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Thread: walking foot & J - foot?

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    Super Member Debbie B's Avatar
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    I have a Brother XR 9000 sewing machine. I want to try QAYG and to use the stippling stitch on this sewing machine. The book that came with the machine says to use the J - foot. But I was wondering if I could use the walking foot instead to help with the thickness of the quilt sandwich? Does anyone know if this is OK to do? I don't want to break a needle or mess up my machine.

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    When I do stippling, I use a darning foot. The walking foot would not allow you to move the fabric under the needle and get the stippling patterns going.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LoisN
    When I do stippling, I use a darning foot. The walking foot would not allow you to move the fabric under the needle and get the stippling patterns going.
    I have a free motion quilting foot. Is that the same as a darning foot? And do I lower the feed dogs or keep them up?

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    Yes a darning foot and FMQ foot are the same :D:D:D

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    most people put the dogs down to do their freemotion quilting.

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    I am just learning to do this to, I also have a brother machine, I think you can use your walking foot if you do straight lines eg. stitch in the ditch. I am about to find out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gal
    I am just learning to do this to, I also have a brother machine, I think you can use your walking foot if you do straight lines eg. stitch in the ditch. I am about to find out!

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    Hi Gal, On my brother there are built in stitches and there is one called stippling. The book says it's for quilting. I have figured out that I should use the darning/free motion foot, but I did try the built in stippling stitch (it's # 49 on my machine) with the j foot on a scrap piece of material. The design is so small that I cannot see how it would be for quilting. I'm new to quilting & I've only had this machine since the beginning of March. Thanks for your info.

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    I have the XR9000, and have wondered the same thing.

    When I stippled with that it was wayyyy miniscule. I thought I could use it for filler on some small blocks, but, boy, it would take lots of time.

    Let me know...

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    When I FMQ I use my darning foot. To do straight lines I use my walking foot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplemem
    I have the XR9000, and have wondered the same thing.

    When I stippled with that it was wayyyy miniscule. I thought I could use it for filler on some small blocks, but, boy, it would take lots of time.

    Let me know...
    It was just too small for what I wanted to do. So, I put my fmq foot on and did the wandering stipple thing that I always do. I've been trying to learn the fmq with this machine. And was really stupid to try to do a queen sized quilt with my first try...don't know what I was thinking...ha. Anyway, I pieced & quilted my first block for my first try at quilt as you go. It was much easier than the queen size. I wish that this machine had a large throat to roll up the sides of the quilt when I quilt them. But, maybe some day I'll be able to get a mid-arm machine. I can always dream! When you did the #49 stipple stitch, did you use the j foot or the darning foot? And did you leave the dog feed up or down? I think it would be good to use as a filler in some small area.

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    feet up, j foot, very small stipple.

    When i used the darning foot with feet down I just slid around and it looked a mess. I use the walking foot on thick seams,SITD. I use the 1/4 foot for most of my quilting so I can outline inside the blocks, on both sides of the seams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplemem
    feet up, j foot, very small stipple.

    When i used the darning foot with feet down I just slid around and it looked a mess. I use the walking foot on thick seams,SITD. I use the 1/4 foot for most of my quilting so I can outline inside the blocks, on both sides of the seams.
    It does take practice to do the darning foot with the feed down. My first try went something like this: stitches way too long, stitches just right and then stitches way too short. It was really frustrating. With this QAYG block it was so much easier to move it. I went fairly slow, but I was pleased with the stitches on both the front & the back side. I've just started, but when I get this quilt finished, I'll post a picture.

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    I have a Brother embroidery machine with the stipple stitch and I was wondering the same thing - that stitch is so small no matter what you do. So, I emailed Brother and asked how to use it. Here is the reply I got:

    You can use the following steps to do a stippling stitch.

    1) Please set the pattern stitch selection to 62. (or whatever the number is on your machine)

    2) You can change the width setting between 0 to 7. This will change
    the needle position.

    3) You can set the stitch length between 1 to 4. This is depending on
    how long you would like the stitches to be.

    4) You will lower the feed dogs by pressing the feed dog switch to the
    left. This will allow you to sew in a fast pace and move the fabric
    slowly to do the desired stippling stitch.

    5) You will use the original zigzag presser foot.

    This is how you would do a stippling stitch.

    If you have any further questions or concerns please let us know.

    I haven't tried it again since I got this reply but it doesn't seem much different than what I was trying. Right now the machine is in the shop. Maybe I will try again with this stitch when it comes back!

    If anyone figures it out, I sure would like to know.

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    I emailed Brother this afternoon and was told I would get a reply in one business day. That's when I decided to ask the board. Thanks for letting me know. I'll have to try this out.

    Quote Originally Posted by oatw13
    I have a Brother embroidery machine with the stipple stitch and I was wondering the same thing - that stitch is so small no matter what you do. So, I emailed Brother and asked how to use it. Here is the reply I got:

    You can use the following steps to do a stippling stitch.

    1) Please set the pattern stitch selection to 62. (or whatever the number is on your machine)

    2) You can change the width setting between 0 to 7. This will change
    the needle position.

    3) You can set the stitch length between 1 to 4. This is depending on
    how long you would like the stitches to be.

    4) You will lower the feed dogs by pressing the feed dog switch to the
    left. This will allow you to sew in a fast pace and move the fabric
    slowly to do the desired stippling stitch.

    5) You will use the original zigzag presser foot.

    This is how you would do a stippling stitch.

    If you have any further questions or concerns please let us know.

    I haven't tried it again since I got this reply but it doesn't seem much different than what I was trying. Right now the machine is in the shop. Maybe I will try again with this stitch when it comes back!

    If anyone figures it out, I sure would like to know.

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    wow, love this topic, thanks all

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    I used the J foot with feed dogs up and it was OK on my sample piece and as you say for back ground areas and filling in, I do not think I would use it for quilting all over a large area though. Looks like it might be for wall hangings or table runners, embroidery etc. At this point in time I can imagine it for use with a quilt as you go hexagon pattern which I have, it could look quite effective on that. I am only just learning to quilt in the ditch so FMQ is way over the horizon for me yet!!!

    Gal

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    This is the response that I received from Brother:

    Thank you for taking the time to write to us.

    To be able to successfully stitch the #49 stippling stitch, you will
    need to use the Zigzag "J" foot.

    Using any other foot may cause the needle to break or cause damage to
    the machine.

    If you have any further questions or concerns, please let us know. You
    can email us back or speak with our Sewing Operational Support Customer
    Service Representatives for any assistance by calling 1-877-BROTHER
    (276-8437), Monday through Friday between 8am to 5pm CST.

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    I have a DC3018 Janome, I set the needle at 6.5 for 1/4 inch and then use the walking foot to sew. My material will not slip then. Works great! And yes this is a great topic....learning new things all the time is GREAT!

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