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Old 09-25-2010, 07:14 AM
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I have noticed that my darning foot has become a bit "loose" in that it doesn't seem to have the pressure it used to.(The spring is probably getting stretched from a lot of use). I see a lot of machines have an adjustment to set the presser foot to a firmer or lesser amount.Mine doesn't. Any ideas short of a new darning foot???
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Old 09-25-2010, 08:24 AM
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I know some quilters that take the spring out of the foot. They don't want it to touch the fabric at all. You don't need a foot to fmq but it is too easy to sew your fingers without one. Maybe put a piece of rubber on top of the spring as a shim to make it compress more.
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Old 09-25-2010, 08:42 AM
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the fmq foot/darning foot spring is what helps keep the fabric from moving the split second the needle is in the fabric. helps prevent broken needles.
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Old 09-25-2010, 08:49 AM
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My fmq foot does not move up and down, it never touches the fabric. ?
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I have seen where one quilter wrapped a elastic hair wrap around hers, to keep the spring tighter. She uses the ones with the metal band on them, that holds the ends together, not the knit type.
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Agree with putting something in there to shim it up. Try the end of a wooden matchstick.
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