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Thread: Is it my machine or my walking foot?

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    I have a Brother XR9000 and a walking foot that both are a little over a year old. And I used both alot. I was putting together blocks for a rag quilt this morning and my walking foot started lifting up & slamming back down when I backstitched. Has anyone else had this problem? Is it the walking foot or the machine? Sure hope that it's the walking foot.

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    I have never had that problem with my Brother machines-Did you take it off and put it back on again? Are the feed dogs fully engaged? Does it sew correctly when going forward and only act up when back-stitching? Does your machine work fine with a normal foot when backstitching? If so, it is probably just your walking foot.

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    I've cleaned the bobbin case & then re-threaded everything. It does OK with stitching forward. I moved the slider on the dog feeds to lower & then bring it up to normal and that checks out. And the fabric feeds through it OK. This happens at the second backstitch. I'm putting 4 1/2 squares together for a rag quilt and have to make an X...backstitching at the ends of the lines.

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    Went back to my sewing room & put my J foot on...it sewed perfectly and the backstitch was just as smooth. It's the walking foot. Don't know why I didn't think of trying another foot. Thank you, Debbie

    Quote Originally Posted by Vanuatu Jill
    I have never had that problem with my Brother machines-Did you take it off and put it back on again? Are the feed dogs fully engaged? Does it sew correctly when going forward and only act up when back-stitching? Does your machine work fine with a normal foot when backstitching? If so, it is probably just your walking foot.

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    It has been said many times on this board, but maybe it needs to be repeated.

    Walking feet are not designed to be used while sewing backwards. The walking foot has only one direction, forward. The up and down motion of the needle moves the walking foot and it has no way to determine the direction you are sewing. Therefore, it always moves forward even if the lower feed dogs are going in reverse. Continual use, while sewing in reverse, will eventually break your walking foot.

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    Glad it's the foot and not the machine but how frustrating.

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    I did not know this...thank you. So how do you tack something down?

    Quote Originally Posted by mytwopals
    It has been said many times on this board, but maybe it needs to be repeated.

    Walking feet are not designed to be used while sewing backwards. The walking foot has only one direction, forward. The up and down motion of the needle moves the walking foot and it has no way to determine the direction you are sewing. Therefore, it always moves forward even if the lower feed dogs are going in reverse. Continual use, while sewing in reverse, will eventually break your walking foot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mytwopals
    It has been said many times on this board, but maybe it needs to be repeated.

    Walking feet are not designed to be used while sewing backwards. The walking foot has only one direction, forward. The up and down motion of the needle moves the walking foot and it has no way to determine the direction you are sewing. Therefore, it always moves forward even if the lower feed dogs are going in reverse. Continual use, while sewing in reverse, will eventually break your walking foot.
    I didn't know this-must have missed the thread discussing it-I usually use my walking foot mostly for binding, but have a few times used it for SID. I have not had any problems taking a couple stitches back with my foot, but as I said, I don't use it much except putting on binding. I'll keep this in mind-I continually learn someting new on this site!!

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    I have the Brother CS6000i and in the book it says to NOT use reverse - so what I do is needle up and down a couple times - but also remember when quilting you cross over the seams so that locks them in place also :thumbup: Does that make sense ?

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    If I feel the need to reinforce at the end of the seam, I lift the needle and walking foot, scoot the fabric back a 1/2 inch and go FORWARD again, giving me a little extra stitching at the end to secure.

    Also- check eBay for a new walking foot. There are usually good deals to be had.

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    Hazeljane, I will do that from now on out...thank you, Debbie PS. I love your name!

    Quote Originally Posted by hazeljane
    If I feel the need to reinforce at the end of the seam, I lift the needle and walking foot, scoot the fabric back a 1/2 inch and go FORWARD again, giving me a little extra stitching at the end to secure.

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    Sharon B, That does make sense. I have not made a rag quilt before and the directions said to backstitch at the ends of the lines. Talking about the lines in the X in the little squares that hold the batting and both sides together. Thanks, Debbie

    Quote Originally Posted by sharon b
    I have the Brother CS6000i and in the book it says to NOT use reverse - so what I do is needle up and down a couple times - but also remember when quilting you cross over the seams so that locks them in place also :thumbup: Does that make sense ?

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    to tack ends i would shorten the stitches down to almost 0 and sew a few stitches or sew a few regular stitches. lift the foot and move the fabric to the beginning and sew over the previous stitching.

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    Debbie I have made several rag quilts and don't worry about the back stitching - as when you attach the blocks together you cross over the X seams :thumbup:

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    Ok Sharon that's what I'll do. Another question...how do you do a border on a rag quilt? Debbie

    Quote Originally Posted by sharon b
    Debbie I have made several rag quilts and don't worry about the back stitching - as when you attach the blocks together you cross over the X seams :thumbup:

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    I just set the stitch length to zero and sew three stitches. Nothing has ever come undone.

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    I used my walking foot so much that I wore out the spring mechanism that makes do the "walk"

    My dealer said the spring is gets worn out----no "spring" left in the spring.

    So I purchased a new one and everything works just fine now.

    Chris

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    I have never put a finished border on a rag quilt - just leave the outside edges open and rag them up - maybe someone else can help with that

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    I have a Baby Lock and have been told Baby Lock is Brother. My walking foot jumps up and down going forward. I hae to loosen it up and tighten it back up often.

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    I don't think you are supposed to backstitch with a walking foot.

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    Gosh, i never knew the walking foot couldn't go backwards, but it makes sense the way its been explained. I use my walking foot exclusively for everything. I will be sure to remember this!

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    I did NOT know this either and I have been quilting for over 25 years. I usually did tiny stitches when at the end of my quilting. Sure glad it wasn't the sewing machine!! THANKS for posting this info on the board !!

    Quote Originally Posted by mytwopals View Post
    It has been said many times on this board, but maybe it needs to be repeated.

    Walking feet are not designed to be used while sewing backwards. The walking foot has only one direction, forward. The up and down motion of the needle moves the walking foot and it has no way to determine the direction you are sewing. Therefore, it always moves forward even if the lower feed dogs are going in reverse. Continual use, while sewing in reverse, will eventually break your walking foot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mytwopals View Post
    It has been said many times on this board, but maybe it needs to be repeated.

    Walking feet are not designed to be used while sewing backwards. The walking foot has only one direction, forward. The up and down motion of the needle moves the walking foot and it has no way to determine the direction you are sewing. Therefore, it always moves forward even if the lower feed dogs are going in reverse. Continual use, while sewing in reverse, will eventually break your walking foot.
    Just what I was going to say -- worth repeating!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mytwopals View Post
    It has been said many times on this board, but maybe it needs to be repeated.
    Yes, it does and thank you for repeating it. I've only been here since July this year but I haven't come across it being mentioned.
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    Mytwopals is right. I've heard this on this board before. No backstitching with a walking foot.

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