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Thread: Help, all you walking foot users do you change tension? do you FMQ

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoyoteQuilts
    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl
    the walking foot is for straight lines- stitch in the ditch-cross hatch, ect-
    a free-motion (darning foot) is used for fmq.
    practice first on a small practice sandwich to see if your tension is going to need any adjusting
    Ditto!
    But, I think a FMQ foot is different than a darning foot. It has a spring on it, and holds the tension. A darning foot is the wide open foot used for embroidery?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CAS49OR
    Quote Originally Posted by CoyoteQuilts
    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl
    the walking foot is for straight lines- stitch in the ditch-cross hatch, ect-
    a free-motion (darning foot) is used for fmq.
    practice first on a small practice sandwich to see if your tension is going to need any adjusting
    Ditto!
    But, I think a FMQ foot is different than a darning foot. It has a spring on it, and holds the tension. A darning foot is the wide open foot used for embroidery?
    Darning foot has two sizes.. some will clip the wider darning foot to a "c" shape with the opening in front of the needle.
    The BIG FOOT is wonderful, clear holds a lot of fabric down and I love it.

    Today is my day to try out my walking foot !

    Thank you all!!

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    Today is the day my house is quiet enough to try this walking foot out! Thank you all!

    Ell

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    Does anyone have a Janome Magnolia 7330 machine? I am having trouble with the understitching when I use a walking foot. The stitches don't look even. I have been playing with the tension and stitch length all day and still it doesn't look right. Any suggestions would be appreciated!

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    Whenever I use the walking foot my under stitch (bobbin) comes out distorted. I don't know how to fix this. I have a Janome 7330, Magnolia sewing machine.

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    The Janome manual for the 7330 does not say anything about tension for walking foot. If it did I would not be asking, and I have tried making samples. I don't do FMQ yet...I am trying to do stitch in the ditch with the walking foot.

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    I would guess it depends on the machine. I have to change on my current Janome for FMQ, but not for walking.

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    You may just need to lengthen the stitch a little.

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    If I'm sew through several layers with the walking foot I adust the presser foot pressure but not the tension. For FMQ I sometimes have to loosen the top tension a little. For FMQ you have to do what works for you and your machine.
    Lord, please keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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    Thanks everyone for the responses on the use of a walking foot

    I was hoping for a response from someone with a Janome 7330 Magnolia. I do not use the walking foot for FMQ. I use it for stitch in the ditch. I have changed my bobbins and bought some for the machine that are specific to this model. I had some plastic bobbins that looked so similiar. I think the only difference from looking closely was they were a trifle smaller and the bevel on the top of the bobbin was slightly different. It seems to help with regular stitching and my quarter inch foot. I have not tried it yet with the walking foot. What happens when I use the walking foot for straight stitching on my quilts is that the understitch is slightly distorted. I have played around with the tension and will have to keep at it. Thanks again ladies for your responses!

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    This sounds like it would help. I am not sure how to adjust the pressure foot and will have to read the manual. Thanks!!

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