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Thread: Walking foot ?

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    Hey everyone, how important is it to have a walking foot? I will need to order one for my machine. Will I also want a 1/4 inch seam foot? I would rather pay postage only once.

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    If you plan on doing any of your own quilting you really should have a walking foot. I use mine anytime I quilt, other than fmq.

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    yes -- to both! I use both of those feet alot!

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    I would say the walking foot is essential. It makes putting on binding easier and if you want to match stripes. I like mine for straight line quilting.

    I suppose you could get along without the 1/4 inch foot but then you'll have to be very careful about your piecing. I would get both if you can. I think you would find that it is just easier with the 1/4 foot.

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    I would say get both. I use them both and love my 1/4" foot. I can't sew a very good 1/4" seam without it.

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    If you can afford both - get them both. I use my 1/4 foot for piecing (you should search on here about scant 1/4 inch seams - I changed my stitching to what I learned and WOW what a difference). Anyway - the walking foot is a great item too. I use it for other things, like seaming denim etc.

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    I use a 1/4" foot all of the time, but I don't use a walking foot.

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    I love my 1/4" foot! I wasn't sure I'd use it but I do all the time.

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    I use my 1/4" foot all the time. If you are going to do quilting you will need the walking foot. I agree with those that have said if you can afford both, get both.

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    I use both of them all the time. Essential tools in my opinion.

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    I am really quite new to this and am very happy to have both!

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    you will need both of them. I use them all of the time - can't quilt without them...

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    Can't live without mine!!!! Either one of them!

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    I had never used one before and I saw a Fons and Porter show and they sang it's praises. I bought one about 3 months ago and I will not piece without one ever again! I was amazed at how nicely my fabrics and seams line up now!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by auntpiggylpn
    I had never used one before and I saw a Fons and Porter show and they sang it's praises. I bought one about 3 months ago and I will not piece without one ever again! I was amazed at how nicely my fabrics and seams line up now!!
    Love the quote.

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    I hate my walking foot. It broke apart and caused a lot of damage to my machine. I will never use it again.

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    My Bernina walking foot has 1/4" markings. I don't know if other brands' walking feet do. For precise piecing or strips 6" or longer, I either use a machine with built-in dual feed (a Pfaff, my Baby Lock Quest Plus, or my 820) or I use a Bernina with walking foot. It pops on and off, no screws, works beautifully.

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    Yes both!! Love my 1/4" foot.

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    I like my walking feet on the machines I have. I don't free motion so the walking comes in handy. As for the 1/4 foot, love it! I have found my seams are straighter and more accurate with it.

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    Love my walking foot, I use it to put on my bindings. Get both!

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    I have a 1/4" foot also, but it's just a hassle taking my walking foot off; so I have figured out where the 1/4" is on the walking foot, now I use it for EVERYthing.
    Why can't they just make the regularly feet with "teeth" on the bottom so they can grab the materials too? (I'm too simple-minded :))
    Thuan

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    I got the 1/4 inch foot with my Bernina, and bought the walking foot, and don't know how I survived without both of them. You will never be sorry about either purchase. I can't afford LAQ, so the walking foot was a good investment, since I do all my own quilting, mostly SID or just outside the seam line, is that called shadow quilting? Anyway, go for it,

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    They are really good for table runners, pot holders, SITD quilting, cross hatching, making bags. very handy, couldn't live without mine

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    Must have's...yes

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    A 1/4" foot is on my machines as the everyday foot.
    I don't machine quilt often, but when I do I always use the walking foot. Didn't once and the results were not good.

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