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    I can't say enough good things about using a walking foot.
    No puckers on my borders, sewing binding on is a breeze, and they are awesome for quilting.
    I have found many other sewing uses for it too :D:D:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer22206
    I drove 45 minutes to the LQS I like to get it, they showed me how to put it on my machine and it worked for about 15 stitches there. I tried it at home, and it was on the correct way and then the arm fell off. I called the shop again, but "you took it out of the shop, not our problem"

    So I called other places to see if I had the right one, and I did, actually got the most help out of Joanns. Took the machine and the foot there, and it completely fell apart.

    The feed dogs were up, I did everything right, but it didn't work. I'll never buy another one. Total waste. I'm better off with my hands on each side of the fabric. Been doing it that way for years.
    I am so sorry you had a bad experience with your's. It sounds like you may have received a defective foot. :(

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    You need to get the one that is made for your machine by that company. You can get generic ones, but I have found that they are not of the same quality as the ones made by the sewing machine companies. This is one purchase where you shouldn't try to get the cheapest one.

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    I would not try to quilt without mine, it makes the whole process much easier, the fabric stays smooth, the back does not wrinkle and it looks much more professional. can't imagine trying to put binding on or std without it.

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    I love my walking foot!! It lets everything feed smoothly for straught lines and no puckers and folds - just perfect stitching :)

    Jennifer - Sorry to hear about your terrible experience and lack of support from the LQS. I would be very upset too. This foot really is a gem and perhaps in the future you will consider it.

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    Three little words, 'I LOVE MINE'!

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    almost a must have or at least need not a want

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    I do not have one, however, I have been considering it. I get frustrated when sewing on bindings, etc. I think it would be a good thing.

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    Definitely a "must have" for straight quilting and STD. Also great for sewing binding on and when making anything that's quilted or has layers.

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    Thanks for the input! I'm so convinced!! Small tax refund coming in soon so guess what I'm going after!! I'll take my machine down to JoAnns and get the right one. She may show me how to use it. I'm a hands on kinda of learner!

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    A walking foot is a great investment and would recommend paying a little extra for an open toed one if you can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer22206
    I hated mine. Threw it out. The thing wouldn't work for anything on my White. Called all over and then the one arm fell off. I will never use one again, there's not enough money in the world to pay me to.
    I totally agree with you, I can't stand them and gave mine away and have never taught any of my Patchwork class to use them either, they are noisy, cumbersome and blinds you to where you are sewing.

    Instead I use a Satin foot, as recommended by Nancy Johnson-Srebro, who's books I swear by.

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    I can't imagine doing much without one. I forgot to put mine one once and what a mistake!! I had to rip out a lot of sewing!!

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    I have one and after all the positive comments, I'm going to give my walking foot a try. Thanks for asking and THANKS to this board for all you comments. LOVE IT!

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    A MUST TO HAVE if you are planning to join your topquilt with the batting and backing. So much easier and it does not PUSH your material and make clumps...

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    I'm sorry the walking foot didn't work for you,Jennifer. I would never think of quilting without a walking foot. I did without it for years, but now that I have one I would never go back to quilting without it.

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    i have been using one for some time now, & really love it. try it, you won't be disappointed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Momma_K
    Oh Wow!Hate to hear that Jennifer! I don't have one and want to get one. I wouldn't know where to start to get one. I have the Brother Project Runway series only it's like that kind, not the Runway Series it'self, but it's just like it. Make sense? I've been wondering if I could get one for my machine and how much they cost. Anyone know? I just found out I'm going to be a great Aunt 3 times over! So, I'll be doing blankets for a while outside of making one for my Gr8t GD! I'm so blessed!
    You can get one at Keepsake Quilting for only $11.95. That's where I got mine. You will need a low shank size for the Brother.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer22206
    I hated mine. Threw it out. The thing wouldn't work for anything on my White. Called all over and then the one arm fell off. I will never use one again, there's not enough money in the world to pay me to.
    I'm sorry you had such a bad experience with the walking foot. I use mine all the time. Truth be told, I don't ever take it off except to put the FM foot on. I have a generic and a Janome that is specifically for my maching. Strangely enough, I like the generic one best. The foot is open and I can see what I'm doing. I don't have to change feet to do decorative stitching on the quilt. I wish you could use one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewn3w
    I also have a walking foot I am having trouble with. It is difficult to attach. It is the correct foot, I took my machine in to the shop for a cleaning and we put the foot on there. The sales staff is very knowlegable and helpful. But after I got home realized there are no instructions to help me learn how to use it. No helpful hints, nothing. Augh!!!!
    You shouldln't need any helpful hints. Just put it on correctly and sew :roll: :lol:

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    I think a walking foot a must. When sewing designer clothing it helps making plaids, stripes join the top and bottom of fabric move together and tend not to shift.

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    I use mine a lot, even when making handbags.

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    Besides quilting (couldn't do without it!) it also works great for fleece projects or for matching plaids. It keeps everything moving at once!

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    I paid $125 for one for my Viking and my new Singer came with one. I cannot believe the difference it has made in my
    piecing and quilting. I had bought a cheap one for my cheap
    Brother and I think the key word was "cheap" it didn't work but then the "Brother" is nothing to write home about either.

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    You so want a walking foot! Where possible purchase the one that "goes" with your machine. It is amazing the difference between the manufacturer's walking foot and a generic one. Just how it lines up with the machine's feed dogs makes a big difference. I had to replace my Bernina Walking Foot after 12 years of use. Couldn't imagine that I could have worn it out, but I did, 1400 Charity Quilts later!

    Some versions may be difficult to attach. Try removing your Needle Screw (this also removes the Needle). Place the claw arm over the area where the Needle Screw goes, replace the Needle Screw and your Needle and tighten in place. See if that works.

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