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

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    I need details.. really want to be successful with this !!
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    I only change tension with my walking foot if it needs it, which most of the time it doesn't.
    I FMQ with my darning foot on and my tension usually needs a bit of tweaking to get it right. I usually make a practice sandwich with the same batting and similar fabric and use it to practice and to adjust my tension before I start on my quilt. If I get the tension right and then it goes silly, try changing your needle as it is usually the culprit. I hope this helps

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    My walking foot doesn't usually require me to change tension. With my walking foot, I can do straight lines, gentle curves or decorative stitches. FMQ is done with a darning foot.

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    I don't change tension for anything - my Bernina 730 is so mild mannered, it seems to cope with everything I put under it's needle, thank goodness.

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    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

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    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!

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    I have a Janome MC4800 and never change my tension. and you can't FMQ with your walking foot. you need a darning foot that has a spring on the shaft.
    i do some slightly curved lines with my walking foot instead of all straight stitching. just move the quilt to the left and then the right as I sew along.

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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!
    I'll third that!



    LisaWannaBQuilter ... Hadn't thought about decorative stitches with the walking food ... thanks for the idea!!

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    No, haven't had to yet, you'll know if you need to do that I would think.
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    Some walking feet require that you change tension...and some can only handle straight stitches, not needle shifting decorative ones. Read the instructions for your particular foot to be sure of what yours requires

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrider
    Some walking feet require that you change tension...and some can only handle straight stitches, not needle shifting decorative ones. Read the instructions for your particular foot to be sure of what yours requires
    Thanks ... I'll be sure to read my manual before I try that ... and/or call my sewing machine store to check.

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    My machine has automatic tension adjuster for fabric thicknesses so I don't mess with tension too often with my walking foot for crosshatching or SITD, For FMQ with the darning foot speed and how fast you are moving the fabric are your tension so again I don't adjust my tension for FMQ and my stitches are fine,I do however adjust my presser foot pressure, and my foot height when FMQ

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    Be careful using a walking foot for decorative stitches. The foot is made to go in advance only. If the decorative stitch goes from side to side or backwards, you can damage the foot.

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    heh! Thank you all so much !! Will start my adventure on Tuesday !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan
    Be careful using a walking foot for decorative stitches. The foot is made to go in advance only. If the decorative stitch goes from side to side or backwards, you can damage the foot.

    I agree with Tartan! I have a walking foot that is made to change out the feet that will do decorative stitching (Viking Sapphire 875Q). Unless your machine allows you to switch the feet on your walking foot, be careful when doing stitches other than straight stitches.

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    I also have a Viking and do decorative stitches with my walking foot. I rarely have to change the tension, and only when I change thread types, not feet.

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    I have all mechanical machines and I rarely change tension.

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    No need to unless you get funny results on your practice sandwich. The look of the stitches will tell you which end needs to be tweeked.

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    I never mess with the tension for either FMQ or the walking foot. I do change the stitch length. On FMQ I reduce the stitch length to zero, and on the walking foot I lengthen it to the next half level.

    My machine does allow some zigzag stitches with the walking foot. Check your manual.

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    Dolphingirl, what kind of machine do you have? It would be wonderful not to have to change tension when quilting different thicknesses.

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    Be sure to check your machine's manual. We can only tell you what we do for our machines. I have a Pfaff. I can use my IDT (walking foot) with all my decorative stitches. I cannot use the IDT with my FMQ/darning foot. I only have to adjust my tension for very heavy or very light fabrics. A medium setting works well for piecing and for FMQ. When I lower my feed dogs, my stitch length is mute so I don't bother to change it.

    Practice on a sample sandwich, do what your manual says, then play with the settings until you figure out YOUR machine.

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    i never change the tension for my walking foot and FMQ with my darning foot

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    I have not had to change tension when using walking foot. :-)

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    No I don't change tension, machine has auto tension on it.

    But I will lenghten my stitches just a bit to 3.5.

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    I don't use my walking foot for fmq.

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