A walking foot helps guide your fabric to ensure pucker-free grid quilting.

October 13, 2016


Hi, I'm Jennifer Keltner with a Machine Minute brought to you by Baby Lock and the Symphony machine. Today's topic is why using a walking foot is a great idea. When you're doing grid quilting or straight line quilting, do you ever encounter this problem? You have little tucks that appear in your stitching as your lines cross over one another. The solution is simple: use a walking foot. If you've seen this machine accessory you might be a little intimidated by its size, but it's actually very simple. Your manual will show you how to attach it to your machine, but it's important to note there are two places (one is here where you attach it to your presser foot bar and the other is this fork that goes over the bar that cuts out of your needle where the set screw is). Once those two things are in place, you're ready to roll. The important thing about the walking foot is it offers you this extra set of feed dogs, which helps you feed the fabric through the machine more evenly. Let me illustrate that for you. When you have fabric going through the machine, you have feed dogs on the bottom and a presser foot on top and the feed dogs are pulling the fabric through. Sometimes that motion of having feed dogs only on the bottom means that the fabric layers could shift a little bit causing those tucks. By using a walking foot and having those extra feed dogs on top, both of those sets of feed dogs are pulling the fabric through evenly. Let's go to the machine and I'll show you. I've got my machine set up here with the walking foot and the quilting guide in place and I'm ready to start sewing. You can see the walking foot guides it through. You don't have to push the fabric through the machine -- it really does the work for you. And when you get to those intersections, they're smooth and pucker free. Remember, use your machine accessories to the maximum and you'll have more fun quilting.