I got this walking foot when I bought my new sewing machine, but it felt pretty pointless posting about it when all I could say was 'look what I got', so I decided to wait until I'd actually used it. And now I have, so...
Eeee, missus, look at my fancy new walking foot!
To be honest, using it was a bit anticlimactic. Mostly because it just got on with the job and didn't have a troupe of dancing girls with feathers in their hair doing the cancan when I took it out of the packet. Honestly, they sound so fabulous on the quilting blogs that I really felt something like this was going to happen.
But despite my (humorous) cynicism, it does seem to be pretty handy and I'm glad I got it. I did another baby rush job at the weekend and made some cushions for Baby Stash's new highchair. The seat was made from a bought chair pad which I cut to size and recovered (easier and cheaper than searching fruitlessly for a shop that sells foam) but the back ended up being some quilt wadding (because the chair pad foam was too thick).
So I did a bit of ad hoc quilting, and was even more slapdash than with the mattress cover. I just cut the wadding to the right shape, stuffed it into the case, made sure it was flat and stuck it under the walking foot. No pins or tacking, nothing.
And ok, I probably got away with it because it was such a small item, but I only got one bit of puckering and that was because I wasn't paying attention (due to Stashlet having a small fit of annoyance about something at that moment). But you can't see it in all that check madness anyway.
I was going to quilt the whole thing with small squares, but after an " I'm off to light the barbecue because people will be here in 20 minutes" warning from Mr G, I decided random sizes would be quicker.
And, as I said, it went without a hitch. The walking foot just tootled across the fabric (a gingham - 4 layers of cotton wadding - gingham sandwich) without any fuss and did the job in no time.
Obviously I need to test it out on something bigger too, but first attempts all point to it being money well spent.
One warning though, if you do decide to get one: make sure it's the right one for your machine. Mine's for horizontal rotary hook models, but you might need something else (and frankly, I couldn't tell you want a horizontal rotary hook is anyway, the bloke in the shop just gave me what went with the machine).
Oh, and can I just say: Yay! Gingham!