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    Knee lifter

    Im just learning about the knee lifter and wonder if anyone have this and if they like them? Is this only with certain machines or can you buy it and attach to any machine? Seems interesting?

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    I believe your talking about the raising the presser foot using a knee lift attachment. I have it on both the Bernina and the Baby Lock. I imagine other machines have it by now. Years ago I saw a universal attachment that would fit any machine. I don't know if they still make them. maybe it was in Clotilde catalog.
    Do I like it. Absolutely. It is especially nice when machine quilting. There are new machines also available that do it automatically with some sensor I guess. Just place the fabric under the foot and they lower to sew. I don't know that I would like that - at first anyway. I know I don't like that I gave up control of the needle when I opted for the needle stopping in the down position. That is a must-have feature for machine quilters too, if you ask me.

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    I love love love it! I just got a new machine with one and have been using it for making my kids' clothes and diapers. I haven't done much quilting with it yet but I am sure I'll love it.

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    I have one on my Janome and use it every time I do SID quilting. It's so nice to keep your hands on the fabric and be able to lift the pressure foot so the fabric can be turned. Not a feature I use daily, but when I use it, I find it quite handy.
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    Years ago the Singers (and probably some of the others as well) had the knee thing that would stop and start the machine, like the foot pedal. Mom's 66 Singer had that and I grew up using it. Haven't used one that worked the presser foot!

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    Bernina has had the knee lift for years. I think it is a standard feature on their machines. I have used one for 25 years and lost when I don't have it attached. I am just starting to do applique and it is a must for all of the turning. When I bought my first Bernina, it was one of the selling points for me.

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    They usually come with the machine, usually on higher end models. Its not something you can purchase.

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    I have the knee-lift on 2 of my machines. It is really nice , but takes a little getting used to. My new Babylock Ellisimo has the auto lift function and I really love it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sylviak View Post
    Years ago the Singers (and probably some of the others as well) had the knee thing that would stop and start the machine, like the foot pedal. Mom's 66 Singer had that and I grew up using it. Haven't used one that worked the presser foot!
    I had a Singer with that feature and I still catch myself trying to start the machine by pushing on the knee lift that raises the pressed foot? lol

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    I have one on my Bernina and I love it especially when I FMQ.

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    There are certain sewing tasks for which the knee lift is helpful. I was making a baby boy shirt for a new great-nephew last night. It had lots of tiny seams with topstitching and edge stitching. Using the knee lift and my #10 and #57 Bernina feet really helped me make a nice little shirt. I also find that I use it more with the walking foot.
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    I use the one on my Bernina and I LOVE it! It did take me awhile to get used to it but once I did, there was no turning back. I now use my left foot for the pedal and my right for the lift and it is great. I also use the function on the foot pedal to raise the needle up or down as well. It is so great to be able to keep your hands on the piece the entire time if you need to.

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    My daughter had a Singer with a knee lift for pressed foot. I refused to use it. My sister had an Elna with knee lift. She goated me into trying it. It took some getting use to but when I did I loved it. Don't sew another way now..

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    I love my knee lift, use it all the time. It is like a third hand to help you sew. I have a small machine that does NOT have the knee lift feature and I find myself ~ trying to use it, but duh it's not there.

    When I first started sewing (so many many years ago) my mothers machine was a 'knee pedal', instead of a foot pedal.
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    I have one on my Viking mega quilter. I do like it; keeps your hands free when you need it.
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    I also have one on my Janome and just love it. Like anything else, it takes a bit to get used to, but totally natural once you do.

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    Love love love the knee lift on my Bernina!

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    LOL, I owned my Brother for 10 years (yes years) before I figured out what that strange shaped thingy was, but now that it's attached to my machine, I love it !!!

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    I love the knee lift- I have it on my Bernina and Brother machines and now that I am used to it wonder how I got along without it. My Brother machine can be programmed to lift and lower the presser foot automatically but I haven't tried that yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by juropat View Post
    Im just learning about the knee lifter and wonder if anyone have this and if they like them? Is this only with certain machines or can you buy it and attach to any machine? Seems interesting?
    Yep, this feature is only for some machines. I have it on my bigger machine but don't use it as my thigh goes numb when I use it. Oh well.

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    I have one on my viking mega quilter, it is really nice.

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    I have one for my Babylock, but I just can't get used to using it. They say to use your left foot to work the pedal so you don't get cofused with using your right knee to lift the presser foot. I just can't seem to be able to do it, so I don't use it at all. I just stop and start and raise the presser foot by hand. Simpler.
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    I tried to find the "Universal" one - what a great idea and it had some good reviews but apparently went out of production. I like that it was foot pedal operated (same as the brake and gas pedal on a car). Apparently it is out of production.

    I really wish some manufacturer would make a one like it! BTW The Pfaff Exp 4.0 also has one.

    Quote Originally Posted by gayle bong View Post
    I believe your talking about the raising the presser foot using a knee lift attachment. I have it on both the Bernina and the Baby Lock. I imagine other machines have it by now. Years ago I saw a universal attachment that would fit any machine. I don't know if they still make them. maybe it was in Clotilde catalog.
    Do I like it. Absolutely. It is especially nice when machine quilting. There are new machines also available that do it automatically with some sensor I guess. Just place the fabric under the foot and they lower to sew. I don't know that I would like that - at first anyway. I know I don't like that I gave up control of the needle when I opted for the needle stopping in the down position. That is a must-have feature for machine quilters too, if you ask me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by b.zang View Post
    I have one on my Janome and use it every time I do SID quilting. It's so nice to keep your hands on the fabric and be able to lift the pressure foot so the fabric can be turned. Not a feature I use daily, but when I use it, I find it quite handy.
    That's a really good reason to have one! Wish my Janome did!
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    Does anyone know how much it costs to install a knee lift on a Bernini. Just bought a used 135pe and want to have it installed. 120 was the price quoted and it seems a bit high.. I've never used that feature but I think I want
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