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Thread: Walking feet...

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    years ago when I first wanted to learn to quilt I read that you needed a walking foot so I bought one. I tried it out once then put it up. Never got it out again. Well now that I"m actually quilting I'd like to use it but it won't work! I know that its for my kenmore machine.....only machine I've had for 12 years till I got my treadle last year. I've tried and tried and tried but can't get it to work. The needle hits and it breaks as soon as I turn the machine on. Is there a video out there anywhere or can someone talk me through this?

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    what does the needle hit when it breaks?

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    it hits the back of the walking foot. The piece just behind where the needle should go in.

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    it may be a low shank, high shank problem; different machine take different walking feet.

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    you might check to see if the foot is bent. I packed mine wrong one time and it bent just enough to make the needle hit wrong. In my case I was able to bend it gently back into shape.

    Also, did you try your needle with a regular foot to make sure it's the foot and not the needle?

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    Do you have the little bar over the screw on the side of your needle.

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    If you don't have the walking foot lined up correctly, before tightening down the screw, the needle will hit the back of the foot... I have had this happen with mine :wink:
    Unscrew the foot, and wiggle/adjust it into place and then retighten the screw. Hand crank the needle to make sure it clears the foot.

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    Mine does that too-don't feel bad. And after using it you have to keep tighting it. good luck

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    That's what I did today--walking feet--about 2 mi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by franie
    That's what I did today--walking feet--about 2 mi.
    :lol: :lol: :lol:

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