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Thread: free motion quilting with a Singer Rumina 3400

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    Hi. I was taking a quilting class and discovered this machine doesn't lower its feed dogs. Does anyone else have this machine and if so how do they machine quilt with it?

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    On my old Singer, the feeddogs don't lower, but there is a little plastic plate that fits over them so you can quilt. Did you check in your accessories to see if you have something like that?

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    Yes. I even went to the Singer store and the man said nothing can go over the feed dogs. There must be something I can do. It was an expensive machine.

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    Wonder if you could put a piece of heavy plastic (like a butter tub lid) over the feeddogs with a cutout for the needle and tape it in place. I don't know if that would hurt them or not.

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    cut a piece of sheet plastic (about like a 3x5 card) and tape over the feed dogs. Punch a hole for the needle.
    the hole should be larger than the needle.

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    My old kenmore came with what they call a darning plate, look up your machine brand and search for darning plate, I know when I had misplaced mine for a while I was going to order a plastic one. However I don't see why taping a thin plastic like mentioned above wouldnt work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bj
    On my old Singer, the feeddogs don't lower, but there is a little plastic plate that fits over them so you can quilt. Did you check in your accessories to see if you have something like that?
    I had a Singer computerized, I forget what model, that had a plastic thing you put over the feed dogs. I gave the machine to my DIL since I hated it so much. No more Singers for me.

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    On my new one the feeddogs lower. And I don't know how to do fmq, so it wasn't a problem with the other one. It wasn't until I got the new one that I realized what that plastic plate was for! (O: I like my touch and sew, but I've only ever had Singers, so nothing to compare to. I'm not good enough to justify spending big bucks on a machine. Plus it's strictly for fun for me. I don't do commissioned quilts or quilts that I might sell.

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    I have heard of using a playing card taped over the feed dogs. I've never tried it though.

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    I actually prefer leaving the feed dogs up when I free motion. I have more control of the fabric that way, & use a spring loaded foot & it works just fine. So you may want to try that on your machine...

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