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Thread: In need af an answer regarding walking foot.

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    Super Member nannyrick's Avatar
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    In need af an answer regarding walking foot.

    I was wondering if you all back stitch with your walking foot?
    My Juki manual says nothing about it but my Brother machine
    says you should not.
    The reason I,m asking is I have been locking in my stitches and
    the foot, (Juki) is starting to make a groaning noise, (only way to
    describe it) and you can hear it from other rooms.
    I,m wondering if I did something wrong in doing this or not.
    I appreciate input from all you experts.
    Thanks,
    Elaine
    so many quilts to make, so little time.

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    Nannyrick, I think I've read the same thing about not backstitching with a walking foot, but I've never locked my stitches on any of the dozens of quilts I've made and I've never had a seam come apart. I'm a former garment sewer, so it took me a while to get used to it, but it really isn't necessary.

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    In general with a walking foot one can start out with stitches set very close together, then slowly turn your dial to to the regular length after you've traversed about 1/4" to 1/2" with tight stitches; this will perform the locking for you without having to backstitch. Back stitching in FMQ can leave bumps and blobs on the back of your quilt.

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    I did not know you shouldn't back up with a walking foot. OOpps! I will stop doing that because I don't need it to get ruined or something else crazy to happen.
    Thanks
    Debra

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    I would have to say that if your machine says not to back stitch with the walking foot, then don't do it. My machine doesn't say, and I've back stitched plenty of times with the walking foot on, and never had any problems with it or my machine.

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    My Janome machines don't say anything about not backstitching - I do it all the time without a problem. One has the built in foot and the other is an after market add on.
    I agree though, if your manual says not to do it, don't
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    I have a Brother and my manual says NOT to backstitch, but I do occasionally. I have been trying to stop this habit as I know the stitches will be locked in when I sew on the binding.

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    i believe the walking foot is made to only go forward. back stitching goes against it's normal direction.

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    My walking foot goes any direction I ask it to, did not know you are not to back stitch. Darn now it will have problems
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    i've had a walking foot on my pfaff for 32 years and have backstitched every seam for 32 years.... but this is built in....i don't know about the add-on feet...

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    I have a singer walking foot. I back stitch all the time but sometimes I just lift it a tiny bit and stitch in place a couple times. My only problem is the back slips off once in a while and the walking part comes off. Really thinking about a new one but I've had this one for quite of few years and it came with some other stuff I bought at a second hand store. I just have to watch out for the slip off.

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    I did not know that one should not back stitch with a walking foot; but it makes sense that you shouldn't. I have been back stitching with the walking foot on my Bernina for ten years. So far, I have not had a problem. Guess I'll go to stitching in place at the beginning and end. Thanks for the information.

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    My Pfaff 2044 has a built in walking foot and I have not had a problem with reversing the stitches.
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    I have a Viking and have always back-stitched, and truthfully, I have never read the manual to see if it was ok or not. I will pull the book out and read up on it!!

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    My Pfaff 1473 has the built in walking foot and I have always back stitched with it on with no problems, also sew in reverse.
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    My Janome dealer says it is not a good idea to use any decorative stitches that go backwards with the accu-feed foot, so I'm assuming that also means backstitching on a regular basis. You know what they say about assuming though...lol.

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    I have a Juki also, and in reading various topics tonight I came across some saying you should not back stitch with a walking foot (which I have been doing). So, I took out the manual and it does not say you should not back stitch. I may call the shop where I bought the machine, or call or email Juki directly. I will post the anser they give me.


    Quote Originally Posted by nannyrick.com View Post
    I was wondering if you all back stitch with your walking foot?
    My Juki manual says nothing about it but my Brother machine


    says you should not.
    The reason I,m asking is I have been locking in my stitches and
    the foot, (Juki) is starting to make a groaning noise, (only way to
    describe it) and you can hear it from other rooms.
    I,m wondering if I did something wrong in doing this or not.
    I appreciate input from all you experts.
    Thanks,
    Elaine

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