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« on: March 31, 2010 11:09:33 AM »

I just bought a Singer 31-15 industrial for a marine vinyl boat upholstery project.

Machine works great for the vinyl and welting

I realized quickly that I was not able to sew the 1/2" scrim foam backing with the presser foot I have.

Do I need a walking foot?

Is there one for the singer 31-15 machine I have?

« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2010 11:41:04 PM »

have you tried covering the fabric with a strip of tissue paper?  It allows it to slide better, then you rip the paper away once you're done.

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« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2010 11:58:52 AM »

You can't get a walking foor for a Singer 31-15. It's a straight stitch machine. You would have to get a walking foot machine or something like a Singer 31-20 that is made for heavier fabrics. The 31-15 is a really great machine for general sewing and tailoring of light to mid weight fabrics.

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« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2010 04:36:54 AM »

There are add-on walking feet that can be adapted to use on a 31-15, but these will NOT convert the machine into the type of machine with a built-in walking foot that is designed specifically for heavier/thicker sewing. An add-on walking foot is not the same at all- works very differently.

Not all industrials are designed for heavy/thick sewing.  The factory that makes silky bed sheets uses industrail machines, and those wouldn't do at all for automotive upholstery work.  By the same token, if you tried to sew a silk blouse with an industrial walking foot machine designed for heavy upholstery work, it would just eat the silk for lunch rather than actually sew it up.

 The 31-15 is more of a "tailors" industrial machine, and may not be what you need.

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