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Dawn posted on Sat, Nov 3 2012 8:52 PM

Was thinking of getting one, but not sure if I really need one.  I don't do machine quilting, I think the only reason I would need one is when I put binding on .. .  I would be spending about $60 for one.  Any ideas or other reasons I would need one?  What else do you use one for?  

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Dawn <I would not get one if you don't anticipate doing any Quilting. That's alot of money to spend on something you will very sledom use. Barbara

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Dawn replied on Sat, Nov 3 2012 9:17 PM

thanks Barbara!  That is what I was thinking.  I did order a 1/4" foot, as I found I was STILL not stitching a 1/4" seam!  Makes me crazy!  But maybe now I can improve.  Have a great night!

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Thea replied on Sat, Nov 3 2012 10:03 PM

Dawn - I agree with Barbara - although I use the walking foot that is on my Pfaff all the time - but the one for my Janome I almost never use.  I will say this about the 1/4" foot - you may still have problems - sometimes even with that foot you have to go inside a thread or two sometimes.  I recommend always making one test block to see if you are accurate in your piecing.  If you are still having problems, I use to recommend to my students to draw the 1/4" line on their fabric so they could see what it looked like - I had done this for years when I hand pieced so was used to seeing the 1/4" - but sometimes for machine piecing it is a good idea - then you will get that eye to hand coordination thing down pat.

 

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Dawn, I use the dual feed walking foot on my Janome 7700 all the time for piecing love the control. 

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Dawn replied on Sun, Nov 4 2012 7:20 AM

Thanks Thea and Leslie! 

Thea, that sounds like something I may have to do.  I at least know when I cut something wrong, but sewing is another thing.  I had never heard of a 1/4" foot, till QCA, so thought I would at least see if I could get closer!  Tired of 9" blocks coming out 8"!  :-)

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I don't sew anything without my walking foot.  I don't do any machine quilting either.  

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Dawn replied on Wed, Nov 14 2012 4:20 PM

A couple years ago I saw that Hancock fabrics here in town were selling kinda generic feet.  I thought well, I will try the walking foot.  I couldn't get it to work.  So, I just put it away and went on my way.  Well, when I got my 1/4" foot, was putting it on, and DH came in to see how it was working and I showed him the walking foot.  As I had recently retried the thing.  Well, he messed w/it and yeah, of course he got it to work!  Yay!  So, will be glad to use it later.

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Dawn,  a walking foot is also really nice when you are trying to sew layers of flannel, cordaroy, velvet, etc together.   I don't usually piece with a WF, but when working with flannel I always do.

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ls2116 replied on Wed, Nov 14 2012 8:45 PM

On my Pfaff I've been using  " Little Foot "  I can't remember if it is true 1/4 ".  Thea great idea with drawing line  and what Pfaff do you have?. I'm gonna have to measure my Little foot It looks like 1/4" but now I"m second guessing.  

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Hi.  I have not ever done machine quilting.  But, this site might be helpful to you.  Leah Day is an excellent teacher and she shows here how to modify a darning/quilting foot to actually work.  I modified mine (the one that came with my machine)  according to her instructions and it works great.  I also got another 1/4" foot from her which is hands down the best decision I have made for quilt piecing.  Leah teaches a class on Craftsy called "Free Motion Quilting a sampler".  It is a really good class. 

http://www.daystyledesigns.com/freemotionfoot.htm

 

 

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LeftyLou replied on Sun, Nov 18 2012 12:45 PM

I love Leah Day!  She has lots of posts on youtube.  You should check them out.

 

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Dawn, What kind of machine do you have ? I have an extra walking foot  if it will fit your machine.   Susan

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