chopping up a walking foot's "toes"

chopping up a walking foot's "toes"

Post by Leslie & The Furbabies in MO » Wed, 15 Feb 2006 00:34:26



My sewing machine dealer cut out the little bar across the front of my
basic sewing machine foot so that it's now an open toe foot- that was
his solution to my request for an open toe foot.  ;-)    The foot is
clear plastic with some metal reinforcements in the back area of the
foot.  I thought that I could make my walking foot into an open toe
foot as well- it's metal- by cutting out this area.  Has anyone tried
this?  Can you see any objections to cutting that area out?  Of course,
I will have my DDH file down any rough edges if we go ahead with this
idea....

What do you think???

Leslie & The Furbabies in MO.

 
 
 

chopping up a walking foot's "toes"

Post by Marcella Pee » Wed, 15 Feb 2006 00:55:51




Quote:
> My sewing machine dealer cut out the little bar across the front of my
> basic sewing machine foot so that it's now an open toe foot- that was
> his solution to my request for an open toe foot.  ;-)    The foot is
> clear plastic with some metal reinforcements in the back area of the
> foot.  I thought that I could make my walking foot into an open toe
> foot as well- it's metal- by cutting out this area.  Has anyone tried
> this?  Can you see any objections to cutting that area out?  Of course,
> I will have my DDH file down any rough edges if we go ahead with this
> idea....

> What do you think???

> Leslie & The Furbabies in MO.

I've heard big name quilt teachers recommend this for when you can't get
an open toe version for your machine.  Dunno why it would hurt anything
if you knew how to do it.

marcella

 
 
 

chopping up a walking foot's "toes"

Post by Bonnie N » Wed, 15 Feb 2006 01:15:56


I was considering doing that, when I finally got the nerve to try it, I
couldn't find the foot!  Well, that's the way things happen at my house -
I'll find it someday and then I'll do it!

--
Bonnie
NJ


Quote:
> My sewing machine dealer cut out the little bar across the front of my
> basic sewing machine foot so that it's now an open toe foot- that was
> his solution to my request for an open toe foot.  ;-)    The foot is
> clear plastic with some metal reinforcements in the back area of the
> foot.  I thought that I could make my walking foot into an open toe
> foot as well- it's metal- by cutting out this area.  Has anyone tried
> this?  Can you see any objections to cutting that area out?  Of course,
> I will have my DDH file down any rough edges if we go ahead with this
> idea....

> What do you think???

> Leslie & The Furbabies in MO.

 
 
 

chopping up a walking foot's "toes"

Post by Tari » Wed, 15 Feb 2006 01:37:31


The darning foot is one that used to get 'cut into'.
There are more feet available now than there used to
be for many machines.  Definitely something to check when
you are shopping for a new machine.  Just what feet
are available and what they cost.
Taria
Quote:



>>My sewing machine dealer cut out the little bar across the front of my
>>basic sewing machine foot so that it's now an open toe foot- that was
>>his solution to my request for an open toe foot.  ;-)    The foot is
>>clear plastic with some metal reinforcements in the back area of the
>>foot.  I thought that I could make my walking foot into an open toe
>>foot as well- it's metal- by cutting out this area.  Has anyone tried
>>this?  Can you see any objections to cutting that area out?  Of course,
>>I will have my DDH file down any rough edges if we go ahead with this
>>idea....

>>What do you think???

>>Leslie & The Furbabies in MO.

> I've heard big name quilt teachers recommend this for when you can't get
> an open toe version for your machine.  Dunno why it would hurt anything
> if you knew how to do it.

> marcella

 
 
 

chopping up a walking foot's "toes"

Post by Marcella Pee » Wed, 15 Feb 2006 02:10:42


Well, both Alex Anderson and Sally Collins have mentioned in classes I
have been in about cutting out the bar in the walking foot.  So no, it
isn't just the darning foot.

marcella


Quote:

> The darning foot is one that used to get 'cut into'.
> There are more feet available now than there used to
> be for many machines.  Definitely something to check when
> you are shopping for a new machine.  Just what feet
> are available and what they cost.
> Taria




> >>My sewing machine dealer cut out the little bar across the front of my
> >>basic sewing machine foot so that it's now an open toe foot- that was
> >>his solution to my request for an open toe foot.  ;-)    The foot is
> >>clear plastic with some metal reinforcements in the back area of the
> >>foot.  I thought that I could make my walking foot into an open toe
> >>foot as well- it's metal- by cutting out this area.  Has anyone tried
> >>this?  Can you see any objections to cutting that area out?  Of course,
> >>I will have my DDH file down any rough edges if we go ahead with this
> >>idea....

> >>What do you think???

> >>Leslie & The Furbabies in MO.

> > I've heard big name quilt teachers recommend this for when you can't get
> > an open toe version for your machine.  Dunno why it would hurt anything
> > if you knew how to do it.

