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How to Use a Walking Foot (Updated)

written by Sarah

Walking Foot is essential because there are many tasks and fabric types that a standard presser foot can’t handle. For instance, sewing slippery fabric like laminated cotton and PVC vinyl is near impossible without a Walking Foot. You’ll also find thick fabric, or multiple layers (i.e. quilts) will shift if sewn with a general purpose foot. However, if you use a Walking Foot, you nearly eliminate the need to excessively pin and hand baste. Unlike a standard presser foot, a Walking Foot has built-in feed dogs that grip and feed the fabric through your machine.

We introduced our community to the Walking Foot years ago, but we felt with all the new technology and accessories available, it was time for a refresher course. In this updated Walking Foot video, we’ll teach you how to use a standard Walking Foot and an Open Toe Walking Foot. We’ll also demonstrate how to switch out the soles of your Walking Foot and how to install 2 types of quilting bars.

Because this foot has so many uses, we highly suggest investing in a high-quality walking foot, preferably with interchangeable soles and a quilting bar. The interchangeable soles allow you to switch from a standard Walking Foot to an Open Toe Foot without having to purchase a whole new foot, saving you time and money.

If you’re not sure which Walking Foot fits your machine, give us a call or email us. We’re happy to help!

You can also read our guide on how to determine the shank size of your machine.

If you have any comments or questions, be sure to leave them in the comment section below and be sure to join our sewing community:

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44 comments

Lisa November 12, 2017 at 8:58 pm

I am having zero luck installing a walking foot on my Brother CE1100PRW matchine. Can you recommend the correct attachment?

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Sarah November 13, 2017 at 10:57 am

Hi, Lisa! I had a Brother machine just like yours and used this Walking Foot: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/walking-foot-babylock-brother-x80927001-sa140.aspx
It worked really well.

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Karen September 13, 2017 at 8:17 pm

Very informative!

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Jacqueline West July 28, 2017 at 2:44 pm

Which walking foot would I need for a Janome Memory Craft 5000? I have one for my singer but it sits too high on my Janome. I hope you understand my question.

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Sarah July 31, 2017 at 9:37 am

Hi, Jacqueline! This Walking Foot fits your machine: https://goo.gl/yg5wWV

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Deborah Pinion July 23, 2017 at 3:17 pm

Does Bernina make a walking foot for Artista 200??

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Sarah July 24, 2017 at 9:25 am

Hi, Deborah! Yes, we sell it here: https://goo.gl/VCxv3A

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Joyce July 14, 2017 at 10:15 pm

video was very helpful, thanks

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Sarah July 17, 2017 at 9:01 am

Hi, Joyce! Thank you so much for watching!

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Mickey April 26, 2017 at 4:59 pm

Enjoy all your video’s. I’m asking about the glass or clear extension around you Janome machine. Gives you more working surface. I have an old Janome, an Excel 5018.

I would also be interested in a walking foot for that same model.

Thanks,
Mickey

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Sarah May 2, 2017 at 10:46 am

Hi, Mickey! For your machine, you would need to have a custom cut clear extension table through Sew Steady. I just need the depth, width, and height measurements of your free arm.
This walking foot is compatible with your machine: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/walking-foot-elna-janome-214874013.aspx

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Sarah May 2, 2017 at 12:16 pm

Hi, again! To order a custom extension table for your machine, use this link: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/acrylic-extension-table-sew-steady-nh152-4.aspx

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Connie February 2, 2017 at 7:50 pm

I’m enjoying your excellent videos and hints. Keep them coming.

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VALERIE V MCDONALD February 18, 2017 at 2:12 pm

I bought a Singer Simple machine (model #2263). The part that usually fits in front of the presser foot and feed plate was missing. I’m trying to order it but it’s not shown ON the machine so I’m not sure if it’s what I’m looking for. It’s called the Extension Table. It opens to hold supplies like needles, etc which they usually do. The part number is V6E0204210. I never knew what it is called. If that’s it I’ll have a nice little Singer machine. Thank you,
Valerie

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Sarah February 21, 2017 at 9:09 am

Hi, Valerie! We have many customers who buy machines with missing parts – no worries. We have many parts for your machine listed here: https://goo.gl/SCJK7I
This is the extension table: https://goo.gl/jDdTzn
Congratulations on your “new” singer!

