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Thread: darning foot comes down too tight

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    darning foot comes down too tight

    hi again quilters--

    i am trying free motion quilting---my darning foot comes down so low to the plate that it is very very hard to move the quilt around---does anyone know a remedy for this please
    "the morning breezes have secrets to tell you---do not go back to sleep" RUMI

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    That doesn't seem right to me. I think you need another darning foot. JMHO. I hope some with more knowledge than me can give you some better info.
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    Have you dropped your feed dogs, or covered them?

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    I have what is called a hopping foot and it is spring loaded so it doesn't hold the material down. You might need a hopping foot.

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    What machine are you using? Get out your machine manual and follow the directions for setting up the foot and covering or lowering the feed dogs. The foot will generally not hit the plate when it is lowered if it is positioned correctly and is the foot for your model of machine.

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    Is your machine electronic ? If so, check the utilty menu on your machine for an option to change the presser foot setting. I have this option on my machine, yet I swear it is not mentioned in the 'handbook' or 'user guide' that came with my machine .

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoSewSue View Post
    Is your machine electronic ? If so, check the utilty menu on your machine for an option to change the presser foot setting. I have this option on my machine, yet I swear it is not mentioned in the 'handbook' or 'user guide' that came with my machine .
    This happened to me, be sure you are using the darning foot that came with your machine, I have three machines and just grab a darning foot out of the tray to use, wrong one , some machines are seet lower than others and cannot use a ganeric foot, after I put the darning foot that came with the machine it did FMQ fine and every thing moves easily! Maggie

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    It sounds like you have a darning foot for a different size shaft. When I got my machine, they gave me the long shaft foot for a short shaft machine. I had the same problem. check with your dealer.
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    Can you adjust presser foot height or pressure, if not you need a different foot, are you using a generic or one made for your machine

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    I agree with many of the ladies. This definitely sounds like decreasing the pressure on the foot would solve your problem. Get out the good old manual!!
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    a darning foot should have the spring on it, also called a quilting foot or hopping foot. do you have it on correctly? ck your manual or ck with the place where you bought it or your machine. good luck.!
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    Yes, check and see if you have it on correctly. I have done that before.
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    thank you all for your much needed advice it is greatly appreciated---and i did need another darning foot (wasn't the correct one for my machine)---problem solved !!!!!! thanx again!!!!!!
    "the morning breezes have secrets to tell you---do not go back to sleep" RUMI

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