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.