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Thread: What's a "Walking foot"

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    I am hoping to take a machine quilting class in two weeks. I called to ask what I need to bring and they said my machine, a darning foot and a walking foot. I found the darning foot, but none of them are called a "walking foot" in my manual. Is there another name for this?

    A friend of mine also want to take the class and she has an old Singer machine. She says its about 40 years old. Will she be able to get a darning foot and a walking foot for that machine? She says she doesn't have them.

    This is probably a dumb question, but thanks for your help!

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    a walking foot is an attachment foot that has feed dogs in the foot so you will have the top fabric moving at the same rate as the bottom fabric. It does really help in quilting, the first 2 years I didn't have one. As far as parts for a 40yr old machine, it is possible depending on the machine. I know that my walking foot and darting foot will fit on many other machines.

    Hope this helps

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    You can straight sew without a walking foot. I don't use one because I haven't taken the time to attach it to my machine. Some say they love it for keeping the layers of fabric even. The darning foot is used for free motion quilting (regular machine quilting/stipppling). IMHO you will need the darning foot if you aren't doing stitch in the ditch quilting. You can get both kinds of feet for older machines. Have fun!!

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    Does the walking foot generally come with the machine or do you have to buy it separate?

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    Sometimes it is called an "even feed" foot

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    I have two singer machines and my neighbor also has an older singer. I went to Joann's and bought a walking foot for about 25.00. We had found them on ebay and also at the local machine repair shop, but Joann's was the cheapest. You get them from Amazon.com as well. We have been lucky so far and have been able to share most of out feet and other sewing gear.


    I am enclosing a picture so that you can see what we use on our machine.

    Also, from what I understand, this is sometimes considered a specialty type of foot so most machines do not come with one.

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    You can check with your local machine dealer or you can google it.

    Sewfine


    Quote Originally Posted by Zappycat
    Does the walking foot generally come with the machine or do you have to buy it separate?

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    if you still have your manual it will tell you what came with your machine, and what is avil for your machine, Mine didn't come with one, but they say I can get one. My machine is about 15 years old, I have a kenmore....


    But my question is can I get a generic walking food for my machine?

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    Ohhh!! thank you! I'm pretty sure that I don't have one of these then!! I'll have to start looking for one! Thanks!
    You gals are the best! ; )

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    Ooooh!! I DO have one and it IS called an even feed foot! YEy! I am ready to sign up for the machine quilting class!! I'm so excited!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lheartsl
    if you still have your manual it will tell you what came with your machine, and what is avil for your machine, Mine didn't come with one, but they say I can get one. My machine is about 15 years old, I have a kenmore....


    But my question is can I get a generic walking food for my machine?
    Here is a link for you. Says this style walking foot fits "Sears" brand which is the Kenmore.

    http://www.sew4less.com/product/2034...ing_Foot_10449

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    But my question is can I get a generic walking food for my machine?[/quote]

    While searching for my walking foot I came across a few feet that were sort of generic and fit all kinds of machines. You have to be careful though because the feed dogs are longer on some feet than others. Also, the shank size (the piece where the foot attaches to and makes it go up and down as it sews) are different sizes like low or high. Most of the generic that I came across did say the various brands and models that it will fit.

    Also, What I found was that price wise for our Singer machines it really didn't matter if the foot was a generic or if it was name brand. It may be different for the various brand names.

    Hope this helps.

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    thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lheartsl
    if you still have your manual it will tell you what came with your machine, and what is avil for your machine, Mine didn't come with one, but they say I can get one. My machine is about 15 years old, I have a kenmore....


    But my question is can I get a generic walking food for my machine?
    Yes, you can. I got mine at Joanns for my Kenmore about 2006. (However, I really don't think these are necessary if you know how to manage your fabric with your hands.) Most generic feet that fit a Kenmore can also be used on Husqvarna/Vikings.

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    Hooray!! I am excited for you. I finished my first class about two weeks ago. Now I am I trying to figure out what to create next. It's not so easy when I am on here looking at all the wonderful things others are creating. I want to make one of everything I have seen so far. :0)

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    Sometimes a walking foot is called an even feed foot. A darning foot is sometimes called an embroidery foot, open toe foot. Usually those feet are extra and not included with the machine. You can usually find generic feet a little less than a brand name, but make sure they'll work with your machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zappycat
    Ooooh!! I DO have one and it IS called an even feed foot! YEy! I am ready to sign up for the machine quilting class!! I'm so excited!
    I'm so glad you're taking this class, you're going to learn a ton of things in it! :thumbup:

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    I have purchased feet from several online Sewing/Vacuum stores. I email to ask if the generic foot will work on my machine.
    I have had wonderful experiences with these stores and all of the feet work great :D:D:D

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    I got my walking foot at a sewing store...the man asked me to bring my machine with me to make sure it got the proper fit. Works great...aside from fabric and thread, my best purchase so far.

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    A walking foot has been described well enough here, but thought that I would add that you don't need one if you have a Pfaff machine as it has a built - in one and I have also found that my Brother's pin - feed system works just as well and it is the best quilting machine that i have. So, I think you should test out whether you need one or not before you go to the expense of buying one. They are very useful for even feeding of material on some machines in my opinion.

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    A walking foot will become your best friend when you quilt..it is also called a dual feed foot. It keeps all your layers of fabric together and even. Works very well for the binding also.

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    A walking foot is sold separately, but must be purchased for your brand of machine. Its like having feed dogs at the top of your fabric, and works with the feed dogs under your fabric.
    When quilting the walking foot moves the top/bottom fabric at the same rate to you don't get wrinkles.

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    Thanks for the pic I did not know what a walking foot looked like. Thanks

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    Thank you for the pic I did not know what a walking foot looked like. Thank you!

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    There is also a nice little catalog called Home Sew and they are on line too. I have seen the walking foot in there and other attachments also. I called and asked which bobbins fit my machine and they were very helpful. I liked their prices too.

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