Using a walking foot for garment sewing

Using a walking foot for garment sewing


Hi, I’m An from madamsew.com. Today we’ll talk about the walking foot. This is an open-toe walking foot. It’s a presser foot that is
well known among quilters and less among garment sewers, so today I’m focusing on how to use this foot in garment sewing. I’ll show you how it works, what it does, and for what projects it’s a real plus to own a presser foot like this. It’s a rather big presser foot, somewhat intimidating at first, but after this video, you’ll know why I like
this little monster. With a walking foot,
different layers of fabric will move evenly through the machine because of the upper feed dogs. Feed what? The feed dogs. The feed dogs of your machine are generally two short, thin metal bars with diagonal teeth. They’re placed in a sewing
machine’s needle plate below your presser foot. They march back and forth, pulling your fabric below the
presser foot while you sew. That’s it. But if you have different
layers, you know very well that very often, the upper
layer doesn’t move as fast as the bottom layer. Well, a walking foot also has feed dogs, and these little teeth, they pull the fabric from the top. The walking foot helps me
with these five garment jobs. Difficult fabrics, matching designs on seams, and matching seam intersections. Mastering bulky seams, avoiding drag lines for hems, and adding embellishments
and trimmings to a fabric. These are the results. The seam on my minky fabric
isn’t all wobbly and curled up. The stripes match. So does the seam intersection
of my synthetic tent bag. You don’t see any strange
ripples on my strap. For the drag lines on hems,
I used a very thin jersey, and I did a little test. Hem one is with a normal presser
foot and a straight stitch, and no special needle or interfacing. Hem two, same conditions as hem one, and just change the
foot to a walking foot. Already better, no? Hem 3, I added some fusable interfacing, changed to a jersey needle, changed the stitch to a little zigzag, and used my regular presser foot again. The result is even worse than hem two, but better than hem one. And hem four, fusible
interfacing, jersey needle, a little zigzag, and my walking foot, and a good result. And my walking foot walk
easily over all the gathers of this little blue skirt. If you want to know more about this foot, you can watch my next video. It explains all the
details about this foot. I’ll show you how you
put it on your machine, and you will know if it
will fit your machine. I’ve read about people that are using their walking foot all the time. They never take it off their machine. I won’t go that far, but whenever I see that my presser foot is
pushing the top layer and isn’t going smoothly over it, I am switching to my walking foot. And if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to send me an email. Leave a comment, and don’t forget to
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