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« on: July 06, 2007 12:21:28 PM »

Ok so I recently acquired a "new to me" sewing machine that came to me with a walking foot.  Yeah!  I am putting together a quilt that is just a top backed with polar fleece, no batting.  It therefore does not need a lot of quilting, but I wanted to do some straight lines around the major sections of the quilt.  Oh and I am a hand quilter and know nothing of machine quilting things.

So first go I just used a regular presser foot and that worked but was slightly painful.  I put on the walking foot and...

I think it works better, but I'm still really tugging the quilt through the machine and my stich length varies atrociously.  Is that just what I can expect?  I mean I know I can learn to control the stitch length with practice, but I guess I was just expecting things to go easier with the walking foot.  Could it have to do with the polar fleece being hard for the feed dogs to grab?  Or something?  Was I going to fast maybe?  I would love to hear anyone's walking foot experience, so I can get some perspective on this. I mean this particular piece it does not matter at all what the quilting looks like, but I would like to someday be able to do nice looking quilting with my walking foot!
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« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2007 01:11:21 PM »

The purpose of a walking foot is to move the top and bottom through the machine together so they don't stretch or pull on either side.  If you have to pull the layers through, maybe your presser foot pressure is too tight?  Also try lengthening your stitch length.
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« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2007 09:34:30 AM »

Thanks!  Adjusting the presser foot pressure did help a lot.  The stitch length is better - but it's sttil pretty erattic, tho!   Huh  Maybe from here I just need practice...
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« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2007 01:13:59 PM »

Glad that helped some.  Try making sure the front of the quilt (the side being fed into the machine) is not pulling or hanging down.  The weight can make your stitches tight and irregular.  Try accordian folding it so that the whole weight is supported by the table and your hands/body, or throwing it over your shoulder so it is supported.  Also, try to work on a space big enough so it isn't hanging in the back either.  If you have a small area, try placing your ironing board on the back side to catch the quilt.
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