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How to Use a Walking Foot (Updated)

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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  1. Thank you, I bought an aftermarket walking foot for my Viking to sew silk and your video is quite helpful in helping me understand my walking foot and its uses.

  2. Thanks for your helpful videos! Stopped by for the first time to order a sewing machine foot and waalaa! Bonus on the website…… videos! love them. Re-discovering sewing and I am looking forward to your videos and tutorials.

  3. 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.


    1. 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,

  4. 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

  5. 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?

  6. 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.

  7. 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

    1. 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!

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

  9. 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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