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From: Selene
Date: 02-26-2005, 08:05 AM (1 of 2)
Hello there, this may seem like a stupid question, but then again I am a beginner. I wanted to know what the difference between a roller foot and a walking foot was. I have heard that they're both good for sewing thin difficult fabrics, as well as velvets etc. Which would be the best to use? :monkey:
User: Selene
Member since: 03-03-2004
Total posts: 71
From: toadusew
Date: 02-26-2005, 09:47 AM (2 of 2)
I don't know if I'll be able to explain this very well or not. Hopefully, someone else can also help. Anyway, here goes--a roller foot has a little roller on it--sort of looks like a very small paint roller--that helps it glide the fabric along. A walking foot has two little teethed feet that "walk" across the fabric. It's a bit noisy (at least my walking foot is noisy), but it does keep the fabric from shifting as you're sewing.

I would highly recommend Sandra Betzina's book "More Fabric Savvy" as a resource for which presser feet to use with different fabrics. I just looked up velveteen in that book, and she recommends either a roller foot or a walking foot--so it appears that either one would work on that particular fabric. She recommends using a roller foot or teflon foot with vinyl fabric.

I'm not sure that I have explained this very well at all, but hopefully, it at least gets you pointed in the right direction. I'm sure some more experienced seamstresses will be along shortly and can answer this better than I have. :smile:
User: toadusew
Member since: 01-08-2005
Total posts: 369
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