Differential on a Sewing Machine

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In Aurora’s differential video, she talks about differential feed on a serger. My question is, does a regular sewing machine have a differential? I found I needed to buy a walking foot so that my sewing was without pulling or pushing. Is there something I should fix on my sewing machine?

Submitted by Fran

NSC Answer

Differential feeds are found on sergers and overlock machines while most regular sewing machines have an even feed. Are you sewing with thick fabric or multiple layers of fabric? If so, it is not uncommon to need a walking foot. However, you shouldn’t need to be pulling or pushing your fabric through your machine as it should be doing that for you. There is a speed setting on most machines for the feed dogs. Try adjusting that faster or slower and see if that gets rid of the pulling and pushing problem.

Hope that helps!


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8 Responses to “Differential on a Sewing Machine”
  1. michelle

    How do you combine 2 different size pieces for a dress. My top half is smaller than bottom half. How do you combine the 2 different size pieces to sea a dress?

    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hi, Michelle. Is the bottom half intended to be gathered so that it is the same size as the top half when it is attached?

    • Helen Maglio
      Helen Maglio

      Hi Michelle, I just noticed the date of this question….It looks llike an old question, but What did you end up doing for your dress? I was going to reply to check that you cut out the correct sizes for each piece….also, like the other person replied, maybe there was an intentional gather or easing that you would need to do so that the two pieces sew together. I’d love to hear your response.

  2. Sandy Burgher
    Sandy Burgher

    I would like to know about my machines Janome and cheap serger if they will do what your classes suggest before I buy them I also have a feather weight Thank you Sandy

    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hi, Sandy. You can follow along in all of the serger classes with any brand of machine. Even though it may not be the same brand of machine used by the instructor in the classes the practices and techniques will still be the same.

      You can also use your featherweight machine for any of the sewing projects as well as long as it can do basic sewing like forward and backwards straight stitching and a zig zag stitch (if needed for a certain project).

  3. Mickey Epps
    Mickey Epps

    My machine is a day old just bought it this week..and already I’m experiencing machine lock up could you assist me please

    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hello Mickey,

      What machine are you using, please?

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