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Thread: the Great Darning Foot Hunt

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    The Great Darning Foot Hunt is a continuing quest of one lone quilters search for the perfect darning foot (or realy anything that fits the adventurer's machine). The quest has covered miles of territory and countless web pages. It has been a long and frustrating road. Will you be the one to pull the sword from the stone and rescue this weary traveler? To be victorious we must locate an item the Brother website refuses to acknowledge ... a Darning Foot that fits the Brother LX-3125E (aka, the cheep but fun Fashion Faces). This is one quilter that will not rest until it is possible to perform the delicate dance of Free motion quilting on this inexpensive machine.


    (seriously, anybody know where I can get a darning foot to fit the LX-3125E? I can find a walking foot, a 1/4 in foot, zipper ect. but nothing that would work for free motion.)

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    I have a big universal plastic hopping foot for FMQ that I got from Nancys Notions and darned if I can remember what it's called. They sell generic machine feet for high, low, and slant shanks. Might give them a try.

    Susan

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    Have you called customer service?
    1-877-BROTHER (877-276-8437)

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    I was wondering if you could use a spring needle with the thinking you wouldn't need to use a foot...

    I have used one on my Pfaff just to try it out and you are not limited visually plus it worked without a foot.

    They make different needles sizes to fit your machine so you might find it would work out well for you. I am not familiar with your machine but you might try and see if this would work for you if you find no other choices.

    See if this link will help you determine if it would work:

    http://www.schmetzneedles.com/catego...ing-Needles-13'

    or this:

    http://www.craftconn.com/Main.asp?Ta...roductID=13717

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    I bought mine off Amazon for $3 and it works great (once I sliced off the weird poky arm on the top and opened the foot with pliers).

    Yup, $3! It was some clearance sale.
    http://www.amazon.com/Brother-SA129-...ref=pd_ys_iyr5

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    I believe that is the one I use on my cheapy Brother XR-52. I also use the big foot and an offset foot. Any one for a short shank should work.

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    Thanks! I found the big foot on Nacys Notions, when I get home I will check my manual to see is if I need a high or low shank type. Thanks!

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    short shank...fantastic! now it seems I have the opposite problem, which one to pick? I knew you all would rescue me

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    Why won't a short shank darning foot work? Those are easy to find. Other than a Bernina, I thought all machines use either a short shank, a long shank or a slant shank, all of which are readily available.

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    I'm new to all of this. When I looked at the Brother website, I didn't see anything listed as an accessory for my specific mashine. I looked at the brother foots and none of them had my mashine listed as compatable. But I guess that doesn't really matter and they are more interchangeable than I originally thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose
    Why won't a short shank darning foot work? Those are easy to find. Other than a Bernina, I thought all machines use either a short shank, a long shank or a slant shank, all of which are readily available.

    I'm not sure what kind of shank is on her Brother machine but you need the proper shank, ie., short, long or slant for your particular machine or it won't work. The big foot comes in both short and long shanks.

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    I agree, Quiltmaker, that you need the correct foot. I have a Janome short shank for my Elna and a slant needle one for my Singer 301. I'm sure the Brother has a short shank, so a generic or Janome short shank would work if the Brother isn't available.

    One of mine came from my LQS and one came from April's 1930s Shop online. The latter is the nicer of the two. The FMQing instructor at the LQS was impressed with it.

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    [quote=heyjami]it works great (once I sliced off the weird poky arm on the top and opened the foot with pliers).

    i love quilter ingenuity. i assume "weird poky arm" is a technical term used only in appropriate circles. rofl

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    hey, I'm technical all day.
    here I can call it a weird pokey thing and feel confident that you all knew what I was talking about... heehee

    I'd say to get one that fits (low shank) but feel comfortable that you can adjust it as YOU need to according to your FMQ style. I was enjoying a FMQ blog site and she really encouraged us to embrace the thing for what it is - a tool. Adjust it as you need to. Stick something in it to adjust/reduce the tension against the fabric too if you want. ;-) That really helped me open that FMQ up so I could move as I needed to...

    The $3 foot is much better than the no foot attachment set up with the New Home machine I have.

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    Here's my favorite darning foot for low shank machines:
    http://shop.sew-classic.com/Low-Shan...t-SCF55417.htm

    I've got a really big collection of darning feet, so I understand all about "the quest." LOL!

    But this little $3 provides excellent visibility and smooth action.

    I tried the Big Foot on my high shank and liked it well enough that I ordered one for my low shank machines - it's not here yet, but my money is on the underdog - pretty fair odds that the little $3 foot will do just as well or better than the $30 Big Foot. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by kedougou
    The Great Darning Foot Hunt is a continuing quest of one lone quilters search for the perfect darning foot (or realy anything that fits the adventurer's machine). The quest has covered miles of territory and countless web pages. It has been a long and frustrating road. Will you be the one to pull the sword from the stone and rescue this weary traveler? To be victorious we must locate an item the Brother website refuses to acknowledge ... a Darning Foot that fits the Brother LX-3125E (aka, the cheep but fun Fashion Faces). This is one quilter that will not rest until it is possible to perform the delicate dance of Free motion quilting on this inexpensive machine.
    (seriously, anybody know where I can get a darning foot to fit the LX-3125E? I can find a walking foot, a 1/4 in foot, zipper ect. but nothing that would work for free motion.)
    I don't know if this Brother uses the same feet as my Brother 1500S but I had a heck of a time trying to find an open darning foot for mine. I was doing some real technical stitching and I couldn't see clearly through the plastic center. I could get a replacement foot with a clear plastic center with a hole in it for FMQ but not one without the center insert. I phoned, I googled, I spoke to sales people and I bought a number of feet that I ultimately had to return. My solution was to purchase a second FMQ foot, get out my handy dremel and physically remove the plastic insert. Note, if you do this yourself wear eye protection, better yet have your favorite handyman with a proper vise do it.

    Diana

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    I bought mine from SEWINGSUPPLYWAREHOUSE.COM. I have a Brother machine & I got fast service, great customer service as I'd ordered both the walking foot & the FMQ foot but they were out of the darning foot. They called to ask if I wanted them to send a less expensive one that would also fit it so they could ship immediately or if I wanted to wait. Both work fantastic & I'll definitely order from them again!

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