How to use the Even Feed Foot

The Even Feed Foot, sometimes called a “Walking” Foot, is helpful when sewing several layers of fabric together. Most often used when quilting, the Even Feed Foot easily “walks” over the fabric layers. This is because the foot has its own set of feed dogs that work in conjunction with the machine’s feeding system. The upper feeding mechanism “pulls” the top fabric at the same rate at the machine’s feed dogs are pulling the bottom fabric. This helps to keep the layers together, prevents shifting and bunching of the top layer. The Even Feed Foot is also great for matching plaids or stripes and sewing fabrics with nap or pile.

The existing presser foot shank need to be removed from the machine before attaching the Even Feed Foot.
This attachment has an arm that sits above the needle clamp. Position the even feed foot onto the presser bar so that the arm sits above the needle clamp. Tighten the side screw securely so that the attachment doesn’t work itself loose while stitching. Select a straight stitch.

Tip: You may wish to increase the stitch length to 3.0mm or longer if sewing through heavy thicknesses.

If desired, draw stitching guide lines onto the fabric before sewing the quilt layers together using a fabric marking tool and ruler. Place the fabric under the presser foot and begin to sew.
Lower the presser foot, then sew the layers together.

When sewing seams in plaid or napped fabrics, place the fabrics, right sides together, under the presser foot. Lower the presser foot, then sew the seam.

Texture FabricĀ – Create texture in fabrics by stitching parallel rows across the fabric. Then for added interest, create more parallel rows that run down or diagonally, crossing over the other rows. Use a straight stitch or decorative stitch for even more appeal. The textured fabric can be used in tote bags, hand bags or even pockets and collars. To speed up the process, use the edge of the even feed foot as a guide to stitch rows that are close together. This saves time, eliminating the need to mark the rows beforehand.