Let me show you how to make this adorable clover mini quilt. We’re going to be using a walking foot, so I’ll show you how you can incorporate this sewing machine attachment to help you finish your projects. The Even Feed Foot or Walking Foot, is used for sewing several layers of fabric, and is great for quilting, matching plaids or stripes and sewing fabrics with nap or pile, to keep them from shifting. This foot has its own set of feed dogs that work together with the sewing machine’s feeding system, for perfect fabric feeding! Be sure to watch the video!
- Clover Quilt Block
- Fabric for your project (I am using French Blue & Mint)
- Sewing Machine (Juki TL2010Q)
- Walking Foot for Juki TL Series
- Ruler and Chalk for marking
Anatomy of a Walking Foot
Let’s take a look at the anatomy of this walking foot.
First we have our presser foot lever. It’s in the shape of a fork which fits around the needle bar of your machine. Next, we have the foot clamp for the screw. This is attached to the post. Then we have our feed dogs, which work in conjunction with the machine feed dogs. Watch the video to see how easy it is to install. The trick is to make sure you have the foot clamp and the presser foot lever in the proper place before you install the screw. This dual feed dogs system will help keep your quilt top and quilt backing from shifting. You don’t have to use this just for Quilting. Many people use it for piecing also!
I think it is important to note that I also don’t recommend aftermarket accessories/parts as this can void existing warranty and cause issues. I recommend using EOM parts and accessories only.
Prepare for Quilting
Now that we have our walking foot installed, we can start quilting our quilt top. I’ve drawn a line for reference, because it’s the easiest way to get started. You don’t have to draw lines on your quilt top. If you feel confident enough in creating a straight line, then just skip the drawing or chalking step. For this project, I’m drawing lines and quilting lines that are 2 inches apart. You can certainly add a row of quilting in between each 2 inch mark which will add more interest and definition in your finished project. I am using a Sewline Chalk Pen and a TrueCut Ruler to help me create my quilting lines.
Quilting with a Walking Foot
Using a walking foot to finish your projects is an excellent way to start quilting your own quilts. Start with small projects like these and work your way into larger projects.
Sewing with this foot is very straightforward. Once it is attached, you can just sew like you would with a regular presser foot. Don’t go too fast. It works best at a slower pace, medium speed.
The Even Feed Foot or Walking Foot, is used for sewing several layers of fabric, and is great for quilting, matching plaids or stripes and sewing fabrics with nap or pile, to keep them from shifting. This foot has its own set of feed dogs that work together with the sewing machine’s feeding system, for perfect fabric feeding!
The Perfect Mini Quilt
This little 18 inch Lucky Clover Mini Quilt took me about a half hour to quilt with my Walking Foot. That doesn’t include the block assembly, trimming and binding but it makes for really cute project. This fits perfectly on my wall. It’s even kitty cat approved! Be sure to watch the video below and comment on your favorite use for the walking foot!