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A Little Bit About The Walking Foot

A walking foot is a mechanism for feeding the fabric through a sewing machine as it is being stitched. It is most useful for sewing heavy materials where needle feed is mechanically inadequate, for spongy or cushioned materials where lifting the foot out of contact with the material helps in the feeding action, and for sewing many layers together where a drop feed will cause the lower layers to shift out of position with the upper layers.

A sewing machine might have a single walking foot, or two walking feet with alternating action. A walking foot may be combined with another feed mechanism, such as a drop feed or a needle feed.

Only a very few household machines have a walking foot, but this type of feed is common in industrial heavy duty machines. Some household machines are marketed as having a walking foot, but actually have a puller feed. However, almost all household sewing machines use a standard connector for their presser foot, and so add-on walking foot attachments are available.


Source: Wikipedia


Here is a video demonstrating a walking foot:



A quick article by Suzan Michaels about the Walking Foot:


A walking foot sewing machine is often an industrial-type machine that accurately and precisely sews layers of fabric with no slipping or puckering of seams. The two-piece foot feed moves one side at a time, and appears to be "walking" as it feeds the fabric under the needle.

These machines are perfect for working with multiple layers of heavy fabric, such as upholstery material, and are often used for machine quilting as well. They are usually equipped with straight-stitch and reverse capability, although some also include a zigzag stitch.

Some of the better known models include Reliable,
Sunstar and
Mitsubishi. These tend to be best suited to commercial applications.

As an alternative to these heavy machines, many non-commercial machines can be outfitted with an attachment known as a walking foot attachment. Provided that the machine is well-made and can handle heavier fabrics (such as
denim), this is a great alternative for use in machine quilting. Though not a true "walking foot," this type of machine and attachment is probably a better fit for most home-based machine quilters.

With teeth that mesh with the sewing machine's feed plate for steady, even pressure, the walking foot attachment will serve to keep the fabric from shifting and the seams smooth and straight. An optional quilting bar attachment can be added, which is helpful in keeping the rows evenly spaced.

These attachments are available for many popular sewing machine models, such as Bernina,
Singer and
Viking. They are relatively inexpensive, many under $30, and are readily available wherever machines are sold.



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Comment by Gloria Allender on April 14, 2011 at 8:37am

I love the walking foot attachment for my Bernina and I use it alot.

Comment by Anita Elmore on April 9, 2011 at 11:24am
Very informative! As a beginner, I had never even heard of a walking foot.  Definitely on my shopping list now too!♥
Comment by Stormee Bryant on April 8, 2011 at 1:04pm
I use my walking foot all the time.  Especially when sewing underlining and when using slippery fabrics such as satin or velvet.
Comment by Anita LeGresley on April 8, 2011 at 11:01am
I used my walking foot attachment recently when sewing a sleep sack for my grandson.  It easily "walked" over a layer of fleece, flannelette and zipper.  I've not taken it off my machine yet.
Comment by Lauren Youngs on April 8, 2011 at 10:34am
Great foot!
Comment by Gail Grange on April 8, 2011 at 9:49am

I agree with Betty, I have a walking foot but have never used it.


Thank you x

Comment by Betty Higginbottom on April 8, 2011 at 6:48am

Brilliant  I often wondered what they did and were for  now I know many many thanks for sharing this.

Guess what is on my shopping list LOL 

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