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How To Attach a Walking Foot to a Sewing Machine

A walking foot is a sewing machine foot that helps feed multiple layers of fabric through a sewing machine more easily.

Quilting with a walking foot will make your quilting life much easier, trust me. The fabric will lay flatter, your quilting will look much better and it’s just so much easier.

It’s super easy to sew with one, the only trouble I’ve ever had, was attaching it to my machine, so I’m putting up this little tutorial in case anyone else has the same problem.

***Little disclaimer here. This is how you attach it to my machine. (I have a Janome.) I think the process is pretty much the same on most sewing machines, but some of these steps might vary a little depending on your machine.***

To Attach Your Walking Foot:

First, remove the current foot from your machine. On my machine, you push a little lever which releases the foot.

Now, please, save yourself some time and frustration and have a designated place to put what you take off your machine. Don’t just put it on your dining room table and assume it will there next time you need it….. not that I’ve ever done that. :) I just put mine in a plastic container that I keep next to my machine. Fancy, right?

After you’ve removed the foot, you have to remove the thing that holds the foot. I’m sorry, but I have no idea what it’s called. :) But this is what the part looks like with a foot attached.

And what it looks like without a foot attached.

To remove, you need to unscrew it. I use the little tool that came with my sewing machine to loosen it and then just use my fingers to finish unscrewing it.

Now your machine should look like this.

Now you can attach your walking foot. Slide the walking foot in from behind your needle.

You want to align the screw hole with the little space on the walking foot. I know those terms are vague, so hopefully the pictures will help.

Another view of the part of the walking foot you need to align withe the screw hole.

Now, this is the part that tripped me up when I was learning how to attach my walking foot. There is a part on the walking foot that moves up and down. Make sure you place this part above the thing that tightens and loosens your needle. Here’s a picture of what I’m talking about. Your walking foot will not work if you forget this step, but if you do forget, it will take you about .5 seconds to figure out something’s not right. :)

Now you just need to screw your walking foot on. This part was very awkward for me the first few times I did it. If you have someone to help you, it might make it easier if they can hold the walking foot while you insert the screw. You can do it by yourself, though…. it might just be a little awkward.

Now tighten the screw up and you’re done!

I always run a piece of scrap fabric through before starting to quilt just to make sure I attached it correctly.

Have fun! I hope this helped!

While I don’t really consider this a true beginner sewing thing, I’m going to link it to my Beginner Sewing Series.

Comments

  1. Thank you – this was the first article that actually made sense about how to attach the walking foot! Thank you!

    • You’re welcome! It took me forever to figure out how attach a walking foot when I first started quilting and I didn’t think I was the only one with that problem. Thanks for reading!

  2. Thank you so much, yours is the only explanation which I have understood.

  3. Thank you so much for this really helpful tutorial! Your photos were so well done and I got the walking foot installed on the first try. So much better than the manual instructions!

    • Thanks for letting me know. I remember the first time I tried to attach mine, I gt so frustrated I almost threw it out the window! And it’s really a simple process. I don’t know why they don’t put instructions on the boxes they come in. Thanks again! :)

  4. Bless you!!!!! I am going to start a Beginning Quilt Making class and the instructor said that we would need a “walking foot”. Wow, first I had to find what it was and then where it was hidden in the attachment box on my sewing machine…..then I sat there dumbfounded as to the “non-instructions” included.
    Thank goodness for the internet and wonderful folks that take the time to post great instructions! Thank you soooo much!

  5. Thank you for sharing how to attach a walking foot! :o)
    This is my first time using one and your tutorial was great.

  6. sandijones2013 says:

    Thank you! I lost my instructions, and really prefer static instructions to videos. Worked like a champ.

  7. I was looking for a quick how-to for my new walking foot (no instructions included) and this was PERFECT. Thanks so much. I tried putting it on myself at first and quickly surmised something wasn’t right when the needle was prevented from going all the way down by that swingy arm thing. Haha. Thanks for showing me (so quickly and well) the correct way to do it!

  8. Thank you for a very user friendly and easy to follow guide – inserted it in no time.

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