make sure the piece of interfacing is larger than the square you plan to use AND that the t-shirt material is larger than the interfacing so you won't gunk up your iron. (That can get quite messy) Use the iron-on instructions that come with your interfacing. They are product specific.

    I would practice on a piece of shirt that does not go into the quilt - just to get the hang of the process.

    Hope that helps.

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    Many thanks- I am quite nervous about doing this for the first time. I will give it a go in a few minutes. Again thanks for your prompt response.

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    Up until now I've been using only the foot that came with my machine (old, basic toyota) but i just bought a walking foot and a 1/4" foot - wowzers, what a difference! i have ditch and echoed a small wall hanging - MUCH better! But how does a SID behave if it doesn't walk as well? I had the impression that the walking action was what made the biggest difference to my machine quilting.

    K x

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    I have a stitch in the ditch foot and I really like it. I have a Pfaff machine that has a built in walking foot but I use the SID also.
    cassiemae :P

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    Nancy:
    Hi! I have a stitch in the ditch foot and I love it :thumbup: I just finished quilting some squares on pillow shams I am making for my grandson to match the quilt I made him for Christmas 2008. I could never stay in the ditch when quilting until I brought this foot. I would recommend it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Butterfli19
    ...and what do you think? Is is nice to have, or is it something you would improve on with practice, or does it make a big difference?

    I just bought a 1/4" foot which I love, and am wondering about the SID foot.
    I use it for:
    TOP STITCHING: move the needle to left or right and top stitch perfectly from the edge.
    JOINING 2 PIECES OF BATTING;use the faggoting stitch on your machine with the SID guide between the 2 pieces of batting; it doesn't show on the finished quilt, and you can use 2 small pieces of batting to make a larger piece. I buy the largest size batting when it's on sale and whack off whatever I need for a quilt. Eventually, I join smaller pieces together.
    JOINING 2 PIECES OF FABRIC: same as above, but fold 2 pieces of fabric and join them
    JOINING TRIMS, LACE, HEIRLOOM FABRIC SEWING: same as above with fancy stitches or zig zag.
    PRACTICE FREE MOTION QUILTING: Jill McCloy showed me this: put the feed dogs down and practice FMQ by doing stitch in ditch; by the time you finish all the seams, you're comfortable with speed and length of your stitches and ready to try 'real' free motion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spartanarms
    Hello
    I have a 25+ year old JC Penney, Model 6984 stretch stitch machine. Don't know who actually made it and JC Penney was of no help. How do I find a walking foot?

    I am new to quilting and am making a memory t-shirt quilt for a birthday present in June. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    One last question please, do I cut and then stabilize or stabilize first?
    Do you have a repair shop for sewing machines? They should be able to help you. There is a generic walking foot which is what I got for my machine (at my repair shop).

    I would stabilize before cutting the t-shirts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoanneS
    Quote Originally Posted by Butterfli19
    ...and what do you think? Is is nice to have, or is it something you would improve on with practice, or does it make a big difference?

    I just bought a 1/4" foot which I love, and am wondering about the SID foot.
    I use it for:
    TOP STITCHING: move the needle to left or right and top stitch perfectly from the edge.
    JOINING 2 PIECES OF BATTING;use the faggoting stitch on your machine with the SID guide between the 2 pieces of batting; it doesn't show on the finished quilt, and you can use 2 small pieces of batting to make a larger piece. I buy the largest size batting when it's on sale and whack off whatever I need for a quilt. Eventually, I join smaller pieces together.
    JOINING 2 PIECES OF FABRIC: same as above, but fold 2 pieces of fabric and join them
    JOINING TRIMS, LACE, HEIRLOOM FABRIC SEWING: same as above with fancy stitches or zig zag.
    PRACTICE FREE MOTION QUILTING: Jill McCloy showed me this: put the feed dogs down and practice FMQ by doing stitch in ditch; by the time you finish all the seams, you're comfortable with speed and length of your stitches and ready to try 'real' free motion.
    This is useful info, thanks!
    Jo Ann

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