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Thread: Questions about using walking foot

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    Super Member isnthatodd's Avatar
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    I used my walking foot to bind some quilt squares and loved the way it worked. My question is: Is there a problem using it for general sewing?

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    not at all :D there are many here that do...as long as you can adjust it for a 1/4 or scant 1/4" seam :D:D:D

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    Unless I really have to use another foot, I always use my walking foot.

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    Just back sure your foot "allows" back stitching or any other stitch you might want to try before you do it, broken needles and foot are not fun :?

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    Unless I'm stitching in the ditch, I always use my walking foot for all my sewing. I more than likely would use a different foot if I was sewing on applique.

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    I use mine for a lot of jobs. Mine accommodates zig zag stitch also.

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    I use mine almost all of the time.

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    I make a point of attaching binding using my walking foot.

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    I've been wanting to ask this question for sooooo long but haven't because I've been a little embarrassed. I started using my walking foot for piecing a couple quilts back because with my regular foot my top fabric always ended up getting pushed a little at the ends. I thought the walking foot was like a crutch and that I just wasn't skilled enough to use a regular foot for piecing. Come to find out now it's a pretty common practice and I'm not alone! I feel so much better now! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rural City Girl
    Unless I'm stitching in the ditch, I always use my walking foot for all my sewing. I more than likely would use a different foot if I was sewing on applique.
    Can I ask why you don't use it for stitch-in-the-ditch?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rachelcb80
    I've been wanting to ask this question for sooooo long but haven't because I've been a little embarrassed. I started using my walking foot for piecing a couple quilts back because with my regular foot my top fabric always ended up getting pushed a little at the ends. I thought the walking foot was like a crutch and that I just wasn't skilled enough to use a regular foot for piecing. Come to find out now it's a pretty common practice and I'm not alone! I feel so much better now! :)
    I have decided that there is no reason to be embarrassed about anything here. I figure there are about 13,990 people here who know more than me and will share their knowledge for free, so I will ask about anything I need to know.

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    I have found that it really helps in alot of applications
    We are just conditioned to only use it as per directions!
    sometimes it helps to step out of the box!

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    It doesn't work too well when you try to zigzag. but other than that it works really well.

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    Wow! after reading all the answers to this, i feel so dumb! I never thought of leaving my walking foot on. I only use it to quilt! I didn't realize i could use it any time. Thanks for this info. Now i won't have to stop and take it off to keep sewing.

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    I never take mine off. I never thought to take it off. I use it for all my sewing

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    Quote Originally Posted by deedles215
    Quote Originally Posted by Rural City Girl
    Unless I'm stitching in the ditch, I always use my walking foot for all my sewing. I more than likely would use a different foot if I was sewing on applique.
    Can I ask why you don't use it for stitch-in-the-ditch?
    Good Morning. I have tried many times to use it for stitch in the ditch, but I kept missing the ditch! Probably because my skill level isn't high. I use a foot that I can butt up against one side of the ditch, and I keep it more steady. Not sure that makes a lot of sense (it's early). It has been months since I have sewn in the ditch, but I will be doing it soon as I have a baby blanket to do. I might give it another try.

    Thanks for the post...it got me to thinking about giving it another try and now it is a challenge to make it work. :)

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    I, Use mine for Binding..never thought of just leaving it on all the time..."Learn something new every day!".....

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    I have the IDT on my Pfaff and it is a built in walking foot. I use it for everything.

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    This is the reason I love my Pfaff. It has the built in IDT (walking foot) which allows me to use just about any foot with it engaged. I always use the IDT when piecing or generally sewing because the fabric feeds more evenly.

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    I've often wondered that, too. It's really a task for me to get the walking foot on, so I'd just as soon leave it on.

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    I use my walking foot for all of these reasons and also when I do patchwork where many seams come together. It just walks right over them nice and easy. I also use it to attach side borders to the quilts that I make to help the quilt keep its shape together just right. I like my borders on the straight of grain and most quilting I do is piecing and warps out a little. The walking foot helps with that wonderfully.

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    I take my walking foot off when I put on the free motion foot or a zipper foot. Other than that, it pretty much stays put!

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    Almost always on the machine. hardly ever take if off.

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    Okay, I'm confused. I just purchased my walking foot and haven't used it yet. I was told that I could only use it when I was quilting very thick pieces and never use it for regular sewing. Sounds like my advice was incorrect?

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    WHO on earth gave you that advice!!?????

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