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Walking Foot/Even-Feed Foot Struggle

Old 09-04-2021, 09:03 AM
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Default Walking Foot/Even-Feed Foot Struggle

Anyone else have a difficult time with their walking foot?

I'm using a Juki TL 2000 with the manufacturer's even feed foot and I just hate it. (My old Singer worked perfectly with its walking foot.) I have tried adjusting the foot tension high and low and still can't get it to feed evenly. I have pulled full lengths of quilting (60+ inches) after the bunching made my project ridiculous. For some reason, this Juki set up is just the pits. My quilting is 20x better with just the 1/4 "skis" and going slow.

Hoping for commemorating misery, but any suggestions are also welcome. Thanks!
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Old 09-04-2021, 09:21 AM
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I have a Juki TI-2010Q, and I'm not crazy about the walking foot. I also feel that the walking foot on my old Singer did a much better job.

I belong to a few Juki FB groups, and the subject of the TL series walking foot comes up frequently. I'm pretty sure that there are some "lemons" out there. Some quilters have succeeded in getting their walking foot replaced.

I don't know if you bought your machine locally and whether you can approach your dealer with this problem.

Keep us posted.
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Old 09-04-2021, 09:29 AM
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I'm glad to hear others with the Juki have this problem. I'll look into replacing the foot. I have some straight line quilts coming up and I sure would love to pump them out full throttle!
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Old 09-04-2021, 10:24 AM
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Some people have had good luck opening up the Juki walking foot and oiling all the friction points. Apparently a lot of problems are fixed with proper lubrication.

Originally Posted by tlynnc View Post
I have some straight line quilts coming up and I sure would love to pump them out full throttle!
Just remember, it's a walking foot, not a running foot! My walking foot does an awful job if I floor it; going slower gives much better results. This is probably not the problem in your case - those Juki walking feet are notoriously crummy. It's something to keep in mind, though, especially since "full throttle" on your Juki is a lot faster than on your old machine.
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Old 09-04-2021, 11:36 AM
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I have never had any luck with my walking foot and my Juki machine. I finally gave up and do my best to control my stitching as I go. I hope you have better luck with all the advice given here. Makes me want to go back and try again.
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Old 09-04-2021, 11:44 AM
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After looking into it more, it would appear the Juki walking foot is just a piece a crap that nobody likes. Even Juki recalled it and the "improved" one is still lacking in functional performance.

Solution: Janome walking foot. Though 2x the price, it is a heavy duty high shank attachment that appears to be better in both function and speed.

Maybe that means I can "full throttle" it... with the right attachment ;-)

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Old 09-04-2021, 02:28 PM
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I had tons of trouble with the walking foot for my Juki straight stitch. I discovered the screw that holds the pressure feet on was the wrong one for the walking foot. I had to change to a smaller head screw. It works great now. The large head screw was not letting the walking foot 'walk' like it should.
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Old 09-04-2021, 03:26 PM
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I have a Juki TL98 and my walking foot for it works great. The manual says to go slower than with the FMQ foot so it can move the layers together. Could be my machine works better and differently than the afore mentioned machines. Mine is a straight stitch only.
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Old 09-04-2021, 07:41 PM
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Wow! I thought it was just me. I tried to quilt one quilt on my 2200 QVP Mini (same as the TL 2010) and ended up taking it all out and doing FMQ on it. I did do a wall quilt at Christmas with the walking foot successfully, but that one didn't have any long straight runs. I had problems with the fabric bunching when stitching from top to bottom on the quilt. I might have to look into a new walking foot.
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Old 09-05-2021, 02:17 AM
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Thank you for posting this. I bought the same machine and struggled for a week to get it to quilt with the walking foot that came with it. No luck. I kept thinking it was me. I finally took it back and bought an Elna instead. It isn't great at FMQ, but I am much happier. Less stress!
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