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

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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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7 Responses to “Differential on a Sewing Machine”

  1. Bebe

    How do you know what measurement you need to make a sleeveless blouse

  2. Janice Ludwig

    I have several of my mother's handkerchiefs of my mothers. I would like to put them into a small quilt. What weight of backing would I need among other issues I may not be aware of. I am an advanced beginner quilter

  3. Rechelle Ivy

    Why is my walking foot hopping and skipping and making a thumping noise while quilting

  4. 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

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  6. 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

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