When should you not use a walking foot?
So when is a walking foot “Optional”? If you’re working with two layers of a fairly stable woven fabric, there is very little need for a walking foot. The pressure of your feed dogs against a standard foot provides all the friction necessary for the fabric layers to move through smoothly.
Can you Backstitch when using a walking foot?
You should backstitch zigzag stitches to prevent the stitches from unravelling. To do this, simply use the reverse function on your sewing machine to stitch a few stitches backwards, then continue sewing forwards again. You can backstitch a zigzag stitch using a regular presser foot or even a walking foot.
What stitches can I use with a walking foot?
Yes, you can use your walking foot for more than straight stitching. A zig-zag stitch should be just fine because all the movement in the stitch pattern is forward. In fact many of the decorative stitches on your sewing machine are just fine to use with your even feed foot installed.
Do I need a walking foot to sew knits?
One way to keep your knit fabric from growing while you’re sewing is to use a Walking Foot. A while back I did a post on the Walking Foot. While not essential, it has an amazing effect on the way your knit fabrics sew. Basically, it keeps the fabric from stretching while you sew.
What can you use instead of a walking foot?
Maybe a darning foot…
If you wish to avoid using a walking foot altogether, then your alternative quilting foot is a darning or hopping foot. With this foot, the you must drop your sewing machine’s feed dogs. You are in charge of moving the quilt sandwich through your sewing machine and creating the stitch length.
Can you sew with the presser foot up?
Always be sure your presser foot is in the DOWN position before sewing. Sewing with the presser foot in the up position will cause your thread to tangle and your bobbin to jam. Change needles regularly (after every 6 – 8 hours of use) as dull/weak needles can cause damage to your machine and fabric.