Originally Posted by Windseeker
Let me add something. In Don Casey's book, he states that a #18 is going to be a common size for canvas work. A needle up to size 22 may be needed. I'm looking at the manual online and it says standard needles 16x231 up to size 19 and 16x95 in all sizes. I just do not know what that means. Can I use an 18 or 22 needle?
See Machine Needles | Singer Sewing
for an explation on needle size. A quick guiide is what the manufactor of the sewing machine
Common sewing machines move the fabric
from the bottom with the top foot stationary. Needle in and out of the fabric
to create a stich. Bottom foot moves fabric to the stich lenght. Needle in and out to create next stich.
A walking foot machines works the same way except the top foot is movable. The top and bottom feet pinch the fabric and move the fabric.
Needle in and out of the fabric to create a stich. Bottom and top foot moves fabric to the stich lenght. Needle in and out to create next stich.
You can get walking foot attachments for machines. The difference is the attachment is move by friction of the bottom foot. A machine designed as a walking foot machine moves the top foot mechanically with the motor
A compound walking foot machine is one that inserts the needle in the fabric and moves for it's stich lenght. Needle in. Bottom and top foot moves fabric to the stich lenght while needle is in the fabric. Stich created. Needle out and needle moves to the stich length to create next stich.
Hope this helps.