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    I don't know what the walking foot is for.

    Can you explain it to me? What do I do with it?

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    You use it when you have layers of fabric to move them at the same time. Very useful for machine quilting :thumbup:

    I am sure others will also answer with more details , but this is my understanding of it :wink: LOL

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    You know how your feed dogs have little teeth? These feed the bottom piece of fabric through the sewing machine. The walking foot does the same thing with the top piece of fabric so that your top and bottom fabrics on your quilt sandwich go through at the same rate and does not create puckers.

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    It's for helping many layers of fabric move evenly as you are sewing.

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    It has a little foot like the feed dog and a lever that rests on the presser foot bar. It helps move the top layer of fabric and keep the layers moving evenly.

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    Where have you been? I've been missing you. Was hoping your health is good.
    Those with more experience will explain it better than I can but I will say:
    You put the walking foot on the machine when you have your quilt sandwich ready to quilt. Check your user manual to see what stitches you can use when you have the walking foot on. YOU CAN NOT REVERSE on most machines. You have that brand new fancy machine so I don't know about that but I would say no reverse.
    The walking foot keeps the top fabric moving at the same speed that the feed dogs are pulling the backing.
    Without the walking foot the top will pull harder than the feed dogs and you get wrinkles and puckers.
    How'd I do? I stole the information from another post I read today. I am going out now to look for the link and will edit.
    This is a good one but not the one I had in mind. http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-40867-1.htm
    I found it! Read LoriS response in this post. It explains it perfectly. http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-48833-1.htm#1145506
    Good luck.

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    Hi dsb,

    Thank you... it's nice to be missed - LOL LOL.... Starting to feel a little better and even managed a bit of sewing the day before yesterday. It's very frustrating as I am so close to finishing my quilt top (she has been a hard slog) and I would love to have the energy to finish her.... just not quite there yet... but I have been lurking... just not for long as I am still getting tired by 10 pm ish!

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    10 pm is time for everyone to be tired and ready for sleep. !!

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    I use mine for all piecing. It is my foot that is on the machine about 90% of the time. I only take it off if I need a specality foot. My piecing is better now because both the top and bottom layer of fabric move at the same time through the machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharon b
    You use it when you have layers of fabric to move them at the same time. Very useful for machine quilting :thumbup:

    I am sure others will also answer with more details , but this is my understanding of it :wink: LOL
    works for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pam
    I use mine for all piecing. It is my foot that is on the machine about 90% of the time. I only take it off if I need a specality foot. My piecing is better now because both the top and bottom layer of fabric move at the same time through the machine.
    Pam, tell us more. I hadn't thought about doing this. We can't back tack (reverse stitch) with a walking foot. Right? Doing the back tack when piecing is an automatic habit to me. You don't back tack when you piece? Coach us on this please. It is intriguing to me.
    Regards, Dorothy

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    You can back up all day long with a walking foot! Even if you decide you do not want to use it for piecing, it is a MUST for the long seams such as strip piecing, adding borders and the binding.

    Have you ever sewn 2 pieces of fabric together that are the same length and then when you get done, the top piece is 2" longer than the bottom? How in the world did that happen, right?

    The way the walking foot is designed is to pull the top layer of fabric at the same rate the lower piece of fabric is being pulled by the feed dogs. Another name for a walking foot is an even feed foot. In theory all layers go through together.

    I do not backtack while piecing unless it is a Y seam, or something that is set in. This is my personal choice and it is NOT wrong to back tack all of the time. It just is not necessary if another line of stitching is going to cross the edge.

    I often open seans, turn them in opposite directions where I pull out a stitch or 2. Also I do ALOT of reverse sewing and it is easier if I do not have to deal with reverse stitches.

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    Hope you are feeling better so you can get back to your sewing room

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    I'm with Pam.

    At first I didn't use my walking foot, thinking it was a very strange object. A sewing teacher told me to give it a try. I finally did, and now I rarely take it off. I take it off for stitch in the ditch, and when I use my BSR. And then of course, if I have to use a specialty foot. But my sewing improved a whole lot when I started using my walking foot.

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