Clover Mini Quilt Walking Foot

How to use a Walking Foot

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!

How to use a walking foot

Supplies

Anatomy of a Walking Foot

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

prepare for quilting with a walking foot

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

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

Mini Quilt with Kitty

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!

If you’d like to make your own Lucky Clover Mini Quilt, add the Quilt Block Pattern to your cart and get sewing! Be sure to share your finished project in my Facebook Group or tag me on Instagram!

Happy Quilting!

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How to get PERFECT Seam Allowance

In this tutorial, I will show you several different ways to achieve a perfect seam allowance for your sewing projects.  

Using my Juki TL2010Q sewing machine, I will introduce you to several different tools that will get you sewing like a pro!

In this tutorial, I will show you several different ways to achieve a perfect seam allowance for your sewing projects.  Watch the FREE video tutorial and start sewing like a PRO! #SeamAllowance #SewingSkills

Tools for Seam Allowance

Washi Tape

The 1st tool is something that you may have already at your house.  Washi Tape is an easily available and inexpensive product.  Simply place washi tape on the faceplate of your sewing machine.  Usually, there are seam lines that are already embossed on your faceplate.  To get started you can align your washi tape at the quarter-inch marking.  Once you’ve aligned your tape, against your desired seam allowance marking, you can simply position the edge of your fabric against the edge of the washi tape.  This technique is quick and easy and can provide excellent results!  I use a seam guide to ensure that my seam allowance is correct!

Magnetic Seam Guide

In this tutorial, I will show you several different ways to achieve a perfect seam allowance for your sewing projects.  Watch the FREE video tutorial and start sewing like a PRO! #SeamAllowance #SewingSkills

The second tool I want to show you is the Magnetic Seam Guide.  This gadget has a strong magnet on the back and will hold into place on your sewing machine faceplate. To use this tool, simply locate your desired seam allowance and align the edge of the magnetic seam guide to the edge of the seam allowance line. (What makes the magnetic seam guide better than washi tape is the raised edge of the guide.  It is much easier to hold the fabric edge next to the magnetic seam guide.) You can easily move the guide further in or further out – depending upon the seam allowance you might need for different projects.

Quarter Inch Presser Foot

In this tutorial, I will show you several different ways to achieve a perfect seam allowance for your sewing projects.  Using a 1/4

One of my favorite ways to get a great seam allowance is by using a Juki Brand quarter-inch presser foot. While this foot doesn’t come standard with the Juki TL2010Q; it is easily purchased aftermarket. These feet are super simple to switch out. You just remove the side screw and replace the foot. Once you have the new foot in the place you can just begin sewing.  This foot is specifically for a quarter-inch seam allowance. This specialty sewing foot is particularly great for making quilt blocks.  

Marking a Sewing Line

In this tutorial, I will show you several different ways to achieve a perfect seam allowance for your sewing projects.  Using a Frixion Pen and an Acrylic Ruler is just one of the ways to help you create perfect seam allowance.  Watch the FREE video tutorial and start sewing like a PRO! #SeamAllowance #SewingSkills

One of the last ways to sew with perfect seam allowance is by marking your sewing lines. Whenever I mark my sewing lines, I like to use a Frixion Pen.  These pens are super useful. The magic is when you apply heat. You simply mark on your fabric and then press with your hot iron and the marks magically disappear.  Now, I will tell you that I only use these pens for marking my sewing lines.  I never use these in an area that won’t be hidden by stitches or a seam allowance.  To mark your sewing line, just lay your acrylic ruler over the edge of your fabric.  Draw your line, right against the edge of your ruler. Sewing lines are also very helpful if you are new to sewing and need that extra bit of visual help.

Be sure to watch my video tutorial, which shows you how to use each of the above tools mentioned.  

Watch the Video

In this tutorial, I will show you several different ways to achieve a perfect seam allowance for your sewing projects.  Watch the FREE video tutorial and start sewing like a PRO! #SeamAllowance #SewingSkills

I hope this article gave you some ideas and help in order to achieve a perfect seam allowance. Be sure to check out my Facebook Group and Instagram Stories for more inspiration!

Happy Stitching!

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