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Thread: "Walking" Foot v. "Quilting" foot?

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    "Walking" Foot v. "Quilting" foot?

    I think I just confused myself. I recently bought an accessories kit for my machine that has a white-box walking foot, and a little stick-like (ring-on-the-bottom) embroidery foot. Are these BOTH for quilting?

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    The walking foot is for straight line quilting and your other foot that you describe sounds like it is for free motion quilting when you put the feed dogs down.

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    Yes, agree with Janie. You can also use your walking foot for putting on binding.

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    Yes, the one with the spring is referred by different names depending on the machine. It might be called Free motion quilting foot, darning foot, hopping foot etc.

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    Both are for quilting- the walking foot is for machine guided quilting, little ring foot is for free motion quilting.

    Both have many uses other than quilting though- I use the walking foot when I sew slippery fabrics like charmeuse for garment sewing and for putting on my binding. The ring foot can be used for free motion embroidery or for darning (I use mine to repair jeans)

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    you could use more information on your accessory kit and what it includes. the white box like walking foot can also be known as a quilting foot. and yes, you can use it to put bindings on with too. I do. the stick like thing does sound like a darning foot which can be used for free motion quilting. not embroidery I don't think... but you need more info. Go back to where you bought it or look in or find a manual for your machine. Good luck. Sounds like you will start having fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nativetexan View Post
    not embroidery I don't think...
    Free motion embroidery is done with the same foot as free motion quilting. It is pretty much the same thing as thread painting. I don't know too many people who actually do it though.

    http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/project...idery_applique

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    This is the kit, and there were no instructions other than what is noted here on this description (small paper insert in the kit). I was going round and around in the Sears parts website for compatible feet (Limited parts list in my machine manual), and finally came across this. The only piece that I think I CAN'T use in the kit is that one in the upper right corner...there's nothing to attach to the shank. According to one review that I read here (after receiving it), I need an additional part to fit this to my (circa 1986) machine.
    http://www.kenmore.com/kenmore-quilt...p-02006701000P
    Last edited by Teeler; 04-01-2013 at 08:04 AM.

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    ​The FMQ foot can be used for embroidery. I watched Libby Lihman(sp) from The Quilt Show use it on her "Name that Stitch" sequence on using the zig zag stitch to embroider monograms. I tried it and posted my example on QB and it works quite well. I want to try the FMQ foot and the zig zag stitch for some thread painting next.

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    Teeler- when I had my Kenmore that is the same set I had. If your machine uses snap on feet, then the one in the upper right corner should fit on it too. But if it is only for screw on feet, then no, you're out of luck. I only ever used the walking foot and the free motion foot though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skittl1321 View Post
    Teeler- when I had my Kenmore that is the same set I had. If your machine uses snap on feet, then the one in the upper right corner should fit on it too. But if it is only for screw on feet, then no, you're out of luck. I only ever used the walking foot and the free motion foot though.
    But you can get an adaptor for your shank that will ''clip'' onto the quarter inch foot, and you will really love piecing with it.

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    I love it when members here say that some "thing" will make you "love" piecing/binding/basting...with said gadget...it's so ENCOURAGING, and makes me want to run out and get said "thing!" I can feel your excitement, and I want to have that, too! I can already envision myself going "ooooo!!! Ahhhhh! How did I ever get along without this!"
    Thanks, mermaid!

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    Walking foot v. Quilting foot: Janie's correct. My sewing machine dealer (I have a Janome 525S) told me I don't need a walking foot. Well, maybe this machine is different, but I got all kinds of puckers on the backing of my quilt when I quilted it on my old Singer until I got a walking foot. What a great invention! It has its own feed dogs so that it moves the top of the quilt along at the exact same speed that your sewing machine's feed dogs move it along from the bottom and voila - no more puckers! The whole quilt sandwich moves along smoothly as a unit this way.

    The stick-like foot with the ring at the bottom is indeed a free motion quilting foot, sometimes called a darning foot too. When you do FMQ, you drop your feed dogs and the speed with which you move the quilt around determines the stitch length. That little ring holds the quilt down as the needle rises. After the needle has cleared the quilt, the darning/FMQ foot releases the pressure so you can move the quilt around easily.

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