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Thread: Walking foot or Stitch In The Ditch foot for quilting?

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    Walking foot or Stitch In The Ditch foot for quilting?

    Which do you prefer for stitch in the ditch quilting, your walking foot or your SITD foot that has the metal guide on it for perfect SITD sewing?

    I'm wondering if you spray baste your quilt sandwich together well, if you could use the SITD foot rather than the walking foot?

    Anyone have opinions?

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    I have the SITD foot but have not tried it for quilting....still use the walking foot since it's designed to be used with multiple layers so the layers don't shift. The SITD foot is really designed to sew 2 pieces of fabric together with the edges laid side by side. If others have used it for actual SITD quilting I'd be interested to hear of their experiences.
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    I use the walking foot. I do not spray baste my quilts. The glue builds up on the needle. I use Hobbs 80/20 fusible batting and pins. It works for me.

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    I mostly do FMQ with my darning foot. I don't like SID, always look sloppy to me.
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    I have the SITD foot for my Janome - it came along as part of the convertible 1/4" foot package - but I haven't had any luck with it as I think the walking foot is better at handling the sandwich.
    I have found that SITD itself is not easy, period! It works best, imvho, when I have properly pressed the joined pieces, first setting them, then pressing them inside out, then pressing them right side out - it leaves just a tiny bit of fold of fabric covering the seam and the SITD stitches are covered up. If I had to 'make it fit' to get my sizing, there is sometimes just the seam and no 'ditch' left. That looks weak. But I tell myself I will wash the quilt and it will pucker up a bit and that will soften the line. I'm only on the 8th project so I have a very humble opinion.
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    My walking foot, for a Bernina, has a stitch in the ditch that I sometimes add to my walking foot; but since I have used it for so long with the open toe, I seldom change to the stitch in the ditch. I love my walking foot!

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    I can't sew a straight line for SITD. I usually do free motional.

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    I have a STID accufeed foot for my Janome -- and I use that. I do spray baste my layers together and I never have build up on the needle. I always make sure the spray is completely dry before I start -- I either dry iron or wait a day before I start sewing.

    Before I got the Janome with the accufeed, I used the walking foot.
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    Didn't know there was a SID foot. I use my walking foot and it seems to be doing fine. BrendaK
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    I use a Stitch in the Ditch foot for my Pfaff and I love it. Makes it so easy when Stitching in the Ditch. I use pins for basting. I have used spray--but I haven't found it to really hold the layers together as well as pinning--plus the spray made a mess of residue my tile floor; so I don't think I will use it again.
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    I have only usem my SID foot for the bands when making pillow cases. I tried using the SID only once on a sandwiched quilt and it was horrible! I agree with the poster who said SID only works on two layers. When stitching on the quilt sandwich I either use my walking foot or my FMQ foot.
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    I always use my walking foot for SITD for any straight sewing. To keep the stitching straight mine has an attachment that you plug into it to align and keep the stitch straight. I have never used it.
    I also, didn't know there was a SITD attachment!

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    Wow.

    I never knew that machines came with built in walking foots that you can also use a SITD foot with too! Just one more thing to put on my wish list.

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    I use both at the same time on my Viking. They've got a walking foot with snap in feet, one of which is a stitch in the ditch foot. It's great! I do mainly FMQ, but I like to stitch in the ditch around the borders to separate the design a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yayaquilts View Post
    I use a Stitch in the Ditch foot for my Pfaff and I love it. Makes it so easy when Stitching in the Ditch. I use pins for basting. I have used spray--but I haven't found it to really hold the layers together as well as pinning--plus the spray made a mess of residue my tile floor; so I don't think I will use it again.
    Where did you get the SID foot for your Pfaff?

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    Quote Originally Posted by franc36 View Post
    My walking foot, for a Bernina, has a stitch in the ditch that I sometimes add to my walking foot; but since I have used it for so long with the open toe, I seldom change to the stitch in the ditch. I love my walking foot!
    I would love to have that for my Bernina. Where did you get yours?

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    Honestly, I would try BOTH if you have both feet. It's not going to ruin a block either way. Then see what you like better for that particular quilt. I totally understand why others are posting how they love their walking foot, but I do much better getting even stitches in the ditch using the SITD foot. I suspect it could be a mileage-may-vary-thing.

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    I purchased the SITD sole for my 440 walking foot. I fell in love with SITD after using it just once! I didn't have to work to make sure I was in the ditch the foot did it for me. When I tried SID without the sole it was not a pretty sight at all. I primarily use SITD to stabilize my quilts before I start quilting. I also have begun using 505 spray exclusively. I've yet to have a problem with the gummy needles and I would say I am rather heavy handed when I spray the edges of the quilt. I do, however, give it a day or more to fully dry before I begin quilting.

    I would say, to your question about using SITD foot without the walking foot, the walking foot moves all three layers with just the foot there may be puckering. Even with a good spraying.

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    my SITD foot has a groove...i can put the walking foot down while using it...

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    I like the walking foot myself. Sue

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    I use the SID with my Pfaff also, but, since the walking foot is built in, that is what makes this possible. I am really really good at SID because of that. ...and I need all the help I can get.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewbelle52 View Post
    Where did you get the SID foot for your Pfaff?
    I bought my SID from my local quilt store, where I bought my machine. I bet you could order one online though. Just google it.

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    I use a walking foot and 505 spray baste. I never have buildup on my needle with the 505. I've never used a SID foot but the walking foot works really well.

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    I too use a SITD foot with my Pfaff built in "walking foot". It is the perfect combination and although nothing is perfect in life, I can do pretty well with these.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewmary View Post
    I too use a SITD foot with my Pfaff built in "walking foot". It is the perfect combination and although nothing is perfect in life, I can do pretty well with these.
    So jealous of those neat built-ins!!!
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