> > marcella

 
 
 

chopping up a walking foot's "toes"

Post by KJ » Wed, 15 Feb 2006 02:45:57


Harriet Hargrave used to do this to the Berninas she sold at her store
before they started to make them that way.  I think she used a Dremel tool
to shave away the opening and smooth it out.
KJ

Quote:


>> My sewing machine dealer cut out the little bar across the front of my
>> basic sewing machine foot so that it's now an open toe foot- that was
>> his solution to my request for an open toe foot.  ;-)    The foot is
>> clear plastic with some metal reinforcements in the back area of the
>> foot.  I thought that I could make my walking foot into an open toe
>> foot as well- it's metal- by cutting out this area.  Has anyone tried
>> this?  Can you see any objections to cutting that area out?  Of course,
>> I will have my DDH file down any rough edges if we go ahead with this
>> idea....

>> What do you think???

>> Leslie & The Furbabies in MO.

> I've heard big name quilt teachers recommend this for when you can't get
> an open toe version for your machine.  Dunno why it would hurt anything
> if you knew how to do it.

> marcella

 
 
 

chopping up a walking foot's "toes"

Post by Polly Esthe » Wed, 15 Feb 2006 04:03:41


I have a Dremel.  You all just bring your feet to the Swamp and we'll have a
podiatrist party . . . or is that someone who removes evil spirits from a
house?  My how my mind does zigzag.  Polly
"Bonnie NJ"  wrote >I was considering doing that, when I finally got the
nerve to try it, I
Quote:
> couldn't find the foot!  Well, that's the way things happen at my house -
> I'll find it someday and then I'll do it!

 
 
 

chopping up a walking foot's "toes"

Post by Bonnie N » Wed, 15 Feb 2006 04:06:58


I never did have a pedicure...maybe I should visit the swamp ;-)

--
Bonnie
NJ

Quote:
>I have a Dremel.  You all just bring your feet to the Swamp and we'll have
>a podiatrist party . . . or is that someone who removes evil spirits from a
>house?  My how my mind does zigzag.  Polly
> "Bonnie NJ"  wrote >I was considering doing that, when I finally got the
> nerve to try it, I
>> couldn't find the foot!  Well, that's the way things happen at my house -
>> I'll find it someday and then I'll do it!

 
 
 

chopping up a walking foot's "toes"

Post by Sandy Foste » Wed, 15 Feb 2006 05:29:44




Quote:
> My sewing machine dealer cut out the little bar across the front of my
> basic sewing machine foot so that it's now an open toe foot- that was
> his solution to my request for an open toe foot.  ;-)    The foot is
> clear plastic with some metal reinforcements in the back area of the
> foot.  I thought that I could make my walking foot into an open toe
> foot as well- it's metal- by cutting out this area.  Has anyone tried
> this?  Can you see any objections to cutting that area out?  Of course,
> I will have my DDH file down any rough edges if we go ahead with this
> idea....

> What do you think???

> Leslie & The Furbabies in MO.

Before Bernina came out with the dual-soled walking foot (giving us a
choice of closed- or open-toes versions), my walking foot was cut out
that way. I'd taken a machine quilting class from Harriet Hargrave, and
she told everyone in the class that she recommended the procedure and
would do it for us for a nominal fee. I took her up on it, but I think
that someone who is handier than I am with tools could easily do it
him/herself. Go for it!
--
Sandy in Henderson, near Las Vegas
my ISP is earthlink.net -- put sfoster1(at) in front
http://home.earthlink.net/~sfoster1

AKA Dame Sandy, Minister of Education

 
 
 

chopping up a walking foot's "toes"

Post by Tari » Wed, 15 Feb 2006 08:07:56


I'm trying to be good here about spending money these
days.  <BG>
I haven't seen it.  Anyone have one to brag about?
Taria
Quote:

> Speaking of shopping for machines <vbg>  Anyone see that new Elna one??  
> 7200???  It's beautiful..... would love to shop that one more <vbg>

> Jan



>>The darning foot is one that used to get 'cut into'.
>>There are more feet available now than there used to
>>be for many machines.  Definitely something to check when
>>you are shopping for a new machine.  Just what feet
>>are available and what they cost.
>>Taria




>>>>My sewing machine dealer cut out the little bar across the front of
>>>>my basic sewing machine foot so that it's now an open toe foot- that
>>>>was his solution to my request for an open toe foot.  ;-)    The foot
>>>>is clear plastic with some metal reinforcements in the back area of
>>>>the foot.  I thought that I could make my walking foot into an open
>>>>toe foot as well- it's metal- by cutting out this area.  Has anyone
>>>>tried this?  Can you see any objections to cutting that area out?  Of
>>>>course, I will have my DDH file down any rough edges if we go ahead
>>>>with this idea....

>>>>What do you think???

>>>>Leslie & The Furbabies in MO.

>>>I've heard big name quilt teachers recommend this for when you can't
>>>get an open toe version for your machine.  Dunno why it would hurt
>>>anything if you knew how to do it.

>>>marcella