Have you ever been sewing with a tricky fabric like chiffon or a silk material that is slippery and found it doesn't feed through your machine very well? Or perhaps you have stitched a material with a pattern and experienced a mismatch when you have come to the end of the fabric? These are common problems that can be experienced when a machine is giving uneven fabric feed.
What can be done?
It is possible to overcome this with what’s known as a Walking Foot (or sometimes called an 'Even Feed' foot). This foot attaches to your machine by firstly unscrewing and removing the shank and in it's place fixing the walking foot. It can be purchased on its own or some machines may come with one included.
How does it work?
The Walking Foot works with the feed dogs of your machine to feed the top layer of your work through the machine at the same rate as the bottom layer. It is great for when you are sewing with several layers as it will ensure that when you come to the end of the area you are sewing patterns match and the materials meet evenly. It is also great for patchwork and tricky fabrics, aiding with those silky, slippery fabrics that can cause so much trouble.
Built in Walking Foot
Pfaff are the original designers of the built in walking foot and call it ‘IDT’ Integrated Dual Feeder Technology. It is the same principle as the clip on walking foot but already exists on the machine. The main benefits of a built in system is that you don’t have to screw anything on it will work with a much wider range of presser feet. To find out more about Pfaff's IDT System click here or on the picture below to read our page about it.
Hope this brief explanation has been helpful!
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