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JudyWoo Send a Message
I have trouble when I'm machine machine at the end of a row (like stitch in the ditch) ... even when things are nice and tight and pinned or basted, the top fabric seems to bunch up a little and there are tiny pleats where I stopped sewing. Then I have to take out several inches of the seam and try to ease the fabric smooth. I'm rarely satisfied with what it looks like though when this happens.

Would a walking foot help with this? Do any of you use a walking foot on a regular basis? I have one, but have just never used it.

2/21/2008 9:34:51 AM
knitnoid Send a Message
Kansas City
I resisted buying a walking foot for my sewing machine since it has the built in sensors. But wow what a difference the walking foot makes. I don't get those little puckers when crossing stitches any more. It was well worth the investment (abt $80 on sale!) I had to make.
2/21/2008 10:47:50 AM
lazymaple54 Send a Message
Irving, NY
It is wonderful - once you try it you won't want to be without it.

2/21/2008 10:54:25 AM
JudyWoo Send a Message
Okay gals you've convinced me ... I'm going to put the thing on and try it out.

I'll need to measure it though to see where the 1/4" mark would be since I'm so used to using the 1/4" foot. Just eyeballing it, it appears to be the same width. Can you use the edge of your walking foot for that crucial quarter-inch seam?

*** Sorry about the "I have trouble when I'm machine machine..." in my earlier post. My fingers must have been stuttering. lol


2/21/2008 11:56:50 AM
gardenquilter Send a Message
W of Katy Tx
i have one on both of my machines have never used them
2/21/2008 1:02:19 PM
I too put off getting one but mow I love it. My H bought it last time I had my machine serviced. It was only $30 and well worth it, for me. I have a friend who never uses hers and never has a problem...just depends on you. she guides her fabric through easier than I do.

now I would like a 1/4 inch foot
2/21/2008 6:17:51 PM
JudyWoo Send a Message
I also got mine for $29.99 the last time I had my machine serviced. I've just been afraid to try it. I'm always squeamish about unscrewing anything and putting something different on my machine.

It's been almost 7 hours since I said I was "convinced and going to try it" and I still haven't got up the nerve. Instead, this afternoon I cut out all the pieces for a double wedding ring. lol

2/21/2008 6:46:25 PM
lorettav Send a Message
Fluffy's mom
The walking foot is wonderful.

2/21/2008 8:40:38 PM
JudyWoo Send a Message
WOW! I have been using my walking foot tonight for the first time and it is fabulous! This may be the only foot I use from now on.

I could kick myself in the patootie for not trying it sooner!

2/22/2008 12:16:30 AM
lazymaple54 Send a Message
Irving, NY
I just knew you would like it Judy. I'm going to order one for my Featherweight machine too. Just a gadget!!!!

2/22/2008 4:41:55 AM
Suzquilts Send a Message
Aurora CO
It's essential, especially for adding the binding. Good luck!

2/22/2008 8:09:56 AM
Kittyquilt9292 Send a Message
eastern PA
When many years ago I took my first class using Eleanor Burns stripping method, I learned to stitch in the ditch with a walking foot. I thought that was the only way to quilt on the machine. Each new machine I got, I got a walking foot for it, cannot think how to do without it. I guess it's all in what you first learn.
Good for you, Judy, it's always a little scarry when you try something new. Glad you went for it! carol/kittyquilt
2/22/2008 7:27:35 PM
fabricgirl Send a Message
sewing in NJ
I have a walking foot with my machine and put on my bindings with it because it seems to help with the process.

2/27/2008 10:59:36 AM
Joannequilts Send a Message
This is my very first post! I've been reading ALOT though. I have the same problem that Judy had, but I use a walking foot. By the end of the line of stitching (the longer the run, the worse it is!) when I meet a horizonal line of stitching, the top fabric is all bunched up.
I tried to just raise the pressure foot and ease over the top fabric, and it looks a mess.
Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!

7/24/2008 7:21:33 AM
HomespunMary Send a Message
Sweden, EU
Hi Joann and welcome!

Since I started to use my walking foot I've never had that problem, so I'm not sure if I'm of any help, but... I always spray baste my quilt sandwiches with the 505 basting spray, and it seems to really do the trick - both when using a regular or walking foot or when using a darning foot for free motion quilting. It secures the layers all over the surface and not just in a few places like safety pins do. I really think it helps, because the top layer just can't "move" or "pull" differently from the other two layers.

If you haven't used it, maybe it is worth a try?
7/24/2008 7:46:35 AM
Walking foot works great. No problems.
7/24/2008 9:07:17 AM
Joannequilts Send a Message
Thanks Mary!

I've used the basting spray several years ago, when I only did hand quilting. It made it a little harder to quilt through, and was a little difficult to get together, but much faster than pinning or basting with thread. I still have a can and I'm going to try using it on my next quilt. It sounds like a good idea and makes alot of sense!
Thanks again!
7/24/2008 10:12:20 AM
jochsner Send a Message
Grant, NE
Hi, I'm new to this group. I have a Kenmore machine that my husband got for me 25 years ago. I am trying to find a walking foot for it and even the company does not carry them for this model any more. Any suggestions on a good machine, but not greatly expensive, for machine quilting. I have done handquilting and wanted to try machine quilting now. Thanks
7/24/2008 5:26:45 PM
TooMuchFabric Send a Message
Windy Country

If you have a sewing machine store nearby you could check out their prices. I know Walmart sells machines at good prices but the sewing stores sometimes have some really good sales. At the store I go to they even have some used machines that have been serviced.

Another place where you can sometimes find really good deals are at a store that services machines. There is one in the town where I work and they always have several used machines for sale that they have serviced. Some even come with some sort of warranty.

Jo Ann

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7/25/2008 3:12:44 AM
Joannequilts Send a Message
Hi jochsner! I'm new here too! I just bought a Kenmore and I love it! The guy who waited on us said that the Sears Kenmore is really a Janome with the Kenmore "cover". He did not recommend the Singer. It used to be one of the best, but no longer.
I paid about $350. I love the needle down feature! I looked at the machines in the repair shop, but really couldn't afford over $700 for a machine!
Good luck in your search!

7/25/2008 6:01:25 AM
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