Quilters are familiar with the walking foot, and generally, they have one in their possession. However, many other generalist sewists aren't aware of the many reasons you need a walking foot and everything it can do for you.
This specialty foot is larger compared to the regular foot and more expensive but worth it. For the quilters, this foot is indispensable for stitching the quilt as one with no shifting of any layers.
There are 3 reasons why you should have the walking foot without any connection with quilting.
Let's start with the way your machine feeds a fabric beneath the needle. Usually, the two-layers of fabric is situated beneath the needle over the top of the feed teeth. Its presser foot rests over the fabric, and once the machine began its feed dog movement, it brings the teeth towards the back that takes the fabric. The teeth move continuously going back in the front, then repeats the cycle, running the fabric up until you stop the machine.
All-Purpose Foot versus the Walking Foot
What takes place is that a portation of fabric that comes in contact with its feed teeth is grasped by its presser foot as its second portion goes along with it. The fabric on the top layer does not move simultaneously, and when the seam finishes, the layers of the two fabric are a little mismatched.
How much relies on the kind of fabric sewn. Sometimes it isn't a problem, but there are some occasional issues with the finished project in other instances. Utilizing a walking foot eliminates this kind of trouble because it functions as a second batch of feed teeth on the fabrics' upper layers of fabric, this walking foot advances them at equal speed.
It's apparent why this one is important in quilting. Apart from having two-layer fabric, there's batting on the layers, which causes it to become heavier and more prone to sliding and shifting. It might lead to distorted stitches as well as puckering while you sew. However, if you aren't a quilter, this walking foot is still useful.
Let's take a look at the other three reasons why you need a walking foot:
Easily Sew Plastics and Leathers
Sticky materials are difficult to sew due to the inability of a presser foot to glide onto the surface. This walking foot feeds the material easily beneath the needle. Vinyl, plastics, leather, oilcloth, and other alike materials are easier to handle when using the walking foot.
Have a look at this article about Tips for Sewing Vinyl. In it, we show how using a walking foot is one of the better ways to sew this sometimes tricky material.
The Answer to Your Thick Seam and Heavy Fabrics
Due to their thickness, these bulky fabrics like upholstery fabric, heavy wool, and multiple terrycloth layers cannot feed well. This walking foot provides aid, and it makes the sewing of whatever weight fabric easily.
For more information, please have a look at this article regarding Tips for Sewing Denim. Denim is one of the thicker and heavier fabrics that home sewists commonly sew and a walking foot would make the job much, much easier.
Matching Stripes and Plaids the Right Way
Matching the plaids and stripes can be challenging. Despite the fabric slightly shifted, it is evident that asymmetric plaids give your project a homemade appearance. This walking foot solves the problem.