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    I hope someone can help me..I have a Bernina Artista 180 which I love and all problems so far have been operator error which I also hope is the case here. Here is the problem; when I sew with my walking foot i get the teeniest, tiniest stitches and no matter what I try I cant adjust the stitch length. I can adjust the stitch length with other feet on though.
    It isn't normally a problem unless I have to try to unpick stitches and that is almost impossible and takes forever.
    On the upside it is great for paperpiecing as the paper comes away so easily!
    Hope someone has encountered this problem and can help me!
    Note: I just measured the stitches and I can fit 5 stitches in a quarter inch.

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    I had this happen on my 440 but was able to adjust the length. I'll be watching to see why this is. Thanks for asking!

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    so sorry hate it when my toys dont want to play nice

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    Have you tried calling the Bernina 800 number? I had good luck with Viking when I had questions about my walking foot.

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    If you have a dealer near you maybe you could call and discuss it with them...or even take it in and show them what is happening and hopefully they can help you get the problem corrected.

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    This has happened with my Bernina, I was told this is a feed dog problem.
    One thing I would check is if it is installed right. If you have a instructions, check them
    If it works right for the other feet and not that one.. that is the only thing I can think of.
    I have put mine on wrong before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by suezquilts
    This has happened with my Bernina, I was told this is a feed dog problem.
    One thing I would check is if it is installed right. If you have a instructions, check them
    If it works right for the other feet and not that one.. that is the only thing I can think of.
    I have put mine on wrong before.
    I agree. Make sure that it's all the way on the shank and that the fork thingy is correctly installed on the screw that holds your needle. If the fork is not in the right spot the feed dogs on the foot won't coordinate with the feed dogs on the sewing machine and will throw the stitch length off. Oh, you didn't drop your feed dogs, did you? they should be up with this foot.

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    Do you have the screw that holds the needle in place on your machine between the bar on the walking foot that has a big "C" or some may call it a big "U" on it's side ??? THis bar goes up and down. Just take the foot completely off and then put it on again with the needle clamp in this big "C" and it will work. Sue

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess
    Quote Originally Posted by suezquilts
    This has happened with my Bernina, I was told this is a feed dog problem.
    One thing I would check is if it is installed right. If you have a instructions, check them
    If it works right for the other feet and not that one.. that is the only thing I can think of.
    I have put mine on wrong before.
    I agree. Make sure that it's all the way on the shank and that the fork thingy is correctly installed on the screw that holds your needle. If the fork is not in the right spot the feed dogs on the foot won't coordinate with the feed dogs on the sewing machine and will throw the stitch length off. Oh, you didn't drop your feed dogs, did you? they should be up with this foot.
    Thanks everyone for your help. I wish I dropped the feed dogs because then maybe my problem might have been solved...I just looked at the directions that came with it but they are not very clear..the best i can see is on the cover of the instruction leaflet and it looks like I have it on right...
    :cry: maybe a trip to the Bernina shop is in order. i will have to find another shop than the one I bought it from as they are rip offs (another story) at least I can still sew with it so on with my potholders :thumbup: 2 done 8 to go!

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    this is a silly answer but did you remember to attach the arm to the screw( for holding the needle ) on the right side. I forgot once and it was because of that..

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    Quote Originally Posted by soleegirl
    this is a silly answer but did you remember to attach the arm to the screw( for holding the needle ) on the right side. I forgot once and it was because of that..
    Yup, me too, make sure that black fork thing is wrapped around the screw. What you are describing has happened to me the first time I tried to use the walking foot outside of class :oops: . Also, are you using the the quilting sole for the walking foot? Two come in the box, I am not even sure what the other one is for, but do make sure that you have the correct sole for your walking foot.

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    thanks again everyone..i tried everything you all mentioned and one of them seems to have worked..as to which one I dont know but who cares its working! :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    Good news!
    If we used the walking foot everyday it would be simple to remember how exactly it goes on.

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    aint that the truth! :lol:

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    I had this happen recently, only to find out that I'd inadvertently pushed another stitch button while wrangling my quilt around while quilting. So, you might check to make sure all your stitch settings are where you want them to be. :thumbup:

    HTH

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    Quote Originally Posted by suezquilts
    Good news!
    If we used the walking foot everyday it would be simple to remember how exactly it goes on.
    I actually use my walking foot about 90% of the time--even when piecing. I find when I use my 1/4" foot for piecing, it seems the top layer always drags a little and ends up longer than the bottom layer. It's frustrating as it is harder to keep the 1/4' seam exact for piecing when I use the walking foot--but I just like using it because then both layers feed through the same. It is frustrating since I have a Bernina QE 440--so I have a quality machine. I love it otherwise. Am I the only one who uses their walking foot most of the time?

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    i find i use my 1/4 inch foot all the time as I have trouble keeping a consistent 1/4 in seam... :oops:

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    Here's a video from the Bernina site showing how to install the #50 walking foot that may be like the one you use. I thought it was pretty helpful, maybe you will, too.

    http://www.berninausa.com/product_de...5-i62-sUS.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quiltgranny
    Here's a video from the Bernina site showing how to install the #50 walking foot that may be like the one you use. I thought it was pretty helpful, maybe you will, too.

    http://www.berninausa.com/product_de...5-i62-sUS.html
    thanks will look at that when I get home as have to hurry off to work now.. :thumbup:

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