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Pat David February 1, 2017 at 11:33 pm

I just purchased a walking foot but haven”t figured it out yet. Didn’t know about this website. Where can I view the instructions for my new walking foot. Have a Artisa 200 – I look forward to your reply. Thank you Pat

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Sarah February 3, 2017 at 7:54 pm

Hi, Pat! Do you know the part number of the walking foot your purchased?

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Geraldine Douglas January 31, 2017 at 7:49 pm

Great tutorial. Anxious to try other projects using the walking foot. Is there an open toe walking foot for fancy stitches for the baby lock Esanto embroidery machine?

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Sarah February 1, 2017 at 8:37 am

Hi, Geraldine! This Open Toe Walking Foot will fit your machine: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/open-toe-walking-foot-low-shank-sa188.aspx

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Annette January 29, 2017 at 5:47 pm

Hi Sewing Parts
I really enjoy watching you videos about sewing. I was watching the video about how to use a Walking Foot, do you have to drop the feed dog on your sewing machine before you use a walking foot. I hope to hear from you soon.
Thank you
Annette J.

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Sarah January 30, 2017 at 9:14 am

Hi, Annette! Thank you for your kind words! You do not need to drop your feed dogs to use the walking foot.

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Connie Moody March 4, 2017 at 12:44 pm

That was my question also. Thanks for answering

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Weslene Marble January 29, 2017 at 11:48 am

OH MY GOD that was a wonderful video on the walking foot…I have one but didn’t know I could do all THAT! so, how do I subscribe for this????

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Sarah January 30, 2017 at 9:16 am

Hi! I’m so glad you enjoyed our video! I am happy to add you to our newsletter subscription – what email address would you like to use?

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Debra Murray January 29, 2017 at 9:58 am

Sarah,
You are such a wonderful teacher. Love you and your personality. Always look forward to learning from you. You are very pleasant and have a fun personality. You take away so much fear with sewing,embroidering and your skills are the best. I do have 1 question. I am a YouTube subscriber and I was wondering if you could ( whenerever you have the time) show us newbies how to miter corners please? Your corners in this walking foot tutorial are perfect. I thank you for your time and knowledge
Warm regards , Debra

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Sarah January 30, 2017 at 9:27 am

Hi, Debra! Thank you so much for your kind words – you’ve made my day! It would be my pleasure to teach how to miter corners. I will schedule to film it right after Valentine’s Day. Wonderful suggestion!

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Patty Hand January 29, 2017 at 9:02 am

Thank you

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Becky Jo Grosser January 29, 2017 at 8:38 am

great tutorial. Young lady is easy to listen to and very precise in her instructions. At 73 this was very ENJOYABLE and helpful!

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Adrienne Anderson January 28, 2017 at 11:17 pm

Thank you for the video un the walking foot.

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Leatha Sargent January 28, 2017 at 10:17 pm

Very useful information, thank you

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Sue Cone January 28, 2017 at 7:20 pm

I have been sewing forever, but I didn’t know the walking foot could sew on so many different jobs! Thank so much for info.

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Marcia McDaniels January 28, 2017 at 1:27 pm

I got a new-to-me machine for Christmas and so many feet I cannot recognize, will be visiting your videos a lot.

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Barbara Buckingham January 28, 2017 at 11:55 am

Enjoy the videos.

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Tom Sims January 28, 2017 at 9:26 am

Will the presser foot kit fit a Singer 591 D 300AD machine.

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Sarah January 31, 2017 at 4:39 pm

Hi, Tom! Which presser foot kit are you interested in?

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Emma tarkington January 28, 2017 at 7:17 am

Learning something new!!

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patti January 27, 2017 at 11:34 pm

Love this site.

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Beverly Medlen January 27, 2017 at 8:28 pm

Love your store and also your videos have helped me so much! Thanks very much!

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Norma January 27, 2017 at 8:25 pm

Thank you!

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Barbara Whittaker January 27, 2017 at 7:49 pm

I loved your tutorial on How to use a Walking Foot — makes me want to start sewing again!

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Kathleen Keating January 27, 2017 at 7:31 pm

Thank you Sarah, very well done video!!

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Beverly Green January 27, 2017 at 7:12 pm

Enjoyed the video on the quilting foot.

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Karlyn January 27, 2017 at 6:57 pm

Great tutorial. I never knew for sure if I could use Walking foot for other fabrics. Makes sense you should use one. Thanks again

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Judy January 27, 2017 at 2:53 pm

this video was very helpful

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