Donna and I both took a leap this week and decided to try out a walking foot on our sewing machines. If you don’t know what a walking foot is, it is a pretty intimidating looking attachment that replaces your presser foot.
What does a walking foot do?
On your machine you have the set of feed dogs under your presser foot that move your fabric forward, which is great, but your top and bottom fabric can get moving at slightly different speeds. This becomes really problematic with slippery materials and quilting especially. You end up with skipped stitches, weird puckering ect. I picked up my new foot based on a recommendation in a Knits Craftsy course I’m working through.
Where do you put that?
Your machine may differ, but I was able to buy my foot “off the rack” at Joann’s. When I asked the clerk to describe how to fit it to my machine it went something like this-
“This is going to replace the ankle above the presser foot,” says the clerk.
“You know what the ankle is?” stunned disbelief from the clerk.
It went on for a bit, so since this may be not common knowledge I’m going to show you how easy this sucker is to get on AND what the ankle of your machine is- just in case.
This is what my foot looks like to start. I’m sure yours is similar.
To make it more clear I took my foot off (you do not need to detach your foot). Do you see where your ankle is? You can remove this with the screw there. Hold on to that screw it is going to hold your walking foot on.
It’s ok, you didn’t break it, I swear.
Slide it on to the post and tighten your screw back on. Make sure the arm is hooked properly. It will move up and down with your needle.
Stay tuned to see the knit projects we’ve sewn up so far!
Do you use a walking foot? Good, bad, what are your feelings?