Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Time to Get my Dirty Feet off the Table!

I am really trying to get into this quilting thing. While reading a few quilting blogs, I ran across the sewing machine accessory called a "walking foot." A while back my oldest niece asked if I had a walking foot, and I referred her to my mom, the seamstress in our family. At that time, I didn't have the faintest idea what a "walking foot" was.

But now I do. And one for my late 1960's vintage super high shank Kenmore sewing machine will cost $50.00. Not just any old "walking foot" will fit my machine, so I suppose that I will just do without it in quilting my quilt. My mom said she never had one, and she made lots of quilts back when. So I will do without, too.

But in the meantime, I will keep an eye out for a cheaper genuine special walking attachment for my Kenmore that has sailed the Atlantic twice in its almost fifty year existence. 

Yesterday while thrifting, I found a box containing a huge assortment of Singer sewing machine attachments and feet. No luck with finding the foot I needed, but I have spent a few hours today identifying and labeling the accessories found in that sewing box. 

Who knows? Maybe I can make someone else happy with a Hemmer or Ruffler or Tuckmarker.

[I am partying at Ivy and Elephants.]


Anonymous said...

I have heard of the walking foot but I have never had one, I hope you manage to find it, I applaud you for identifying all those bits and pieces, big job,

Janie Junebug said...

A Ruffler would thrill me. I would willingly throw myself in a volcano for a Ruffler.


Mrs. Micawber said...

Some of the older machines had some fantastic feet. One gal I knew, who had a straight-stitch-only machine, had a buttonhole jig. I can't imagine how the thing worked but it did.

Walking feet are indeed pricey - I paid over $25 for the one I used to have, but it was worth it. You can certainly machine-quilt without one, but the layers can really shift. Baste well and stitch slowly would be my advice! :)