For a while now, I have heard some sewing enthusiasts talking about a sewing machine called a walking foot, and I could not help myself in finding out what this machine was all about.
Sometimes I would eavesdrop, and some conversations would go like this, ‘I used my walking foot on the binding, ‘or ‘you will have to use your walking foot for quilting.’ A sewing walking foot is an unusual foot that provides an extra set of feed from the top of the fabric being sewn.
How Does A Walking Foot Look Like?
Unlike other sewing feet, it is bulkier and bigger in size and has an arm that is attached to it in the needle bar. The extra bar coordinates the sewing machine to pull the top fabric through a sewing machine at the same speed it is pulling the fabric at the bottom.
The walking foot has three soles. The standard sole (which is also basic sole) is used in attaching most fabrics. It is used for any fabric given to it by the sewer and used for knits. It has ¼ marking that that actually makes it great for sewing narrow seams on slippery fabrics click here.
On the other hand, the quilting sole is open and has better visibility for making a thicker padded material. The quilting sole also helps in preventing the padded materials from slipping while the machine is quilting.
Then there is the edge-stitching sole. This is used for edge stitching quilt pieces or top stitching stretch denim.
How To Use The Sewing Machine Walking Foot
The first step before any sewing machine purchase is reviewing the compatibility with your machine. This is done by determining whether your sewing machine is low-shank or high-shank.
Another consideration that can be made is purchasing a walking foot that is open toe if most of the clothes are sewn using stitching that requires looking at the fabric as the needle hits.
Attach the arm to the needle bar and the foot to the machine from right to left. Use the basic sole to match color blocked seams. Pick two matching colors, line them up and pin them. The two matching fabrics will fit perfectly.
A sewing machine walking foot wears out and breaks during use. This happens when the bottom plastic breaks off during use. To avoid this one should replace the plastic case whenever there is a crack
In conclusion, a walking foot a must have for any sewer that is quilting or in an industrial heavy duty machine.