Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 48

Thread: What a Difference

  1. #1
    Senior Member Ccorazone's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    Midlothian,Texas
    Posts
    718

    What a Difference

    I have always had trouble with my binding. It never turned out quite like I wanted it to look. Tonight I used a walking foot for the first time while binding my quilt and OH MY... WHAT A DIFFERENCE. The pushing and shoving trying to keep the fabric under the pressure foot was gone. Mostly, I just had to guide the fabric. I will never bind another quilt without using my walking foot. IMHO if you have one, use it..

    "Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned"
    Peter Marshall

    "Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that
    take our breath away". - Hilary Cooper
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/2HartsCreations?ref=si_shop

  2. #2
    Super Member Raggiemom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Cincinnati, OH
    Posts
    3,606
    They are very helpful!
    Heather

  3. #3
    Super Member Helen S's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    Vancouver, Washington State
    Posts
    2,110
    I bought a very inexpensive Brother machine because I was having trouble with my Pfaff and put it in the shop. I had to buy a walking foot for the Brother machine and you're right...it's priceless.

    Since then, I've wandered back to my16 year old Pfaff Tiptronic 2020, which is very tired, but still sews ok, and it has a much better feed dog, along with a built in walking foot, so I'm happy to be using it again, at least until it gives up the ghost completely. lol
    Being skinny isn't easy, so I gave up and opted for being sexy instead. (aunty acid)

  4. #4
    Super Member katier825's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    FL
    Posts
    7,160
    Blog Entries
    3
    I waited a long time to get a walking foot...I'd never be without one now! I use it on things other than quilts, tote bags and such. It makes such a difference!

  5. #5
    Super Member DebraK's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    West Coast
    Posts
    9,214
    absolutely!

  6. #6
    Senior Member grandma7's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Nebraska
    Posts
    408
    I agree about the walking foot! Makes all the difference! i always use it to do my bindings.

  7. #7
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Alaska
    Posts
    2,736
    Thanks for the information.

  8. #8
    Super Member ArtsyOne's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Canadian in Minnesota
    Posts
    2,358
    You've convinced me to dig mine out ;o)
    A fabric stash is always missing that one fabric needed to finish the quilt on which you're working.

  9. #9
    Super Member franc36's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Tennessee
    Posts
    1,497
    I cannot imagine putting on binding without a walking foot, The walking foot for my Bernina was very expensive; but it has been worth every cent.

  10. #10
    Super Member sahm4605's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Blue Springs, MO
    Posts
    2,240
    I had been quilting for almost a year before I was able to get one as a christmas gift and I thank my mom everyday for such a wonderful christmas gift. I use it for everything unless I am using my fmq foot. or this zig zag choppy thing foot that puts a sorta like serger edge to things.
    when life gets you down go and talk with a little kid. They will help you work out even the worst problems with their simple logic.

  11. #11
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    SW Missouri
    Posts
    187
    I will give this a try in the near future. Thanks for the heads up!!

  12. #12
    Senior Member Sew N Tune's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Shenandoah Valley, Virginia
    Posts
    619
    I could not quilt without mine. Use it all the time.
    The one who dies with the most fabric wins.

  13. #13
    saf
    saf is offline
    Super Member saf's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Posts
    1,178
    I use mine too. Mine came with my machine and I didn't know what to use it for. Then I happened to watch a tutorial on Youtube and decided to give it a try. My goodness, it is so much easier when you use the right tools for the job.

  14. #14
    Super Member QandE2010's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Florida - formerly Montana
    Posts
    3,495
    Quote Originally Posted by sahm4605 View Post
    I had been quilting for almost a year before I was able to get one as a christmas gift and I thank my mom everyday for such a wonderful christmas gift. I use it for everything unless I am using my fmq foot. or this zig zag choppy thing foot that puts a sorta like serger edge to things.
    Everyone should have the zig zag choppy thing foot. (I just couldn't resist. I love your description.) LOL
    Alma
    Nami to 6

  15. #15
    Senior Member omaluvs2quilt's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Las Vegas, NV
    Posts
    924
    I use mine too! and for piecing as well...much more accurate for me.

  16. #16
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Spokane, Washington
    Posts
    344
    A walking foot is the only way to go when attaching binding. And when you think about it, that totally makes sense since the quilt is the same thickness it is when you are doing the actual quilting. My Janome has a built in walking foot and it's a snap to just pull it down whenver I need it.
    -Chris-
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Blessed are the children of quilters, for they shall inherit the quilts....

    It does not do well, Harry, to dwell on the dreams....and forget to live. - Albus Dumbledore

  17. #17
    Super Member happymrs's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    NC
    Posts
    1,231
    I have never used mine, but sounds like I need to try it! I do all my bindings by machine, so this might be a good chance to, thanks for the heads up!...
    Nancy/NC...
    "Because Nice Matters"
    "Choose To Be Happy"

  18. #18
    Super Member hopetoquilt's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    New Jersey
    Posts
    2,873
    The walking foot is excellent for adding the binding.

    You know the hair clip looking binding clips? I read that some quilters use them to help keep the binding and quilt aligned when initially sewing the binding on (as in before they turn it to the front/back). That would help too. I can't wait to try that suggestion.

  19. #19
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Mechanicsville, IA
    Posts
    1,488
    Would you believe they are also making them for a lot of the vintage machines, as well! Even featherweights.
    Cheryl Robinson
    http://www.silverneedlestitching.com
    APQS Millenium Longarm with Intelliquilter

  20. #20
    Senior Member happyquiltmom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    NE Indiana
    Posts
    564
    Binding is impossible to apply smoothly without a walking foot! I have one for my old Singer 401A, paid around $12 for it on eBay several years ago. Wouldn't think of getting one for my old Bernina! Too expensive.

  21. #21
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Orange Park,Fl
    Posts
    1,038
    I do all my binding by hand.I have never used my sewing maching.

  22. #22
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    southern Michigan
    Posts
    227
    Blog Entries
    1
    Just watch your fingers. With entire open front I ran my finger too close and sewed right through my index finger and nail. Now I lay a seam ripper flat against foot front edge to prevent a repeat performance.

  23. #23
    Senior Member mary705's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Pinellas Park, FL
    Posts
    620
    Quote Originally Posted by hopetoquilt View Post
    The walking foot is excellent for adding the binding.

    You know the hair clip looking binding clips? I read that some quilters use them to help keep the binding and quilt aligned when initially sewing the binding on (as in before they turn it to the front/back). That would help too. I can't wait to try that suggestion.
    I use the hair clip looking clips ALL the time for my bindings, along with using my walking foot. Got them at JoAnns quite some time ago using 50% off coupons or the 50% off notions sale.

  24. #24
    Member
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    City of Champions, Pennsylvania
    Posts
    10
    Thanks for posting this right before I have to sew binding on a T-shirt quilt with fleece backing. It would be a nightmare if you hadn't reminded me to use the walking foot. I have not quilted in a while and tend to forget things in between projects.
    Gigi to Jordan and Jake

  25. #25
    Super Member Latrinka's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Slidell, Louisiana
    Posts
    6,946
    Honestly, I don't know the difference between a walking foot and any other kind. Whatever is on my machine, about a 45 yr old Kenmore, is what I use for all my sewing, quilting, binding, etc.
    If a woman's work is never done....why start?

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.