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    Knee lift bar question

    I'm asking for a friend of a friend who lost her right leg. She want's to know if there is a way to use the bar with your left leg. She needs to use her right side for balance. Any tip would be helpful.

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    Gee lori, I sure don't know how you would do this. The hole is on the right of the front of the machine for the knee lift to fit into. I suppose you could contact bernina to see if there is a solution they have worked out.

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    You would likely have to have something custom made at a machine shop. Take the existing bar and have them machine it to go left immediately out of the machine, over the distance she needs for her left leg and then down. She would still need to push right with her leg, but it would be doable.

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    Don't have an answer to your specific question but my babylock machine has a setting that automatically raises the presser foot when you take your foot off the pedal and puts it back down when you "step on the gas." I love this feature. Maybe her machine has a similar setting that she could use instead of the knee lift.
    I think most babylock machine shave it.

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    I love my knee lift... but I use my right leg. I would think someone could be able to fix up some type of extender to have it reach her left leg. I am thinking of my brother in law not of myself

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    I saw a modified knee lift somewhere online. If it's for work, she could contact the Job Accomodation Network. They have been a huge help to me. The standard bar, as others have said, simply would not work without use of the upper right leg. I have even seen pressed foot lifts that are operated with a bite bar so it's just a question of finding a good OT/PT and a machinist, welder or such to make an adaptive bar/extension for her. The standard bar would probably be a good start, but I don't know for sure.

    I seem to remember there are some machines with a setting where the pressed foot automatically raises when you stop sewing. I can't remember the brand/model. It was way out of my price range. Perhaps a member has one. I would think that would be her best option.

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    All my Vikings have the function that when you choose needle down, the presser foot lifts when you stop sewing. LOVE IT. Mine are older models (one from the 90s) so you would have to check with a dealer to see which current ones have it. My sister kept going on and on about her knee lift and when I saw it, I was like "you mean you have to do something to make the presser foot go up"???!! guess I was spoiled.
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    Thanks for the welcomeAnd for the answers. One of the questions was what machine to buy. So I think she has to look for machine that has the needle feature. I'm going to pass that on. Thanks!

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    What a sweet friend you are. Hope that suggestion helps & please invite your quilting friend to join QB, too. We're always thrilled to have more members who share our passion for quilting; plus, there are plenty of us here who have figured out creative solutions to all sorts of roadblocks our bodies try to throw at us ... we quilters are a clever bunch & let nothing keep us from our craft.

    And if you quilt too, welcome to the board & we hope you keep posting (and share your latest projects with us!).

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    I have a Husqvarna Ruby Royale and there is a button on the front for movement of the pressed foot. I have the knee lift on my Juki but I don't use it as I don't like it.

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    Just because there's a knee lift lever doesn't mean one has to use it!
    I have Berninas that all have the lever and I have found over the years that I have quit using it. I operate the foot lifter like they were done years ago, with a lever by hand on the rear/side of the machine, no problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA View Post
    Just because there's a knee lift lever doesn't mean one has to use it!
    I have Berninas that all have the lever and I have found over the years that I have quit using it. I operate the foot lifter like they were done years ago, with a lever by hand on the rear/side of the machine, no problem. Jan in VA
    I haven't used mine either. I tried to learn how to use it, but never got the hang of it. There are a few times I would like to use that function, but not bad enough to go through the trouble of learning it.
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    If its in a cabinet or you could possibly modify a table and take the presser foot and mount it on the left side of the desk or table, at knee height like they used to be in the older cabinet. I know for my machines, the knee lifter does different things, one it only lifts the presser foot but doesn't make it sew so make sure if she gets one that it does what she wants.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maviskw View Post
    I haven't used mine either. I tried to learn how to use it, but never got the hang of it. There are a few times I would like to use that function, but not bad enough to go through the trouble of learning it.
    My first sewing machine was an second hand industrial machine and the knee lever was the "gas pedal", I tried to use it the same on new machine, did not work! Lol! It is just faster to use the hand lever to me too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lorie a View Post
    I'm asking for a friend of a friend who lost her right leg. She want's to know if there is a way to use the bar with your left leg. She needs to use her right side for balance. Any tip would be helpful.
    I don't even use my knee lift. It really hurts my thigh. Don't know whether it's because I'm on Coumadin or not.

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    Lots of good suggestions here, but if she still wants to use the knee lift, take her and the machine to a machine shop, show them the problem. They will take measurements, and customize one for her. Be prepared to pay $ Rates are not cheap. They may give her a deal though or barter with her. She could make welding caps or ????? in exchange??? Just a thought.

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