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    Hi, I'm new to quilting and was wondering which feet would you say are helpful and which ones are 'can't do without' ones? I've had a look on a few websites and it is all a bit confusing! Thanks for your help.

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    couldn't do without my 1/4 inch, darning, or my walking foot!

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    Hi and welcome to the board from Iowa. You would like to have a 1/4 inch foot for quilting, walking food would be wonderful, and I like to have a darning foot as well.

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    If cost is any factor, it depends on your sewing machine brand. Some machines have expensive feet and some are very reasonable. Some will fit other brands of machines.

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    Welcome to the board from Southern California!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Country1
    couldn't do without my 1/4 inch, darning, or my walking foot!
    Same here, love these feet.

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    Wow, what quick responses, I think I might be popping on here pretty regularly when I get started! I have a brother sewing machine. I had a look on ebay and the walking feet seem to vary from 6 to 30. Are the cheap ones as good as the more expensive ones or do you get what you pay for?

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    I can't live without either 1/4" foot that has the little metal guide or the older style "patchwork" foot that has a little tick mark at the 1/4" on each side.

    I also use my walking foot for putting on binding and stitch in the ditch.

    I use my open toe applique foot for machine applique, paper piecing & zig zags.

    I haven't used my darning foot since I got my mid-arm but if you plan to FMQ, you will need it or a hopping needle.

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    Not sure what machine you have, but the walking foot is my can't do without. I leave it on one of my machines at all time. The 1/4 inch foot is very nice, but I can put s barrier up to help keep the width. And if you plan to do the free motion quilting then the darning foot (open) is necessary.

    So it really depends on what you plan to do.

    You need to make sure the walking foot is one that goes to your machine. Mine cost about $25.00 in US which was for a Singer machine. The Brother appears to cost more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Country1
    couldn't do without my 1/4 inch, darning, or my walking foot!
    those are my top 3 as well

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    I think it's pretty hard to say whether a generic foot will work as well as one made for the machine. Some do and some don't. If possible, test it out before buying, or buy with the opportunity to return it if it doesn't work well.

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    The only foot I use is the 1/4" foot, unless I am doing a fancy stitch on the binding then I use a large, open foot.

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    I use my regular foot.for.piecing, not a quarter inch foot.

    My darning foot (i prefer open toe) is a must.for.free motion quilting.

    I just got.a.walking foot but haven't used it yet. On Bernina, it costs as much as a cheap sewing machine! It was a splurge for sure, I had been doing ok (but not great) without it.

    I also like my clear applique foot for.satin stitch applique...makes turning corners easy.

    I now covet the wheel.foot to do curved piecing and the free motion couching foot.for shear fun. Not sure if I eventually want the 1/4 inch foot, and with or without guide...

    (sorry for the random periods between words, my.phone does that.)

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    1/4 inch foot and walking foot

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    Hi and welcome from MO.

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    The feet I use the most are my 1/4" piecing foot, free motion quilting foot, and walking foot. I do also use my open toe machine applique foot a lot. And another foot I do love is the edgestitch foot. Other than that it will depend on what kind of sewing you do and what feet you might want to play with. There are so many to choose from, each doing a specific task. Some are quite costly though, and I would only buy them if you knew you were going to be using them a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Country1
    couldn't do without my 1/4 inch, darning, or my walking foot!
    ditto
    also the open toe foot, also have used my binder foot for pot holders

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    I can't do without my right foot.

    I like my left one too...

    :roll:

    I actually don't want to do without either of them...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Favorite Fabrics
    I can't do without my right foot.

    I like my left one too...

    :roll:

    I actually don't want to do without either of them...
    Yep, me too if I have a choice! :roll:


    1/4 " is a must
    walking foot
    my clear foot with a red arrow which I use for applique, some quilting, and afew other things

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    Quote Originally Posted by Country1
    couldn't do without my 1/4 inch, darning, or my walking foot!
    Ditto........although my 1/4" foot is not exactly 1/4" (I just move my needle), I wouldn't think about being without it, or my walking foot or darning foot.

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    The quarter inch foot and a free motion quilting foot or darning foot. If you don't have it built into your machine, you will need a walking foot.

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    You probably got a darning foot (or free motion quilting foot)with your machine. I use a 1/4" foot all the time, and an open toe foot to stitch in the ditch. Another thing I would advise you to invest in is a single needle plate for your machine. It REALLY helps keep your fabric from being sucked into your machine when you're piecing. I've used one for years and if I was going to by a new machine that would be one of the first things I'd buy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Country1
    couldn't do without my 1/4 inch, darning, or my walking foot!
    Ditto

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan
    Quote Originally Posted by Country1
    couldn't do without my 1/4 inch, darning, or my walking foot!
    those are my top 3 as well
    Ditto...and well worth the price. I've tried to use "barriers" such as tape or sticky notes but always return to the 1/4 foot (w/guide).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Country1
    couldn't do without my 1/4 inch, darning, or my walking foot!
    Neither could I. Those are the feet I'd suggest.

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