Open Toe Walking Foot

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Walking Foot (Open Toe) for Embroidery models

The Open Toe Walking Foot offers precise control of fabric, and is especially helpful when working with layers of fabric, or those that may shift or pucker. Feed dogs are incorporated into the foot itself which work in conjunction with the machine feed dogs to feed fabric layers evenly. The open toe configuration allows for a clear view of your work. Use it for quilting, matching plaids, leatherwork, and any task that requires superior fabric control.
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I have done several projects lately where I wished that I liked using my walking foot. It came with my machine and I tried it and I really couldn’t see where I was stitching and that was pretty much the end of my walking foot use.

Making Deirdre’s pencil roll last week, which actually calls for a walking foot in the directions,  rekindled my wish for a Janome ‘F’ Foot with clamp-on functionality like a walking foot. The Janome ‘F’ foot is clear and I can see exactly what is going on under the presser foot.

I am friends with Janome Sewing Machines on FB and those people are responsive (another reason to love my Janome). Periodically they talk about a new foot or provide a project to fans on their fan page. Something they said last week reminded me of my wish. I made a comment and they got back to me, also in a comment, and then they posted information about this new-to-me open toed walking foot. I called my dealer to find out the cost and if it works with my machine. It was just under $30 and does work with my machine.  Because I think I am at a point in my quilting where this foot would add to my technique when I quilt the Tarts, I bought one. They will mail it to me and I plant to quilt a table runner first. I’d like to try it out and practice before I ruin the Tarts.

I am curious to know if any of you have a similar foot and what you think about it. Do you use it? Is it as great as it sounds?

Author: Jaye

Quiltmaker who enjoys writing and frozen chocolate covered bananas.

7 thoughts on “Open Toe Walking Foot”

  1. My Janome has a built in walking foot……..not really an open toe as such but good visibility and it does a wonderful job. I have had this machine for about 6 months now, used it exclusively since I got it and I have to say I LOVE it!!!!
    I purchased their convertible quilting foot for free motion….3 feet in one It is awesome!

    1. Jill,
      I would love to see a photo of your machine or at least know what model you have. Do I remember correctly that you won this machine? I have never heard of a Janome with a built in walking foot, but that sounds great!

    1. Thanks for the reminder! I can’t always keep all the details in my head. I see the built in walking foot in one of the photos farther down. Do you have to put an additional walking foot on (I have a Janome 9K and my walking foot is really big and clunky) or does the one built in do the job?

  2. Hi jaye, I do not have a Janome but do use my walking foot a lot on my Bernina for attaching borders, sashings and long straight line sewing. I can’t find your email… email me and I can send you back some info on how you can attach a pocket to your pencil wrap, you asked about.

    1. Good to know! I am trying to train myself to look at ahead rather than right at the needle, but it doesn’t matter if I can’t see anything. Thanks for reading and commenting, Monique.

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