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Thread: Changing feet on non-Bernina machines?

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    Super Member LucyInTheSky's Avatar
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    My first sewing machine was a Hsqvarna (except they spelled it right), very inexpensive machine (did what I needed it for). To change the feet, there was a screw driver and a tiny little screw. You unscrewed, hoped you didn't lose it, and tried to rescrew it on. Pain.

    I switched to Bernina about 2 years ago. Probably my favorite feature on my machine is how easy it is to change the feet. Open lever, pull off foot, put on new foot, close lever.

    So my question to y'all - what are other machine brands like? I knew I wanted a Bernina when I upgraded... meant to look at Pfaff and Babylock but fell in love with my machine when I first saw it

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    I have the Aurora 440 QE and I love it. Been my faithful companion for over 3 years.

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    iI have used two Kenmore machines. The nice thing is that for only a few of the feet you have to use the screw. The top part of the foot is a holder of the snap on thingy. Pushing a button on the back releases the bottom part of the foot and snap on again to replace it. Very easy too. Only the FMQ and the walking foot require the srew.

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    I have a Kenmore and a Bernina, I like them both. Bernina has a lever, the Kenmore's feet snap on.

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    I have a Babylock Ellegante2. Love it. :D :D :D

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    My Brother's feet snap on.

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    My Janomes have the feet that snap on except the walking foot and the darning foot. Those you have to unscrew from the machine. Love love love my machines

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    My first computerized machine - about '88 - was a Viking (Husqvarna), and it had snap-on feet. I upgraded to Pfaff 10 years later, because I needed a new machine, and Pfaff has built in even-feed - and snap-on feet. I now own 3 Pfaffs and love them. If I could talk myself into it, I'd buy the Brother Quattro! I used one at a recent Sit and Sew in Tucson, and it does everything but cut out templates and unsew mistakes. It even sews 1/4" WITHOUT THE SEWER HOLDING THE FABRIC! You have to see it to believe it.

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    My bottom-of-the-line, workhorse, never-causes-me-any-trouble Brother also just snaps most feet right on. Very handy. There are a very few feet, like the walking foot, that do have to be screwed on.

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    My machines also have snap on feet... you can also purchase the ankle for a lot of machines and turn them into snap on feet compatible too :wink:

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    Both my machines a Singer and a Janome have that little lever where the foot pops off and you can put a new one on. I did find out that for the darning foot and the walking foot that whole assembly comes off.

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    On the Janome Jems, it's so easy to change the foot that I sometimes take it off without meaning to... The release is where a different feature is on my usual machine (a Bernina) and I reach back and hit it, lol.

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    Pfaff feet snap-on. I have 2 Pfaffs, the feet can be used on either machine. I love my Pfaff.

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    My Pfaff has snap on feet. Except the darning foot. I love snap on. So easy.

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    I have snap on except for the quilting and walking foot. My machine has good size thumb screw, one you use a screwdriver on and the other does have slot for driver. My sister's machine has that tiny screw about the size of the screw that holds the needle in. I hate that.

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    I have two Janomes - both of them of the snap on feet. One has the walking foot that you put on and the other janome has the walking foot attached which is quick and very easy to use. Love that feature.

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    I have a singer, have never changed the foot.

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    So by snapping on the feet... is it something that you could break? Or it could come loose if you don't snap it in sufficiently? I'd need to see it... I'm imagining myself breaking it while trying to unsnap

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    Super Member LucyInTheSky's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oklahoma Suzie
    I have a singer, have never changed the foot.
    Lol, good solution :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by LucyInTheSky
    Quote Originally Posted by Oklahoma Suzie
    I have a singer, have never changed the foot.
    Lol, good solution :D
    I think so. :-P

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    I have a Bernina 440 which I love. Also have an older Pfaff - the feet snap on - very easy. Love both these machines.

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    My old Bernina has the little level that attaches the feet. The Pfaff has the snap on and the walking foot is built in and be engaged or taken up and not used. Nice feature.

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    I have a new Husqvarna computerized quilt machine and just about all the feet are snap on and off except for walking foot and darning foot. I have no problems with the screw.

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    I have a Babylock ellure. Feet snap on and off. I really like it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oklahoma Suzie
    I have a singer, have never changed the foot.
    What foot are you using?

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