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Thread: Need some help please - fabric gets caught using rulers

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    Lightbulb Need some help please - fabric gets caught using rulers

    Our Taj and Elvira rulers have arrived from creative grids and We’ve bought a ruler foot for our Singer 185kThe problem is needle doesn’t sit in the middle of the ring and when the presser foot is down my quilt practice piece gets caught on the presser foot
    We cannot adjust the presser foot to allow the fabric to have free movement, I’ve tried using a low shank foot and a high shank ruler foot.


    Any advice in machine quilting on a beautiful vintage singer in mint condition?
    We have watched lots of tutorials and we’re both full of excitement to create !

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    I am not familiar with your machine, can the feed dogs be lowered? Ruler FMQ work needs no feed dogs as you are moving the quilt. As for the needle not being in the center, I don’t know of any remedy for that. So disappointing!

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    The feed dogs do not drop on a 185. There are feed dog covers that might work. Maybe if a feed dog cover and reduce the pressure on the presser foot The knob on the top left of the machine will reduce the pressure of presser foot.


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    If you're getting a Westalee foot for your machine, you'll need a low shank foot. It will only work with low shank rulers -- 1/8" thick. Taj and Elvira are thicker for use on longarms or high shank domestic machines. They won't work on your machine because the clearance at the back of the foot isn't high enough. I know one woman who uses the taller rulers, and just makes sure they don't go to the back of the foot.

    The presser foot on your machine can be turned side to side to be centered with the needle. But then you might have to turn it back to use your regular foot.

    I do free-motion and ruler work on my little Bernina with the feed dogs up, and with a Westalee ruler foot. With the feed dogs up, I get a rhythm that helps me keep my stitches more even. With your Singer, you would loosen the presser foot tension, which is the knob on the top of the machine, above the needle. Remember, "righty tighty, lefty loosey."
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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltedsunshine View Post
    If you're getting a Westalee foot for your machine, you'll need a low shank foot. It will only work with low shank rulers -- 1/8" thick. Taj and Elvira are thicker for use on longarms or high shank domestic machines. They won't work on your machine because the clearance at the back of the foot isn't high enough. I know one woman who uses the taller rulers, and just makes sure they don't go to the back of the foot.


    The presser foot on your machine can be turned side to side to be centered with the needle. But then you might have to turn it back to use your regular foot.

    I do free-motion and ruler work on my little Bernina with the feed dogs up, and with a Westalee ruler foot. With the feed dogs up, I get a rhythm that helps me keep my stitches more even. With your Singer, you would loosen the presser foot tension, which is the knob on the top of the machine, above the needle. Remember, "righty tighty, lefty loosey."
    I have a westalee foot and ruler for my high shank machine and they work fine. They came together. I agree about feed dogs up and stitch length set to zero. Sometimes that works better.
    Alyce

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    Yes Tartan very disappointing!
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    Will try that see if it helps thank you Stitching ripper
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    I’m looking to see if I can find a feed dog cover plate, I can’t move the needle position on this machine I won’t give up ! Thanks for your help quilted sunshine
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    I also agree about keeping the feed dogs up - I like that little bit of grip so it doesn't slide all over.

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    I just need to find a ruler foot that fits better than the ones I’ve tried, the Westalee one is 4 times the price of the pair I’ve already bought, not the sort of thing I can buy locally to try one out - I won’t give up !

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    The needle needs to be in the center of the ruler foot, it sounds like you don't have the correct foot, I had the same
    problem. Look on westalee web sit and they have pictures of the different size ruler feet for different type shanks. Good luck!

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    On My Singer the feed dogs don't drop. It has a small plastic cover that pops in. Always pops out at the wrong time too. lol. I take a old credit card from ads I get in the mail and punch a hole in it for the needle. then I tape it down. Much better. Not sure this is the problem just thought I would share.
    Mary

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