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Thread: question about the Bernina Artisti 240

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    question about the Bernina Artisti 240

    Can someone tell me where the pressure-foot pressure adjuster is? My manual doesn't mention it at all. There is a little knob (not really a knob but you can turn it) on the body's far right side (actual side..not where the stitch choices are) that has a marking of I, IV, etc. on it. My manual doesn't even mention what that it. Is that the pressure-foot pressure adjuster?

    I'm quilting a flannel baby quilt with freemotion and running into all kinds of trouble because my darning foot keeps pushing the sandwich forward...not good.

    I had an old kenmore sewing machine that I clothing-sewed on for years that I wish i had back (daughter has it). It had a pressure-foot adjuster and was a work-horse machine. I wouldn't be having this trouble with it. ugh!

    Any help or suggestions appreciated.

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    Perhaps it is like my 3 yr old Viking.....it has a built in pressure foot sensor so there is no adjustment for pressure. I've never had any problem with it as long as I remember to set the settings for the type of sewing I am doing.

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    I think that what you are referring to is to adjust stitch balance... You should find that in your manual. I've never heard of adjusting pressure foot for FMQ? I'm certainly not an expert on it, so somebody might have other information, but the only thing I've heard of is to drop the feed dogs for FMQ. That's a button further down on the right side (I think, not near my machine).

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    I my 170 and 185 have pressure foot adjustment on the left hand side of machine. Right below manual thread cutter. Just wondering are you feed dogs down? Good luck. Wish I was there to help. Pat

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    yes...my feed dogs are down...so that's not it. On my Kenmore there was a button on the top that made the presser-foot push down harder on the fabric when it was sewing. You could loosen it when you were sewing really thick material...like blue jeans, etc.

    I don't know what that little knob is for on the right side of my machine (underneath that wheel that you use sometimes to start stiching) but I loosened it to the left about 1/2 between the roman numerals and it seems to have fixed the problem. It is allowing the darning foot to not be so close to the material when it comes up.

    Next time I'll use a thinner batting. I wanted my little bears and hearts to plump up on this quilt. I am using Mountain Mist low-loft that you can get from wal-mart. I quess I'll go back to the more expensive warm & natural.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dray965 View Post
    yes...my feed dogs are down...so that's not it. On my Kenmore there was a button on the top that made the presser-foot push down harder on the fabric when it was sewing. You could loosen it when you were sewing really thick material...like blue jeans, etc.

    I don't know what that little knob is for on the right side of my machine (underneath that wheel that you use sometimes to start stiching) but I loosened it to the left about 1/2 between the roman numerals and it seems to have fixed the problem. It is allowing the darning foot to not be so close to the material when it comes up.

    Next time I'll use a thinner batting. I wanted my little bears and hearts to plump up on this quilt. I am using Mountain Mist low-loft that you can get from wal-mart. I quess I'll go back to the more expensive warm & natural.
    I have the Bernina Artista 230 and I'm sure it is almost identical to your 240. Yes, that knob on the right is for the pressure adustment of the quilting sandwich. I never mess with mine but I have a long arm so I do not do any fmq on my Bernina.

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    Some sewing machines do not have a pressure foot adjustment. If you do have it, it should be on the top of the sewing machine.

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    There should be a dial on the side of the machine, the side closest to the needle--left as you are looking at it.

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