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alice



Joined: 18 Feb 2006
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 12 11:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Lorrainelovesplants wrote:
I dont think I have a quilting/walking foot for my machine.
I have loads of other feet Ill never use (tucking foot etc).
Cant I just use the foot that is on it?


Of course you can but you'll be amazed at how much easier it is to quilt with a walking foot. It helps all the layers to move through the machine at the same speed - especially useful if you are quilting in long straight lines.

Lorrainelovesplants



Joined: 13 Oct 2006
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Location: Cornwall
PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 12 12:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Gythagirl -
Im sorry, you started speaking a whole new language to me...
Is the photo I postyed of a darning foot?
What is a 'feed dog'?

Vanessa



Joined: 08 May 2006
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 12 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The feed dog is the bit with teeth under your fabric. Normally, you sew with the dog up, so it feeds the fabric; you'd also have the teeth up with a walking foot.

Free-hand quilting, however, is usually done with the feed dog down, so the teeth don't move the fabric, YOU do.

Lorrainelovesplants



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 12 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thanks for that - so in 'normal' sewing the teeth are up? Yes?

Sally Too



Joined: 14 Sep 2006
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Location: N.Ireland
PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 12 3:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Eldest daughter did the whole quilt with the hand cranked Singer and no extra bits. She did find it difficult to prevent the puckering, but pulled all the layers through together. (I don't think the teeth can be turned off in an old Singer.)

Anyway end result was highly satisfactory and she is tickled pink with herself. Must get a photo up of it all done up and bound round the edges.

One good thing however was the arrival of the self-healing mat and the rotary cutter thing just in time for her to trim everything for the bias binding at the end.

Vanessa



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 12 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Lorrainelovesplants wrote:
Thanks for that - so in 'normal' sewing the teeth are up? Yes?


Yes.

Lorrainelovesplants



Joined: 13 Oct 2006
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Location: Cornwall
PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 12 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Ive found some more feet......
is the plastic thing a quilting foot?



alice



Joined: 18 Feb 2006
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 12 11:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

No.
Here you go.
http://www.generations-quilt-patterns.com/quilting-foot.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBD_X13zbcQ&feature=related

Lorrainelovesplants



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 12 12:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thanks Alice
Good link....loads of information.

Lorrainelovesplants



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 12 8:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

So, where do you buy a quilting foot then? Ive decided to go for one for my Singer 221K machine.

pookie



Joined: 01 Aug 2006
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 12 9:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

one of these Lorraine..


http://www.singermachines.co.uk/catalogsearch/result/?q=Singer+221K+machine+walking+foot&x=24&y=19
Hoping to start my 2nd block today....must get a few jobs out of the way first!

Sallytoo yes I'd love to see the finished article

Anyone else doing the Crafty Gemini quiltalong with me?

Luath



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 12 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I am, yes, starting on it this week

pookie



Joined: 01 Aug 2006
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 12 10:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Luath wrote:
I am, yes, starting on it this week


Excellent

Cathryn



Joined: 16 Jul 2005
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Location: Ceredigion
PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 12 11:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Lorrainelovesplants wrote:
So, where do you buy a quilting foot then? Ive decided to go for one for my Singer 221K machine.


Another option is to increase the pressure above to compensate. I haven't tried it as I cannot lower the feed dogs or increase the pressure on my original machine. I'm doing meandering long lines until I can get another machine up and running. My main tip would be to practise on small pieces first of all. Theoretically you can do the quilting without any foot at all or with an embroidery foot on. Make lots of little mats. I'm improving slowly.

Meant to add that you can do this with the screw at the top of your sewing machine (directly above the needle on the top of the machine).

pookie



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 12 7:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I have finished block 2!! yay!

Photo will have to wait till camera batteries recharge however

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