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Walking Foot Used for Sewing?

HC | Posted in General Discussion on

Hi. I recently started quilting and have learned to use a walking foot to control movement of the top layer of the quilt sandwich. I started to wonder: are there uses for a walking foot in garment construction or other types of sewing? I’d appreciate any ideas you might have. Thanks.


  1. marijke | | #1

    I think I read somewhere that a walking foot can be sued whenever  you don't want layers to shift, like when sewing plaids/stripes you want to match exactly.  I haven't tried it, since I don't sew a lot with stripes and plaids.


  2. sueb | | #2

    I've used my walking foot for sewing together velvets to help with the slipping. I've also used it when I've sewn oilcloth, vinyl, several layers of fleece.  Use it whenever you are having a hard time controlling the layers of fabric from slipping away from each other.

  3. Stitchitup | | #3

    It is wonderful  on lingerie, leather, things hard to move under the presser foot.

  4. MegVT | | #4

    I own a Pfaff 1222E which, I believe, is the first machine sold with the IDF - integrated dual feed - and I have this 'walking foot' engaged ALL the time.  I've had this machine for 24 years and have sewn silks, denims, down jackets, quilts, well, you get the idea.  Your walking foot will allow much greater accuracy in keeping the layers together, and is especially helpful when you are stitching plaids and stripes (and are trying to match them up).   Go ahead, use it on everything!


  5. HollyT | | #5

    I have a Bernina 1530 and use the walking foot for most sewing--it's my "default" foot.  I thought it was expensive when I bought it, but it has been worth every penny. 

  6. Kiley | | #6

    I have a Pfaff also with the dual feed and I use the IDT almost all the time when sewing. It is great for matching stripes and plaids etc. so the material doesn't shift. It's great for stretchy fabrics also. Heavy and light fabrics, it's really great for almost everything. There are times when I don't use it like for free motion etc.

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