Walking foot advice

February 3, 2010 14 Comments

Walking foot advice

February 3, 2010 14 Comments

I am in dire need of a walking foot to my Bernina 1230. But the original ones are super expensive here in Sweden, and buying from, say US or another non EU-countries, is not possible due to all the custom fees. So I have been checking out other options on Ebay and would love to get some feedback on these alternatives:

A. Buying a no-name copy for less than half the price.
B. Buying a generic walking foot and a shank adapter so that it fits the Bernina (the cheapest option).

Has anyone tried those cheaper options? And if so are they good enough, or just a waste of money?

Johanna Lundström

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  • Antoinette February 3, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    I don't have a Bernina, but I have a generic walking foot and I would not recommend it. I've broken a few needles using it because the edge of the foot gets right under the needle sometimes. I won't invest in the specific walking foot for my machine because I don't use it often, and I can see replacing my machine in the next couple of years.

    If your Bernina is The Machine For You, and you plan to hang onto it, I say drop the dough and get the walking foot that was designed for your machine.

  • Skitzo Leezra Studio February 3, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    I have a Sears Kenmore sewing machine and ordered a walking foot from eBay. Not sure if you would classify it as "no name" or generic but it works great and have had no problems with it at all.

  • The Coys February 3, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    I have been considering the same thing for my Bernina but will probably not end up doing so. The reason is that I bought a ruffler (generic) off of eBay a few years ago and it broke 2 times (they replaced it once and the second time I gave up). Just my 2 cents. Good luck and let me know what you decide!

  • Julie February 3, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    I bought numerous generic feet from SewingMachinesPlus.com and they all work great. They give you an extensive list of compatible machines for most of the presser feet. It took them almost 4 weeks to fill my order so that wasn't so good but maybe you can use their site to find a compatible generic walking foot.

  • Leslie in Austin February 3, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    A few years ago I shelled over a mint (even when it was on sale) for a genuine Bernina walking foot and have been very pleased with it. I see that our local dealership is having a 35% off sale on Sunday–I'm guessing that would make the price ~$115 US. If you'd like, I can pick one up and ship it to you. Might save you some money.

  • Sharon February 3, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    I would say save up to buy a genuine Bernina walking foot. It is worth it. Works tons better than the generic one I bought originally. I waited until they were doing a promotion at my local Bernina dealer (25% off). I bought a generic ruffler and have regretted it since. I'll be saving up for Bernina ruffler.

  • stitchywitch February 3, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    I had a generic walking foot for my old machine, and it was terrible. Broke on the 3rd use. I have a Bernina now (the 430) and I bought the walking foot when I bought the machine. I love that foot, and use it all the time with any fabric that looks like it might be even a little slippery. It's totally worth the money (I paid US$100 for mine during a sale.) Bernina feet are great, even if they are kind of expensive (I'm looking at buying 2 of them this week…)

  • Johanna February 3, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Thank you SO MUCH for the input guys!! It looks like the generic ones are a hit or miss, so I am in the Bernina corner right now. I don't want to make a bad purchase, even though the price for a foot is a bit shocking. The going Swedish retail price is around $200!! I have looked some more and they seem a little cheaper in UK, so I might order from there instead.

    And Leslie: You are so kind! Unfortunately I can't take you up on the offer, since nothing worth over $30 will slip thru the rigid Swedish customs, and fiddling with the custom declarations is not quite legit! Darn!

  • Susan February 3, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    I have a Bernina and purchased the walking foot, but haven't used it yet. I got it in October. Crazy, I know. Do you think you will really use it a lot? If so, go for the splurge, otherwise try the cheaper alternative.

  • JoanneM February 3, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    Do the right thing! You own a Bernina- buy a Bernina walking foot!!!!! You will not regret it.
    Quality-is economy!!!!

  • Melinda February 3, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    I'm having the same dilemma. I have a Bernina 951 and the walking foot costs NZ$280! That is massively expensive.

    I'll be watching with interest to see what you decide.

  • AniLiN February 4, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    I have a Bernina 1130 and bought a used walking foot. I got it for half the price here in Finland from the Bernina dealer. I have used it very much and it has worked fine.

  • Fiona February 12, 2010 at 6:37 am

    Hi there. There's an online company in my stall town in the UK that may be able to help. You can but ask! I know the couple personally and they are very helpful and reasonably priced. Their web address is http://sewingonline.co.uk/forsale/. Just found your blog by the way and love it!

  • Lieve February 24, 2010 at 10:28 am

    Hi, I have a Bernina and bought the original foot. It is expensive in Belgium but I bought it through ebay from a German seller. In Germany those things are much cheaper! And I have to tell you that I would not want to miss it anymore. It is a pleasure to work with. I use it all the time, especially with tricot. The upper fabric does not move differently at all! My opinion is that it is an investment worth your money. At the moment you can find on ebay such a foot : ebay object nr. 350289098627.

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