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    Walking Foot Quandry Genuine or....

    I know there are previous threads about generic walking feet but generally people have posted with mixed results....most the of replies did not mention which machine they were referring to.

    I purchased my machine 18 years ago, she's a beauty....Husqvarna Viking 1+, top of the line computerized machine for that time. At that time I purchased the Viking walking foot and it works as it is supposed to. 18 years ago the walking foot did not have the guide bars nor the holes for the guide bars. Now I want a the foot to have guide bars. The new Viking interchangeable foot does not work on the 1+.

    My local dealer says the one to fit my machine, a genuine Husqvarna foot... the guide bars do not stay in place. Of course they want to up sell me to a new machine that lo and behold does not even need a walking foot it is so grand..... and dump this perfectly fine machine or use it as a back-up. I'm emotionally~financially attached to my 1+.

    My main purpose for wanting guide bars is for cross hatch stitching.

    So my number one question is has anyone ever used a generic walking foot on your Husqvarna Viking machine and how did it work for you?

    How do you cross hatch stitch successfully without guide bars? I'm not talking bed sized quilts just wall hangings and lap sized.


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    Maybe you could mark the cross hatch lines with a marking pen or pencil and then you would not need the guide bars. Good luck with your decision.
    Lorraine

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    I have used painters tape
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    When I cross hatch, I just eyeball it. Or you could mark it on your project with a ruler and then just follow the lines.
    Heather

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    Im with you, I prefer the walking foot with guide bars!! No muss no fuss, just sew. Before I would draw lines on my quilt, I would try a generic walking foot.

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    I have a Viking walking foot with the guidebar. I have a limited liking for them. My issue is that they do not "lock " into place. I find that just moving the quilt sometimes from under the foot will move the bar. This can be frustrating when I want accuarcy. Its just my opinion but the quilting bar is not all that it is cracked up to be.
    The blue painters tape allows me to have the desired spacing, plus I can be more creative with angles in the grid. another plus for painters tape is I can see the quilting pattern ahead of time, and make adjustments.
    On the other hand Viking does have a walking foot that has actual feet that change out , so you can have a Walking foot with stitch in the ditch foot. That is worth the $$$.

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    Is a Designer 1+ different from a Designer 1? I have the D1 and I bought the interchangeable walking foot 6 months ago and it works fine. I love the guides. I'd check again with about whether it will fit. My machine is also 18 years old so I'm really confused about the difference in machines.

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    I have used masking tape or painter's tape to quilt along. My Bernina has the bar that has a little screw to lock it in place but I haven't used it yet. I think if you can find a walking foot with the guide bar I would find a way to make it work versus a new machine. I would find a piece of plastic tubing (plumbing or pump tube) that would just barely slide onto the bar. I would measure a piece to slip onto the bar before putting it in the hole and then measure another piece to put on the bar after the hole. I would move the pieces in tight to the foot to keep it in place. You could also go around the bar with painter's tape to hold it in place but it would have to be removed later and the bar cleaned?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S View Post
    I have a Viking walking foot with the guidebar. I have a limited liking for them. My issue is that they do not "lock " into place. I find that just moving the quilt sometimes from under the foot will move the bar. This can be frustrating when I want accuarcy. Its just my opinion but the quilting bar is not all that it is cracked up to be.
    The blue painters tape allows me to have the desired spacing, plus I can be more creative with angles in the grid. another plus for painters tape is I can see the quilting pattern ahead of time, and make adjustments.
    On the other hand Viking does have a walking foot that has actual feet that change out , so you can have a Walking foot with stitch in the ditch foot. That is worth the $$$.
    Hi Lori ~
    I wish the newer foot w/interchangeable foot would work on my model of machine but alas it only works on slightly newer machines than mine. I would foot the cost of the new walking foot in a NY second if it would work!

    HOWEVER....your reply is exactly what I was hoping to have feedback on. The fact that you verify that the guidebar does not lock into place would indeed be frustrating and that you have found the painters tape to be more accurate!

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    I'm not sure about the Designer 1+? I almost certain that the Designer came out after the 1+ and the fact that the interchangeable walking foot works on your machine verifies that to me. Mine is a computerized/embroidery machine but does not have the ports for connecting a computer to it. An attribute that came on newer models.

    The 1+ came out in the Fall of 1994 and I was still working ~ had no clue how to sew/quilt. I convinced DH that we would be retiring and I 'needed' the best machine available while we still had disposable incomes. I do not regret buying this machine, it still amazes me what it can do, the fact that it is all metal construction and was still made in Sweden at that time. I guess the only achilles heel to this machine is as with all computerized machines the darn "Motherboard".

