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What is a Walking Foot Sewing Machine

Are you using the correct sewing machine for your needs? Are you trying to jam 1/4″ thick canvas under your old household sewing machine? Are you surprised your results are average at best? Choosing the right sewing machine for heavy duty applications will save you time and money. One of the hidden gems in the sewing machine industry are walking foot sewing machines. These industrial strength machines can power through many layers of thick fabric. Over the years, these sewing machines have also come down in price. That is a win-win for sewing machine enthusiasts and businesses around the world. Here is a photo of a walking foot sewing machine:

Walking Foot Sewing Machine

There are so many great advantages when you are using a walking foot sewing machine. One of them being the Higher Foot Lift. This is great if you are sewing real thick materials. Just being able to stick that extra 1-2mm of material under the presser foot can be a lifesaver. Here is a great picture that shows just how high the presser foot lift is on a walking foot sewing machine:

Walking Foot Machine Presser Foot Height

Another huge reason to look into getting your own walking foot sewing machine is the actual built in walking foot. This is the biggest advantage and difference when comparing to your regular household machine. This built in walking foot evenly feeds your material as it pulls your fabric from the top of the material. It works with your feed dogs which pull the bottom of the thick fabric for dual even feeding! Don’t be fooled by walking foot attachments. This machine has a built in, powerful walking foot.

Another advantage of a walking foot sewing machine is it’s like a mini full size industrial sewing machine. The motor is attached to the back of the machine-giving you the ability to lug the machine anywhere you want around your house or business. By the way, thousands of sailor take their machine on their boat with them. You can simply grip your machine from the middle housing and take it with you. The machine is about 35 pounds, so expect a little workout.

These walking foot machines are also extremely durable. They are built out of all cast iron and all the parts are completely metal. These parts will last you many, many years. It’s so important to buy quality, heavy duty parts- not cheap plastic gears and parts. These walking foot machines are made to last-period.

Walking foot machines aren’t usually sold in your neighborhood sewing and vacuum retail outlet. You’ll have to most likely purchase this style machine on the internet. Just make sure you at least get a 1 year parts warranty. That is about standard. Best of luck to you and all your sewing projects!

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How to Sew Curtains and Thick Material by HDSew

So you have decided to sew/make your own curtains for your home? Perhaps it’s a bit cold in the winter- so you decided to get some really thick material. Perhaps this thick material you purchased might be giving your standard home sewing machine some trouble. This article will walk you through all the steps that you are going to have to tackle to finish your project. The good news is, sewing curtains involves straight stitch sewing only. This is a great project if you are a beginner/intermediate in regards to sewing experience.

Step 1: Make sure and measure the window, but more importantly, the actual measurements of where you want your curtain to cover. For example, some people like their curtains to lay all the way to the floor, while others prefer the curtains to hang vertically only to the bottom of the window.

Step 2: Take these measurements to your favorite fabric store.

Step 3: If you haven’t selected your fabric, make sure and ask your fabric salesperson to teach you about grain-line and naps before selecting your curtain color. Make sure and give them your measurements, so they can sell you the proper amount of fabric.

Step 4: Make sure and use a rotary cutter when measuring/cutting your curtain material. A rotary cutter will keep all your cuts even. You’ll see the benefit in the end result.

Step 5: Sometimes measuring/cutting can be a bit frustrating. Make sure and cool off before you start to sew.

Step 6: There are a lot of do-it-yourself patterns out there. We recommend this if you are new to sewing. You won’t be confused by industry words.

Step 7: When sewing heavy duty curtains (or any thick material), we recommend using a HDSew PortaWalker Walking Foot Sewing Machine. This machine has a built in walking foot, which grabs the thick material from the top and bottom- giving you even feeding throughout the sewing process.

The Portawalker is also capable of using Industrial Grade Needles, which is important when sewing thick curtain material. These needles are much more efficient at penetrating your thick fabrics- than domestic sewing machine needles.

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Should I Purchase a Walking Foot Sewing Machine by HDSew

Are household sewing machines giving you problems? Maybe you attempting to sew 5mm of leather products – and you just keep skipping stitches and breaking needles. Don’t worry the problem is not you! You are just using a sewing machined not equipped to sew such a project. Many of our customers are sewing for business or income purposes. You really have to use the right tools for each sewing application. Check the gears and the assembly of your sewing machine- if you see any plastic assemblys or gears- it’s not you- it’s definitely your sewing machine.

Maybe you asked a friend or researched the internet…but you need a heavy duty sewing machine- a machine with all metal gears and internal parts. Next thing you should ask yourself is “what type of material am I sewing, how coarse is the material, and how many mm of thickess am I trying to sew?” These are the most important things to know when you pick out your next sewing machine.

For example, if you know that you are only going to sew 3mm thickness of lets say-denim material. You’ll need a heavy duty household sewing machine such as the HDSew PowerQuilter or HDSew PowerZigZag. These two machines will completely handle this application. But let’s say sometimes you have projects like canvas or leather materials up to 5-6mm in thickness. You will need the HDSew PortaWalker Walking Foot Sewing Machine. This portable industrial walking foot machine comes equipped with two very important mechanisms.

The first important mechanism is a built in walking foot. This two piece walking foot mechanism is composed of two sides- the inner side which holds down the fabric, and the outer side which helps feed the fabric through the sewing zone. The slippage is minimal due to the HD grips on the bottom of the walking foot. Your ultimate benefit in using this built in walking foot is even feeding and high quality stitches. The second important mechanism in our PortaWalker machine is a geared belt pulley system. Most sewing machines use a normal belt pulley system with no gears. When you use a geared system, you get ultimate penetration power so your needle doesn’t bend or break.

So just remember, if you are trying to sew 5-6mm thick you’ll need the HDSew PortaWalker sewing machine. The benefits you’ll receive from the built in walking foot mechanism and and the geared belt pulley will enable you to sew heavy duty projects for canvas, leather, boating materials, bags, camping equipment and much more. There is zero substitute for a built in walking foot. Normal household sewing machines don’t compare on any level. This is why it’s important to first ask yourself— “what type of material am I sewing, how thick in mm, and how coarse”. If you have any questions on which HDSew machine to purchase, please Email HDSew here.

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