What is a Walking Foot???

What is a Walking Foot???

The Walking Foot has often been referred to as one of the most versatile of all sewing machine feet; it’s an unusual looking foot and is designed to provide an extra set of feed dogs for the top of the fabric that is being sewn. The walking foot is ideal for any fabrics that tend to creep when sewing, think slippery & stretch materials as a guideline. The walking foot makes these tricky and sometimes unmanageable fabrics, manageable again.

The walking foot is very popular for those that enjoy matching plaids and checks, as well as gingham and stripes. A very popular addition for those sewers that enjoy quilting as no real skill is required in the matching, you just need to pin the patches and then stitch it with the walking foot – it’s really that simple. When connecting seams in quilting the walking foot really can’t be beat.

The walking foot doesn’t look like other sewing machine feet; it’s big and bulky with an arm that attaches to the needle bar. This additional bar stops the sewing machines pulling the top fabric faster than the bottom fabric, but instead it pulls through the sewing machines at the same rate of speed.

The walking foot is very popular for those that enjoy matching plaids and checks, as well as gingham and stripes. A very popular addition for those sewers that enjoy quilting as no real skill is required in the matching, you just need to pin the patches and then stitch it with the walking foot – it’s really that simple. When connecting seams in quilting the walking foot really can’t be beat.

A popular use for a walking foot sewing machine is for those sewing sail cloth, Dacron and other outdoor materials. Also for making stretch denim jeans. In cases where the walking foot isn’t used the stretch fabric would have stretched too far, but with a walking foot the fabric does not stretch too far and you can create stretch denim jeans that fit perfectly.

Simply speaking, a walking foot sewing machine has been designed to feed materials evenly. It gets its name from the fact that a two piece foot moves one side at a time, in time with the feed and as it moves it appears to walk.

Click her to see our semi industrial sewing machines with the walking foot attachment fitted…

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