Do you need a special foot for free motion quilting?
As you’ve already found, Donna, yes, you most certainly can free motion quilt without a foot on your machine. For free motion quilting, we’re moving the quilt in all directions and controlling the stitch by the speed of the machine and the movement of our hands.
What is the best foot for free motion quilting?
The best foot fitting for your machine for beginning free motion stitching is the OPEN TOE HOPPING FOOT. Several suppliers offer free motion feet that will fit a range of machines, such as this metal open toe foot for Brother, Singer and Janome machines.
Do I have to use a walking foot to quilt?
The walking foot helps us turn our sewing machine into a quilting machine. The feed dogs work together, as one, grabbing and pulling the layers of your quilt through the machine. Without a walking foot, the standard presser foot would be pushing your quilt’s top layer towards you because of the bulk.
What is the best stitch length for free motion quilting?
Yes, for free motion quilting, set your stitch length to ‘0’. That way your feed dogs won’t be moving while you’re quilting because you don’t need them. Less wear and tear on those parts.
What is a hopping foot?
They’re “hopping” feet, which means that they move up and down a bit as the needle cycles up and down, providing the best contact with the quilt sandwich as each stitch is formed. Here’s an overview of the feet and their uses.