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Thread: Walking Foot for a Featherweight Question

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    Red face Walking Foot for a Featherweight Question

    I recently bought a new sewing machine; the Janome 6600, which has a built in walking foot. I already had a low shank walking foot for the Quilter's Dream 3160, a Janome low shank machine which I traded in for the new Janome.

    So, now I'm wondering if that Janome low shank walking foot will work on my Low Shank Featherweight machines. I'm afraid to even try it; scared I will mess up my Featherweights.
    Karen in Kentucky

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    I will certainly watch this one I also have a Featherweight that my mother gave me. I named her Lenora, my mothers middle name. Had her cleaned and she just sews wonderful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wildwoodflower12390 View Post
    I will certainly watch this one I also have a Featherweight that my mother gave me. I named her Lenora, my mothers middle name. Had her cleaned and she just sews wonderful.
    That's a name you don't hear very often. If you read my name backwards - you will see why I like it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aronel View Post
    That's a name you don't hear very often. If you read my name backwards - you will see why I like it.
    I totally understand your anxiety. I snapped a foot from a high shank Necchi on my Singer 401 and got it out of timing in 2 seconds.... The Necchi foot was a bit taller than the slant feet.

    I don't know why it wouldn't fit if it is a low shank walking foot. But as a precaution, take a good look at the walking foot. Does that shank look to be the same height when held up to an attachment that really does go on your machine? Then if it seems so (it should) try it on the machine. Don't let it snap down hard and fast - do it slow & don't run it yet. Then look and see if there is anything it needs to clear - thread cutter? anything it would hit. Then test it by hand turning it. Does it work for a couple inches? If so try running the machine.
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    I like the name Lenora, and had I had the forsight in my 20s when my daughter was born she would have Lenora in her name...one of those life lessons. I have not seen your name before, and I would guess like Lenora, your name Aronel has a nice 'flow'.

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    My DH modified a generic walking foot that I can use on my featherweight as well as an old Pfaff. It has worked just fine. I have quilted many small quilts and wall hangings with it on my featherweight. I got the walking foot at the Singer store in Chicago.
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    I wouldn't risk it. I tried a low shank walking foot that came with a brother machine and after sewing a couple of seams, the screw had somehow tightened so much I couldn't get the walking foot off of my FW! My DH wasn't strong enough either, but he worked and worked at it until he got it loose. It did scratch the FW a tiny bit also. I was in tears through the whole thing! I ordered one from April's 1930's that she guaranteed would work with a FW and it does a great job! http://www.april1930s.com/
    Linda
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    I purchased an Alphasew walking foot for my featherweight and have had very good luck with it.
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    Hi,
    Iwas told it wouldn't because the feed dogs on a featherweight are narrower than most low shank machines, so you need the one made for the featherweight.

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