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Thread: please help: walking foot so tight,hard to get the sandwich under it

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    Hi,
    I'm truly frustrated..I have a new inexpensive singer 2273 (esteem 2).I went to buy a walking foot for it as well as FMQ foot (too inexperienced to have tried that one yet)..I have read my sewing machine book cover to cover..wrote the model # down etc.
    Joanns only sold walking feet through their Viking sewing center...I told the Lady what model machine I had etc (she sold the exact same walking foot to my cousin who has an older kenmore- it works great on her machine)..
    What it's doing> I went to quilt my first quilt and I could barely push the sandwich under the walking foot.... I went to youtube and researched...Found out that your lever that lifts the foot will actually lift a little higher but needs to be held in that postion...This is the only way I can get the quilt sandwhich under the foot.
    I also found out that you can adjust the down pressure (for lack of a better word lol) of your foot- how hard the foot is pressing against your fabric... The video showed where that foot pressure adjustment was located on 3 different machines (not mine) and I cant find the adjust ment anywhere even after rereading my book...
    Sorry if I have over explained...I just wanted to give you enough info....Anyone have this kind of machine? or possibly know what the problem is?...I wanna quilt! lol

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    Some feet will work on different machines, but this doesn't sound like this one is the right one for your machine. I would take both feet back and see if you can get your money back, then go somewhere they sell Singer's and buy one of the feet they have.

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    I kind of figured you might say that (trying not to look all impatient lol) Just thought I'd at least ask the question on the off chance someone had experienced this poltergeist of a walking foot lol...Thank you for responding pocoellie (smile)

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    You're entirely welcome. Just a word of advice though, I wouldn't spend a lot of money getting feet and such, and as soon you can afford to, I would get rid of it, trade it in, get an older Singer, lower end Brother, Janome, whatever, but get rid of the Singer. Personal opinion.

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    I have a inexpensive singer, and my walking foot works just fine on it. I do not have an adjustment for the pressure on my presser feet either.
    The sales person sold you the wrong foot for your machine, or could you possibly have it installed incorrectly?
    I might take the machine, power cord, some scrap fabric and the walking foot to where you bought the foot, and ask what is wrong with this picture :wink: and try it out before you leave again :D:D:D

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    lmao amma

    I've been busy..My cousin and I went to the singer website and looked up my machine-walking foot...It's clearly Not the right foot...It's ironic that we've been on the phone discussing how we would complain about trusting that viking dealer and how it has ruined my quilt etc. lol...
    It's also not the correct FMQing foot. However, that one I do not have the reciept for...But, I'll work it (2 snaps and a circle)lol
    Thanks guys

    Edit: and Yes, I totally agree with you about not buying a ton of accessories for the singer...I just needed to be able to quilt my quilt and figure out if I liked quilting before investing $..Ty for the advise ( and name of the preferred machines)

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    I had to order my walking foot from the Singer sight that was compatable for my Singer. The one I got from Joanns didn't work on that Singer.

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    You really should be able to fit a quilt sandwich under your walking foot easily by raising the foot lever. It might be a little snug once you lower the lever, but once you start sewing (quilting) it should move/feed the sandwich without any pushing, pulling, etc. If it doesn't you probably don't have the right foot.

    Don't get frustrated though. Chances are they make a compatible walking foot for your machine. You may have to invest a little more money, but maybe you can get a refund for the other walking foot? Quilting with a walking foot is relatively easy. The walking foot feeds the quilt sandwich through automatically. Don't forget to adjust your stitch length to something a bit longer. It will be so easy once you get the right walking foot. Good luck! You'll get it and be quilting up a storm in no time.

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    I had an inexpensive Singer once and the foot pressure adjuster was actually just a screw on the top of the machine, directly over where the foot was. As for the foot, it might not be for your machine but have you tried taking the lever on the right side of the walking foot and making sure it rests over the top of the screw that holds your needle in? My machine came with a walking foot but it still wasn't working right until I made sure to rest that properly. Hope it works for you.

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    Ps 150

    It's definitely not the right foot..Mine has a silver bar that rest over the screw..The one for my machine on the singer site is all white..
    And trust me Chele no amount of lifting the foot, gentle persuasion, pushing, shoving nor teary eyed cussing would let me "slide" that sandwich under there smoothly, much less have a smooth sewing experience lol...I wanna go yell at that "professional viking salesman"

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    Yay Ps 150! I missed that detail the first time I attached my walking foot. Yepper, you must get that lever/fork over the top of the screw or it won't work properly. It's an easy fix! Such talent and help on this board.

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    lol chele, luckily my cousin has been quilting for a few yrs and has helped me learn to thread a bobbi...umm.. I mean attach a feed foot lol

    Although, I do have one other question if anyone can help...My machine comes with an edge/quilting guide...I know what its for and how the bar looks on the fabric..But, does anyone know what this attaches to?..That same screw? ( would love to impress my cousin lol)

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    We'll yell with you! Quilting is intimidating enough and then to fit your machine with the wrong foot?! You're going to laugh at how smoothly it goes once you get the right tool. Props to you for persevering and solving the problem. I might have moved on to stamp collecting! LOL!

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    I don't know about your particular machine. My edge guide hooks right onto the walking foot. =/ Does your manual show a picture of it's setup?

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    No it has no pic but, I'll definitely go check out my walking foot..Thanks!

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    Really sounds like you have the wrong walking foot. The shank is the all important factor when buying a walking foot if you are not buying it directly from a Singer dealer. (There are universal walking feet that will fit your machine... based on your machine's shank.) So, if you bought a WF that doesn't match your machine's shank, you will have problems.

    Unsure of what your machine shank is, and want to check to see if the foot you bought matches the shank of your machine? Here's a link to a free PDF download on how to determine the shank your machine.... the PDF link is at the bottom of this website:
    http://www.thesewbox.com/sewing_atta...ine_store.html
    Good luck!

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    Thanks for the link moon, I'm sure that will help many with the same problem....I myself am just returning the one I have and going strt to order from singer...I have enough to research and learn lol

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    I have a singer that is about 12-14 yrs old and went to Joanns a few mo. ago and bought the same to feet. They work fine and my singer is fine as well. Sometimes they just make a mistake. I would sure take them back and see if they have the right ones. Happy sewing!

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    I have a singer also and purchased a walking foot from JoAnn's that did not fit. You can order them from the singer site for just about the same price.

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