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Chaly

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To practice my quilting, I started a small quilt-as-you-go project.  It's intended to be a pillow for a housewarming gift for a cat lover.  

Any quilt I make will need to be quilted on one of my machines so I thought I'd explore quilt-as-you-go to see how I like it.  Any comments on this approach?

Anyway,  as I was going along, I decided I needed a walking foot.  I was using my Singer 101 for the assembly and thought to bring out my Singer Swiss zig-zag attachment (160990).  I had heard this functions also as a walking foot if you disengage the zig-zag or pattern cams.  It worked just great so I though I'd share my experience.  There is an area on the toe that matches to a 1/4" seam and the stitch length is easily adjustable.  The attachment comes with a feed-cover plate so the sewing machine's feeds on not used.  I also used the attachment to add some quilting stitches at the some seam lines (see photo of kitty) using one of the cams and also using the zig-zag stitches.

I was lucky that this attachment came with one of my machines and am glad that for any of my future quilting I have a walking foot that I can use.

This is a good project for me since I can also get some more much needed practice on my free-motion work.  Currently, my Necchi Supernova is working very well for me in this regard.

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I humbly suggest you need no further practice, Chaly. That is fine work! Thank you for the tips on using the Swiss zz'er. I need one!
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Chaly, well done!  Lots of people do their own quilting using the quilt as you go method.  I have not done my quilts that way, but did start quilting on a domestic machine with a walking foot.  Learned a lot about the "drag" factor on that first, queen size quilt!
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Thanks, Lori - but I really do continue to need practice.  Mostly to get my stitch lengths more even.  I'm at the point though where I'll just accept what I produce and realize it is not perfection. What's working well for me is using my Necchi Supernova for the quilting and this machine is set up in a treadle so I have lots of motion to coordinate.  If you run across a Swiss zig-zagger without the cams - they are usually a lot cheaper and can still be used as a zig-zagger and walking foot (and I think one can purchase new modern made cams).  Also, you don't need the feed cover plate if it is missing if your machine drops its feeds.  Probably I'll use blended thread color for the quilting on my next few projects so the uneven stitching is not so obvious.

Mavis - I will need to be able to quilt on my domestic machines and I can't image free-motion quilting a queen on what I have - thus the quilt-as-you-go technique.  More projects ahead for me to test how this technique works for attaching blocks, etc.
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Thanks for sharing what you are doing, Chaly. Looks great! I am especially intrigued by the idea of using a zz attachment as a walking foot. I will have to get myself one so I can try that! I have a modern walking foot but I don't know how long its going to last. The presser foot part keeps popping off on one side when I go over thick parts/seams and then I have to snap it back in place. I have a Davis vertical feed that I also use for quilting but it's in my unfinished spare room right now. I like the idea of having a solid vintage walking foot. I do all my quilting on my vintage domestic machines, but I've only made one queen sized quilt and it had all straight-line quilting which I did on my Davis VF. After that I vowed never again to make another so large and just stick to throw sized or baby quilts! But who knows... 😉
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Thanks for sharing what you are doing, Chaly. Looks great! I am especially intrigued by the idea of using a zz attachment as a walking foot. I will have to get myself one so I can try that! ... 😉


The Swiss zigzagger has it's own feed (feeding from the top)- therefore the feed cover plate.  I'm not aware of any other vintage zigzag attachments that works this way so I'm not sure they would function as a walking foot - since you are feeding from the bottom.  I just wanted to clarify this difference.  I've seen off brands from Germany that are copies of the Singer Swiss zigzagger and they are much more affordable. If using as a walking foot you wouldn't need the complete set - the cams or the feed cover (if your feed dogs drop) and this could also be a savings.  I'm amazed at the price of these now - I was very lucky that mine came with one of my machines.  And I'm glad now that I've tried it out and can really use it.  
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I had no idea a zigzagger could be used as a walking foot! Thank you for planting that idea in my head! I think I have mostly buttonhole attachments, but I will have to root around and see if I have a zigzagger somewhere. The one in your photo does not look familiar, so I doubt that I have the right one, but I can now keep an eye out at yard sales, etc.
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When I searched for Swiss zig-zaggers on eBay they were all over a hundred dollars! You weren't kidding about the prices! Yikes!
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When I searched for Swiss zig-zaggers on eBay they were all over a hundred dollars! You weren't kidding about the prices! Yikes!


On the FB selling pages they are closer to $300 and they always sell.

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I have a Swiss zigzagger, it came with one of my Featherweights.  Its came in a white plastic box and has lots of cams. I've never used it.
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When I searched for Swiss zig-zaggers on eBay they were all over a hundred dollars! You weren't kidding about the prices! Yikes!


This one I knew. Have looked in every cabinet drawer I could for over two years. =)



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The attachment comes with a feed-cover plate so the sewing machine's feeds on not used.


For those not familiar with this z-z, when you set it up like Chaly describe, or alternatively drop the feed dogs, the z-z function actually moves the fabric sideways each time a stich is made. It sounds crazy, but it works very nicely!

I have some Swiss zig-zaggers, and when they are adjusted not to zig-zag, I use them with the sewing machine's feed dogs in the normal, raised position. I am only interested in the walking foot function. It is incredibly easy to feed several layers of fabric through the machine, when you have feed dogs working from both under and over the fabrics.
Just remember not to try to zig-zag with raised machine feed dogs, that makes a mess of things! [nono]

I tested one on a Pfaff 360, just for the walking feet function (the Pfaff has built-in z-z), and it was not successful. The fit to the shank was not good, so it would not sew in a straight line, and the resulting stiches did not look good.

Oh, and I have discovered that many people selling their grandma's old Singer, never Google the contents of the little white box. I have found 3 of the Swiss z-z's so far, 2 of them included with free giveaway machines! [smile]

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Chaly

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Olaf - You've really been lucky to run across all those Swiss zigzagger.  Mine also came with a machine - but here in the US I don't think they are so common.  

They do work great though as a walking foot.  I have not tried to use mine as a walking foot without the feed dog covers - but I have heard as you have also explained - that you can use it with your machine's feeds.  Maybe I'll experiment and try it without the cover plate.  Interestingly, I just used it to attach a quilt binding - so lots of thick layers - and it worked fine with the cover plate.  Do you have to coordinate your machine's stitch length with the attachment's stitch length when you are using it without the cover plate?

I think this is one attachment that really works well as a walking foot and is not just a novelty like many of the other zigzagger attachments.  
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