A walking foot is a presser foot for a sewing machine. It has its own feed dogs
When the needle moves the machine’s feed dogs move bottom layers & walking foot’s feed dogs move the top layer in unison
This is the walking foot in action! Do you use a walking foot in your projects?
It’s also called Even Feed foot
It eliminates uneven top and bottom layer feeding and also reduces puckering since the fabric layers are fed uniformly through the machine in one smooth movement.
The walking foot works well with regular straight stitch & zigzag stitch & is made for forward moving stitches. It doesn’t work with reverse stitching. Follow steps in tutorial to install it correctly
Benefits Of A Walking Foot
Quilting is one of the most common uses for a walking foot.
The foot works wonders to keep all the layers of the fabric moving through the machine without bunching up
A Walking Foot can be used
for stitch in the ditch – if you want your seams to be hidden use your walking foot to sew precisely on the line
and for Matchstick quilting
– this is a variation of straight line quilting that places lines very close together (about a “matchstick” apart).
For Straight Line Quilting
Using the walking foot is an easy solution for this task, taking the process from maddeningly frustrating to frustration-free
For Sewing On Quilt Binding And Topstitching the Binding
Sew normally but at a slightly slower pace. The walking foot does a great job of feeding these materials through evenly
Using a walking foot with heavyweight fabrics, leather & vinyl
Your machine likely didn’t come with a walking foot, so you’ll have to pay extra for one - and they can be expensive.
Is it worth buying a walking foot?
However, I recommend making the investment
Singer brand low shank walking foot
like this one works with many different low shank machine brands, including:
– Husqvarna Viking
– New Home
Buy the foot (aff. link)
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