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    what is this for/

    I have a kenmore, not an antique, but when I was cleaning it last week I saw a lever in the head part and I have no idea what it is for. Nothing in the book either. Thought might be for the foot, but nothing happens that I can see when I move it. Here are two pics. one of the machine and one of the part marked 1 thr 4. Anybody know what it is for?
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    Ooops 1 thr 3. smile

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    That lever is the pressure of your presser foot. When I am sewing on a napped fabric (like velvet or the soft micro suedes), I can lessen the pressure so that marks on not left on the fabric. I just have to remember to reset it when I go back to cottons.

    There should be something in your manual; I remember reading about it once when I read mine but it's been so long ago.
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    I'm wondering if it might be to regulate the pressure of your foot. I never thought there was much difference whichever way I turn mine.

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    1-2-3 with an arrow pointing to the image of the pressure foot. Pressure foot tension control without a doubt.

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    well I had figured that was it, but I don't see as anything happens when I move it. So I wondered if it was some kind of magic they didn't want to tell me about. :-)




    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    1-2-3 with an arrow pointing to the image of the pressure foot. Pressure foot tension control without a doubt.

    Joe

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    I never notice any difference in the presser foot when I change the tension. I do notice a difference when I stitch. Mostly I use it when I'm doing gathering stitches. If I lower the pressure the fabric glides thru at a faster rate. It is easier to pull the gathering stitches.

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    karate lady,

    The only physical thing that happens when you move the lever is the spring that applies tension to the foot is compressed or released a bit.

    Joe

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    and under what conditions other than the one lady sewing on velvet, would this be used and how in the world would I know. OK so I am still learning after 77 yrs. sigh...


    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    karate lady,

    The only physical thing that happens when you move the lever is the spring that applies tension to the foot is compressed or released a bit.

    Joe

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    Some say you can try free motion quilting by dropping the feed dogs and zero pressure on the presser foot. It did not work for me.

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