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    walking foot issuses

    I never have much luck using a walking foot. I was sewing down binding using my serpentine stitch. It was great on two sides. Stopped for lunch. Went back sewing did about 4 inches went it started making a funny noise, stopped sewing. There were nests of top thread on the bottom of my sewing. Cleaned my machine, seemed worse, no tension. Changed bobbin, the same, changed thread (twice),changed needle, no luck. Finally took off the walking foot replaced it with a reg. zigzag foot. Now sews fine. Any ideas, I'm using a Juki Exceed 600 & the walking foot supplied with it. The zigzag foot might belong to my Brother machine.
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    A walking foot is used when stitching straight lines -- don't think it liked the curves.

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    Well duh to me.

    Thank you for letting me know this, it really explains so much too me. I just never knew that. The only time I've ever tried using a walking foot is when I use a fancy stitch to sew down binding.
    Quote Originally Posted by Nammie to 7 View Post
    A walking foot is used when stitching straight lines -- don't think it liked the curves.
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    Gosh, I didn't know that either.

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    As mentioned above, a walking foot is for straight stitching. I found that the walking foot for my Bernina works best. Not all feet are interchangeable.
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    Not true, I use my walking foot for zigzag stitching all the time. You can't use it if the stitch involves complicated forward/backward motion, but a serpentine stitch is forward motion. Check and see if you can do any sewing at all with your walking foot. Sometimes they break.

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    Yes, you can use a walking foot for doing fancy stitches. I really like using the serpentine stitch for quick quilting projects. It doesn't do as well with the forward/backward stitches, but you can adjust the stitch balance -- if you have that on your machine.
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    I just used my walking foot to do the serpentine stitch on placemats with no previous problems, however, yesterday I was in a hurry doing a different stitch and found out the hard way that the walking foot is called a walking foot for a reason you can't go at full speed without issues. I broke 2 needles, needless to say I slowed it down a tad and was able to finish my projects without any further incidents. I never even thought about using my walking foot for fancy stitches until I took a Craftsy class (the instructor Jacquie can't remember her last name, sorry) does a lot of her quilting straight line but also using the serpentine stitch as well her quilts are awesome.
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    Thanks, my speed might be the issue cause when I used a reg. foot it was fine. Won't be sewing till after xmas. Too much entertaining cutting into my sewing time (grin).
    Quote Originally Posted by Ariannaquilts View Post
    I just used my walking foot to do the serpentine stitch on placemats with no previous problems, however, yesterday I was in a hurry doing a different stitch and found out the hard way that the walking foot is called a walking foot for a reason you can't go at full speed without issues. I broke 2 needles, needless to say I slowed it down a tad and was able to finish my projects without any further incidents. I never even thought about using my walking foot for fancy stitches until I took a Craftsy class (the instructor Jacquie can't remember her last name, sorry) does a lot of her quilting straight line but also using the serpentine stitch as well her quilts are awesome.
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    I can't even do a zig zag with my walking foot

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    Not all walking feet are created equal. I have two Bernina machines, each with a walking foot. The older machine and walking foot does a wonderful job on straight line work but has some issues with the serpentine stitch. The newer machine and walking foot are different. The walking foot comes with 3 sole plates and each sole plate has a specific use. It does the serpentine stitch and other decorative stitches (forward moving stitches) beautifully. So, my choice of which to use depends on the outcome I am looking for. And, as mentioned before, speed is not a friend when using the walking foot.

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    Jacque Gering is the queen of the walking foot in my opinion. Great class on Craftsy

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    I use my walking foot for straight stitching only.

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    I use walking foot for many different stitches like the serpentine stitch with no problem,but no idea what is going wrong with yours.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nammie to 7 View Post
    A walking foot is used when stitching straight lines -- don't think it liked the curves.
    Jacquie Gehring (sp?) has two classes in Craftsy and she does a lot of gentle curves with her walking foot. I think the key is to go slow. Now speed wouldn't cause the kind of problems the OP reported. I use mine to sew fancy stitches too and the ONLY thing mine will not do is sew any stitch that requires backward motion. Everything else works fine. I wonder if the thread jumped track or something else went haywire.

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