|walking foot on the machine|
|a white plastic part of the foot catches the needle screw and rises and falls with the needle. That lifts the teeth of foot to pull the fabric under the needle on top, matching the action of the lower feed dog teeth.|
I decided to do a test swatch and quilted a pot holder square with the walking foot before I began on the quilt. it worked really well!
Then I added a bunch of new safety pins to the quilt to secure the layers. Then I began quilting the bigger project. It works, it moves along so much better than the flat foot did. The walking foot pulls the fabric on top with teeth just like the "feed dog" does on the bottom under the foot. They move along in unison under the needle sewing very smoothly. The thick fabric, batting and backing is a fat sandwich of materials to pass under the needle of the sewing machine. It still needs to be basted together before sewing and I tried the safety pin basting trick. I was disappointed they didn't work perfectly but this was my first try using them. I bought a bunch more to make sure I had them pinned in about every six inches. It looks, as Keith says, kind of punk rock with so many safety pins.
|quilt top with safety pins.|
|detail of the quilting with safety pin basting|
|back striped side of the Williamsburg fence quilt|