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Thread: free motion with no presser foot?

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    I am new to quilting and even newer to free motion quilting. Is there any harm in free motion quilting with no presser foot on the machine? I have noticed it would be very easy to get my finger in the way and sew my finger. Other than that it is very to move the fabic to where I want the needle to sew.

    Thanks in advance for your input.

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    My machines do not like sewing without a foot, there is nothing to help hold the fabric down while forming the stitches.
    If your machine will work without one, go for it. Just be very careful :D:D:D

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    i have done alot of free motion embroidery with out a foot Do watch the fingers. Also some machines do better than others and be sure to put the lever for the foot in the down position

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    it is worth it to get a darning foot than to go without a foot! I have never sewn my fingers and I know you can find plenty of stories of people who have on this forum.

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    You'll probably have a problem with stitch quality if you don't use a foot. The sewing machine stitch quality is made to have something hold the fabric down, even momentarily while the thread is pulled up through it. That's why a lot of long arm machines have a hopping foot - it only presses down while the needle is going through the fabric and pulling the thread up, not between stitches.
    And as you mentioned - the safety factor. Machine needles are not meant to be used surgically!

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    Please be careful I also have put a needle through my finger and it doesnt feel great

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    Needles also bend and break more easily with no foot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    My machines do not like sewing without a foot, there is nothing to help hold the fabric down while forming the stitches.
    If your machine will work without one, go for it. Just be very careful :D:D:D
    I am glad to know I am not the only one who has a machine that does not like to work as well without the foot ... I thought it was just an operator error LOL

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