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    Senior Member lisalisa's Avatar
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    High Shank? Low Shank? How am I supposed to know? It doesn't say in the manual. I wanted to get some new feet but I'm at a loss with all the low shank high shank stuff.

    Which leads me to wonder. Can you use old attachments on new machines? I see sellers on ebay bundling them up with "sewing stuff" with generic "vintage singer attachments" in the description but I don't want to be a dummy :| and get something I can't use.

    Help anyone?
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    Can you call the shop where you bought the machine and get an answeer from the shop?Go on line to singer,?Pab

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    If you take the foot off you can see. Most of mine are the pop on kind with no shank, just the foot. My megaquilter has a high shank, like a bar that attaches to the machine with a screw.

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    I googled this machine, and they are snap on feet.

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    I think I need to go back to kindergarden. I thought it was one or the other. I didn't know "none" was an option.

    Thanks ladies

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    Raise the presser foot----measure from the plate to the hole where the screw goes in. Or measure your other foot , from the bottom of the groove where the screw fastens in to the bottom of the foot---1'1/4 " high shank 3/4 " low shank...
    hard to tell from photo, but looks like low shank.

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    You can measure the shank on your machine (looks like a low to me..) - this page will tell you how.

    http://www.ehow.com/facts_6153221_lo...-machines.html

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    It is possible that you can use a generic snap on for this machine. There are some machines that have to have the feet made for them, but I think Singer's might take a universal.

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    ahh I'm having a light bulb moment with the statement below. NOW I get it. You're all wonderful. Thanks so much.

    "Newer sewing machines tend to use snap on feet, while machines made before 1980 have presser feet that screw in place. If your machine's feet snap on, you do not have to worry about the shank height."

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    Snap on feet can be used on either high or low shank.
    I bought an adapter for my low shank machine and can now use most universal snap on feet.
    Snap ons are usually cheaper than buying the foot with the shank attached :D:D:D

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    They are so expensive. Do you all have some super special secret store you get these things from? I've made probably ten quilts in my life. All using the standard foot that came with the machine. My mother in law gave it to me and she kept the other attachments. :thumbdown:
    I've only recently realized that I need them ALL..or maybe I just want them all.
    :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by lisalisa
    They are so expensive. Do you all have some super special secret store you get these things from? I've made probably ten quilts in my life. All using the standard foot that came with the machine. My mother in law gave it to me and she kept the other attachments. :thumbdown:
    I've only recently realized that I need them ALL..or maybe I just want them all.
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    Does she still have the other attachments? Did she have some reason for keeping them? Maybe she just forgot to include them?

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    Look on eBay--have just been there beaucoup parts!

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    The only thing to be careful of with the snap-on feet is to make sure that the width of the little rod is correct. I've seen snap-on feet with different widths in that rod.

    What kinds of attachments are you wanting? A walking foot is not clamp-on, so you simply need to buy the correct walking foot for your machine. Often it is best to buy the walking foot made specifically for your machine, and they tend to be expensive; however, generic walking feet work well on some machines and are usually more in the neighborhood of $25-35.

    Most other feet will not be particularly expensive. I have seen some snap-on feet at Walmart for around $10. Purchased individually, these could add up. Probably the least expensive way to get the feet is to find a set on eBay that you are sure will fit your machine.

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    Does she still have the other attachments? Did she have some reason for keeping them? Maybe she just forgot to include them?
    Presumably to use on her NEW machine! I honestly never thought to ask. Beggars can't be choosers I suppose :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by lisalisa
    Does she still have the other attachments? Did she have some reason for keeping them? Maybe she just forgot to include them?
    Presumably to use on her NEW machine! I honestly never thought to ask. Beggars can't be choosers I suppose :)
    As far as I know, most new machines come with several presser feet.

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    This machine is a low shank with a standard size snap on foot. Basically what this means is that you can change some feet by pressing a small button on the back of the foot. Those feet look very low with a small rod across the top. Many vintage Singers are slanted needle and their parts will not fit the machine. If you are not sure just by looking I suggest not to get anything off Ebay. If you have a brother dealer nearby, this machine can use most of the feet you can use on a Brother.

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    Another subject I am so glad to see here on the board. I have always wondered - high, low shank, snap on foot, etc. I saved the link to ehow. Thanks!

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