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    I have not used the walking foot yet. I have been trying to research it with little luck so far. what does it do?

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    It feeds both the top and bottom fabrics through the presser foot area evenly.
    This really helps when you are quilting your quilt.
    You will find no puckers if you baste your quilt well. :D:D:D

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    Your walking foot moves the bottom layer of your quilt along with the top of your quilt so the stitching is even. No walking foot makes the back of your quilt nastyyyyyy !!

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    My machine has a built in "walking foot" and I use it for everything. It is great for piecing, sewing specialty fabrics, anything that has any kind of possible slippage or stretch. I think it is a must have like the differential feed on my serger.

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    I will put it another way, I would not quilt in the ditch, do straight line quilting or sew a binding on without a walking foot. Its that simple.

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    The walking foot feeds the top layer of fabric and at the same time your feed dogs feed the bottom layer. That way you don't get puckers. It's a wonderful help when you're piecing. Have you noticed that sometimes the top fabric ends up longer than the bottom fabric if you don't pin well? Also great for stitching in the ditch and attaching binding !

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    ok sounds like it is worth changing the foot when sewing the batting...another question. Can you I sew pieces together with the foot so that I do not have to keep changing the foot?

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    Quote Originally Posted by carolaug
    ok sounds like it is worth changing the foot when sewing the batting...another question. Can you I sew pieces together with the foot so that I do not have to keep changing the foot?
    Yes

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    well yes you can sew pieces together but i love to use my 1/4 inch foot for that. i use my walking/quilting foot for adding binding too but it's difficult to get it 1/4 inch with that.

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    mine says to sew slower with the walking foot on-so I change it out and do not use for piecing-pedal to the metal time,lol.it really takes about 30-45 seconds to change out

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    Depending on the fabric..I like to use mine for piecing too. It does have a 1/4" mark on it though, so makes it easy. I'll just put it like this...its worth every penny of whatever your brand costs to get one.

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    I was just going through my manual regarding all of the different feet in the box and of course...the walking foot is not included! Thank you all for your responses sound like it will be worth the extra money to buy it.

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    A must have for quilters!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jingleberry
    I will put it another way, I would not quilt in the ditch, do straight line quilting or sew a binding on without a walking foot. Its that simple.

    I totally agree with Jingleberry! It is a "miracle" tool for me when I am quilting. I love it and would not be able to work without one!!

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    My new machine does not have a built-in walking foot but it is not a big deal to switch it out. I "could" sew with the walking foot on, but it is a bit bulky and I have little control over meeting the 1/4" seam. So I switch it up as needed.

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    Yes, you can. I do it all the time if part of my project has thick layers to sew thru.
    Quote Originally Posted by carolaug
    ok sounds like it is worth changing the foot when sewing the batting...another question. Can you I sew pieces together with the foot so that I do not have to keep changing the foot?

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    Quote Originally Posted by carolaug
    I have not used the walking foot yet. I have been trying to research it with little luck so far. what does it do?
    Its the best thing for quilting- Get one !! its a must have in my book...

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    I just went to sears and bought the Quilting sewing set which has a walking foot, darting foot and a 1/4 seam foot. I have been searching the internet for videos and to my surprise have found none. Sears should really offer videos on how to use their sewing machines. I have also been looking for lessons with no luck. The manual is very limited. I am very surprised. Wish I paid more attention when I was sewing back in high school so many years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carolaug
    I just went to sears and bought the Quilting sewing set which has a walking foot, darting foot and a 1/4 seam foot. I have been searching the internet for videos and to my surprise have found none. Sears should really offer videos on how to use their sewing machines. I have also been looking for lessons with no luck. The manual is very limited. I am very surprised. Wish I paid more attention when I was sewing back in high school so many years ago.
    Many of the Sears sewing machines are made by Janome. Try looking for those presser feet at http://www.janome.com/index.cfm. There is all sorts of information on here.

    I hope this idea helps.

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    I change back to the 1/4" foot for piecing. The walking foot is kind of big & bulky. I do use the walking foot to attach borders

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    I am also looking for a walking foot for a Penncrest 3000. Saw somewhere that it depends on the shank lenght for the right one. Does anyone make a universal foot for older machines?(1965) Thanks for your help,Jeanne

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    I found a site that showed me how to put the walking foot on correctly, I have a Kenmore. You can view it on my website if any one else needs help with it. Thank goodness for the internet. There is nothing in my manual that shows you to put the white lever over the needle. Thank-you for all of you help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by carolaug
    I found a site that showed me how to put the walking foot on correctly, I have a Kenmore. You can view it on my website if any one else needs help with it. Thank goodness for the internet. There is nothing in my manual that shows you to put the white lever over the needle. Thank-you for all of you help!
    Could you post the link for those that might be interested?

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    I use my IDT for everything. It works well when I piece.

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