Quilters are familiar with the walking foot and usually have one in their possession. However, Many other general tailors don't know the many reasons why you need a walking foot and all that it can do for you.
This specialized foot is larger than the regular foot and more expensive, but it is worth it. For quilters, this foot is essential for sewing the quilt as one without moving layers.
There are 3 reasons why you should have a walking foot that has nothing to do with quilting.
Let's start with how your machine feeds fabric under the needle. Usually, the two layers of fabric are located under the needle, above the feed teeth. Its presser foot rests on the fabric, and once the machine begins its feed dog motion, it brings the teeth toward the rear which picks up the fabric. The teeth continually move forward, then repeat the cycle, moving the fabric up until you stop the machine.
Versatile foot versus walking foot
What happens is that one part of the fabric that comes into contact with its feed teeth is grabbed by its presser foot while its second part goes with it. The top layer fabric does not move simultaneously and when the sewing is completed, the layers of the two fabrics do not match up a bit.
It depends on the type of fabric being sewn. Sometimes this isn't a problem, but in other cases there are occasional issues with the completed project. Using a walking foot eliminates this type of problem because it works like a second set of feed teeth on the upper layers of the fabric, this walking foot advances them at equal speed.
It's obvious why this one is important in quilting. In addition to having a two-layer fabric, there is fleece on the layers, making it heavier and more prone to slipping and shifting. This could result in distorted stitches and wrinkles while you sew. However, if you are not a quilter, this walking foot is still useful.
Let's take a look at three other reasons why you need a walking foot:
Easily sew plastics and leathers
Sticky materials are difficult to sew due to the inability of the presser foot to slide across the surface. This walking foot easily feeds material under the needle. Vinyl, plastics, leather, oilcloth and other similar materials are easier to handle when using the walking foot.
Take a look at this article on tips for sewing vinyl. In it we show how using a walking foot is one of the best ways to sew this sometimes delicate material.
The answer to your thick seams and heavy fabrics
Due to their thickness, these bulky fabrics like upholstery, heavy wool and multiple layers of terry cloth cannot feed well. This walking foot provides assistance and makes it easy to sew any weight fabric.
For more information, please see this article about tips for sewing denim. Denim is one of the thickest and heaviest fabrics that home seamstresses commonly sew and a walking foot would make the job much easier.
Tips for Sewing Denim: Easier Than You Think!
Matching Stripes and Checks the Right Way
Matching checks and stripes can be a challenge. Despite the slightly offset fabric, it is clear that asymmetrical throws give your project a homemade look. This walking foot solves the problem.
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