A 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.
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