Friday, 27 April 2012

Advice needed urgently!

Ok if you read this post you'll know I had some seriously quilty trouble?  Well, I've been working on a smaller project. Which is really rather secret at the moment so I can't share it with you now. Anyhow, I got to the quilting of said small item. A cushion cover backed with fusible fleece. I got out my trusty walking foot and started to quilt and er...uneven stitch length and the foot was stuttering about just like it did when I was trying to quilt my Hope Valley Quilt. Now doing that quilt I'd assumed the extra weight had meant the quilt was having trouble feeding.  It's now occurring to me that perhaps something is wrong with my walking foot. I can't see what though. Can you oil them like you would the moving parts of your machine? Have I done something really stupid and forgotten that I need to set something on my machine? Advice is needed because I don't want to go and buy a new walking foot if I'm doing something stupid. It's always worked fine in the past. And it does seem to be feeding the layers all together it just seems to be stuttering and struggling doing it then racing ahead when it can do it; the result being some really tight together stitches followed by some normal ones.  I don't think the problem is with my machine because when I switched to my regular foot sewing was fine!

  Walking Foot
Potentially dodgy walking foot.



14 comments:

  1. I don't have anything incredibly useful to offer other than checking to see with a small brush if there is link stuck in there. I know they can wear out.
    This site gives a few clues on how to check if it's broken.
    http://www.generations-quilt-patterns.com/quilting-foot.html

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  2. Have you checked that you've put it on correctly? With that bar over the top of the needle clamp? Have you checked that your feed dogs are up? Was the machine correctly threaded and the tension fine? (I think it must have been unless you rethreaded before putting on your regular sewing foot but I thought it was worth checking!) I hope you get it sorted soon x

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  3. Oh I can sympathise and empathise, I have been playing with screwdrivers and foul language all afternoon!
    Other than a good clean, and checking for rattles, I am no help xxx

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  4. Oh no Nightmare! There was a discussion in the Fresh Modern Quilts groups on Flickr about oiling walking feet.

    Have you tried cleaning out the bobbin case? Might not make any difference but I'm clutching at straws!

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  5. Hmm, I was going to suggest making sure the bar is over the top of the needle clamp but Helen beat me to it. (And yes, I have done that before!)

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  6. I am even less help than the others., unless you want someone to come and call it names and be rude. It is what I do to my machine bits when they misbehave.

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  7. ermmm sorry can't help I am only just getting use to machines for sewing!!
    xxx

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  8. Eeek sounds nasty. The only problem I've had with my walking foot is not attaching it properly (ie not catching the arm over the screw on my needle clamp) and using different threads in the main and bobbin threads, which sometimes caused a problem. Other than that, I'd call in specialist advice, I'm afraid x

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  9. Sorry, not sure what to advise either. My only problem I had with mine turned out to be because the screw holding it in place had somehow come loose, so it had rather a lot of play in it. I think there are some you can oil, but possibly best to call in the experts.

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  10. Sorry J, I've no experience of walking feet. Did you try it with different fabrics i.e. non-wadded fabric layers, just to see if it makes any difference? Hope you get sorted soon! Jxo

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  11. Oh no! I'm sorry, but I have no advice. I wish you good quilty karma...

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  12. can't be of any help, sorry. I think fmq is an art from the dark side: I've never known anything so stressful!!

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  13. Try spraying the working moveable parts with WD40 Jan.....it worked on mine :-)

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