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Thread: do you use a walking foot to machine quilt?

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    Senior Member DeniseP's Avatar
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    I own a Bernina 185 and a Singer 7470. The Bernina is so fussy about quilting that I have given up and am now using my Singer which cost about 1/10 of what the Bernina cost and works much better. I have heard that a walking foot would be better to quilt with. I'm kind of new to machine quilting and would like some help from people who know what they're talking about.

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    A walking foot is great for straight lines and gentle curves, but it can't do FMQ, if that is what you are asking. :D:D:D

    The walking foot has teeth underneath it, so that the fabric is fed under the presser foot more evenly :wink:

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    what is FMQ?

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    free motion quilting. You use a quilting (or darning) foot and lower your feed dogs, so you are moving the quilt under the needle- your motion controls the design.

    A walking foot is ideal for quilting in straight lines, or stitch in the ditch (you will see that as SID)It keeps both the top and bottom layers moving equally, so there is no distortion or pulling.

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    Free motion quilting

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    Free Motion Quilting.

    I use a walking foot for quilting most any design with gentle curves. You have to go very slow almost a stitch at a time for the intricate designs. I started doing more with the walking foot after reading this book: One Line at a Time: 24 Geometric Machine-Quilting Designs Made Easy by
    Charlotte Warr Andersen

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    A walking foot keeps the back of your quilt from puckering. I forgot to use it on one quilt intil I was about half way through. I won't make that mistake again!

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    A walking foot is worth every penny! I also use mine when making purses/totes. It makes a big difference in the quality of the finished item. :)

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    How long have you had your Bernina?? My dealer offered free classes on how to use the machine. That was 5 1/2-6 years ago. Contact your dealer and ask about classes to learn more about your machine.

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    I always use a walking foot. It makes it a lot easier.

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    I love my built in walking foot on my Pfaff. I use it to quilt in the ditch. If I am free motion quilting I use a darning or free motion foot.

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    I too use my darning foot for fmq. I'm not very good at it, but I try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    Free Motion Quilting.

    I use a walking foot for quilting most any design with gentle curves. You have to go very slow almost a stitch at a time for the intricate designs. I started doing more with the walking foot after reading this book: One Line at a Time: 24 Geometric Machine-Quilting Designs Made Easy by
    Charlotte Warr Andersen
    BellaBoo, thank you!!!!!!! I'm just getting my feet wet with machine quilting :D I will get that book, thanks again :thumbup:

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    Absolutely on the walking foot. My Pfaff has an integrated walking foot that I almost never disengage. I would try to piece anything, quilt or clothing, without it.

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    The walking foot is a must in order for your layers to move correctly.

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    I absolutely love my Bernina 730E. I have never had any problem FM quilting or with using the walking foot for geometric designs. If your Bernina is fussy about quilting, you should contact your dealer for advice. It should quilt like a dream!

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    I love your puppy!!!My dealer is not very good at helping me with anything. My machine did not come with a walking foot and when I called about buying one the cost is $165. I just bought one for my Singer instead.
    My Bernina also embroiders, does yours?

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    I use my walking foot for everything except curvy piecing.

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    Thanks so much for all your comments and advice. I ordered a walking foot this morning from Singer so I know it will fit. I will also use lower loft batting so that I don't have to fight so much to get it through the machine. Happy quilting to all of you!!!
    My 1st grandbaby is due next week, can't wait!

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    Quote Originally Posted by walen
    I absolutely love my Bernina 730E. I have never had any problem FM quilting or with using the walking foot for geometric designs. If your Bernina is fussy about quilting, you should contact your dealer for advice. It should quilt like a dream!
    I have the 153, it was made for quilting. I was lucky, my DH did the computer work for the shop for awhile. We got to know the owner that way. Customer service was great!! The owner of the shop also was the service tech for Bernina. My machine came with the walking foot, and others related to quilting. Sounds like you need to find another dealer, but that is problematic because they are spread out. Maybe you can find another dealer online for tech. support????

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    Quote Originally Posted by mamaw
    The walking foot is a must in order for your layers to move correctly.
    good to know, I haven't been using one.

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    I'm drooling with envy and congratulations to you Pfaff with IDT owners! My dream machine!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeniseP
    I love your puppy!!!My dealer is not very good at helping me with anything. My machine did not come with a walking foot and when I called about buying one the cost is $165. I just bought one for my Singer instead.
    My Bernina also embroiders, does yours?
    I would have done exactly what you did in your situation; Singers are great machines. However, you can get a like-new walking foot for your Bernina on Ebay or the Sew Its For Sale Yahoo Group. Bernina Walking feet typically sell for around $70. If you don't know about it, Sew Its for Sale is a place to buy an sell all things sewing, the group is very helpful. If you join the group, you can post an add "ISO: Bernina Walking Foot."

    Yes, I love my Bernina's embroidery capacity! It is amazing.

    My "cute puppy" is a four-year old Border Terrior named Duffy. He is a doll! I love him more than potato chips. LOL...

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    Quote Originally Posted by momymom
    Quote Originally Posted by walen
    I absolutely love my Bernina 730E. I have never had any problem FM quilting or with using the walking foot for geometric designs. If your Bernina is fussy about quilting, you should contact your dealer for advice. It should quilt like a dream!
    I have the 153, it was made for quilting. I was lucky, my DH did the computer work for the shop for awhile. We got to know the owner that way. Customer service was great!! The owner of the shop also was the service tech for Bernina. My machine came with the walking foot, and others related to quilting. Sounds like you need to find another dealer, but that is problematic because they are spread out. Maybe you can find another dealer online for tech. support????
    There's a Bernina Yahoo Group that is very helpful. Perhaps you might want to look on their site for conversations about your machine. You also might ask your questions there. The men and women that chat on that site are amazing with technical knowledge.

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    The walking foot is great for the Stitch in the ditch....When trying the free motion, its better to use the special round transparent or open foot ....(you can see them in the videos)
    Good luck :D

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