    Thank-you EVERYONE for your input I'm feeling much better as I have to straight line a wall hanging border .... with curves around military patches on three of those corners which I think I can mark with disappearing ink to follow those lines.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    I have used masking tape or painter's tape to quilt along. My Bernina has the bar that has a little screw to lock it in place but I haven't used it yet. I think if you can find a walking foot with the guide bar I would find a way to make it work versus a new machine. I would find a piece of plastic tubing (plumbing or pump tube) that would just barely slide onto the bar. I would measure a piece to slip onto the bar before putting it in the hole and then measure another piece to put on the bar after the hole. I would move the pieces in tight to the foot to keep it in place. You could also go around the bar with painter's tape to hold it in place but it would have to be removed later and the bar cleaned?
    Thank-you for your kind reply....A new machine is totally out of the question! Even if a dealer offered payments from now until forever on a fixed income that is not desireable much less doable. I'm thinking that with the input so far that the painters tape is the way I'm going to 'learn' to use.
    Smiles from Idaho,
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    I checked on the Viking website and it appears that there was a difference between the 1+ and D1. I do remember that Viking did change the size of the attachment bar on their machines for a short time. The interchangeable foot shows it does not fit your machine. I'd contact Viking and see what foot will fit your machine before I'd buy a generic one, as many people have said those are sometimes a problem. Good Luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by onaemtnest View Post
    The fact that you verify that the guidebar does not lock into place would indeed be frustrating

    Someone in a previous post had the same problem with the guide bar and she ended up using a pinmoor on the end and said it worked like a charm.
    Bernie

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    I have the 1+ and have generic walking foot and doing ok with it. It has the place for the cross hatch quide seems to hold well. I just check it every so often to make sure it is tight.
    Earleen The best helping hand is at the end of your arm.

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    Hi, the dealer is right about the guide bars not staying put. I have them on two walking feet and the same issue with them both. One if the Viking #1 and the other is a Janome. I have the new walking foot for my Ruby but haven't used it yet. I was taught to do the cross hatching by marking the lines and then I just sewed on the lines. I use a sliver of soap on dark fabric or you could use a marking pen. I've also heard of people using the painters blue tape. You are right about the #1 being an awesome machine. It is said to be the best machine ever built. I'm getting ready to sell mine only due to space and money issues and since I have the Ruby but I wish I could keep it. Good luck with you cross hatching. One of the methods I mentioned should work. By the way, I started in the center and worked my way out to the edge and then did the opposite side and then started in the other direction. I used my walking foot without the bars because it kept the fabric from puckering the way using a regular foot would do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sally J View Post
    Is a Designer 1+ different from a Designer 1? I have the D1 and I bought the interchangeable walking foot 6 months ago and it works fine. I love the guides. I'd check again with about whether it will fit. My machine is also 18 years old so I'm really confused about the difference in machines.
    She doesn't have the Designer 1 she has the Viking #1; it was made years ago and considered one of the best machines Viking ever produced. The #1 can't use the new foot. Most people who end up buying a later model keep their #1 because they are so good. I love the documentation that came with mine. I have large binders full of tutorials on how to do things and with my new Viking Ruby I have a small manual about the size of a magazine. It just goes to show how times have changed things; not always for the best.
    Judy

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    Quote Originally Posted by romanojg View Post
    Hi, the dealer is right about the guide bars not staying put. I have them on two walking feet and the same issue with them both. One if the Viking #1 and the other is a Janome. I have the new walking foot for my Ruby but haven't used it yet. I was taught to do the cross hatching by marking the lines and then I just sewed on the lines. I use a sliver of soap on dark fabric or you could use a marking pen. I've also heard of people using the painters blue tape. You are right about the #1 being an awesome machine. It is said to be the best machine ever built. I'm getting ready to sell mine only due to space and money issues and since I have the Ruby but I wish I could keep it. Good luck with you cross hatching. One of the methods I mentioned should work. By the way, I started in the center and worked my way out to the edge and then did the opposite side and then started in the other direction. I used my walking foot without the bars because it kept the fabric from puckering the way using a regular foot would do.
    Hi Judy,
    You saved me $89 in trying a genuine foot that would not work as it was designed to do, thank-you! Since I already have the walking foot that I purchased near the same time I bought the machine I guess, all indications are I should just stick with it.
    Smiles from Idaho,
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    I use painters tape all the time when cross hatching. It comes in different widths and works fine!

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    I just use masking tape as a guide. No marks to remove later and you get a nice even grid.

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    I have Janome machines and they do have the guide bar with their walking foot. (not the Horizon because that walking foot is built in) It stays in place rather well, but I'm a skeptic by nature, so I get out my duct tape. I tear a thin strip and wrap it around the bar on both sides of where it sits in the walking foot. Then it doesn't move at all.
    Being the ever-loving fan of duct tape, If my machine didn't have a guide bar, I'd probably find a way to tape one on
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