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Old 08-12-2013, 05:37 AM
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Default Pressure adjustment

I haven't seen much info about it. On many machines there is a knob or screw on the top of the machine above the needle that can change the pressure exerted on the presser foot.

Beyond that, I don't know when to adjust it, how much to adjust it, or which way (less or more) to adjust it.

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Old 08-12-2013, 06:49 AM
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I'll be watching this, one of my older machines needs something, I think the pressure adjusted.
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Old 08-12-2013, 06:57 AM
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what brand is your machine?? do you have a manual at all? you may find one online if no one is able to help here.
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My manual has fabrics and a color-coordinated chart listed. The colors are printed on both the pressure knob and the feed dogs knob, which raise or lower incrementally depending on what kind of fabrics/sewing I'm doing. I'm familiar enough with my machine now that I don't need to consult my manual anymore to know how to adjust the machine.
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Old 08-12-2013, 07:32 AM
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My Bernina has adjustable pressure on the presser foot. You are supposed to dial it down to 0 when FMQ. I do dial it down a bit for sewing binding on with my walking foot from regular fabric pressure.
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When I experienced skipped stitches zigzagging the multiple thicknesses of fabric and batting for my Bailey Island bag, I tried increasing the presser foot pressure, and it made a big difference. I don't remember needing to adjust the pressure for anything else.

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My Brother machine also has a color coordinated chart both on the indicator for the presser foot and on the feed dogs adjustment to sort of guide you along.

I adjust mine to lightest possible pressure for FMQ, of course. Other than that, I sort of play with it when my stitches look off. As mentioned earlier, changing the pressure when sewing extra thick things tends to make nicer stitches.
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Old 08-12-2013, 01:26 PM
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I've never changed the pressure - haven't seen the need for it. Guess I will have to look that up in my manual and find out when to make the change.
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Old 08-12-2013, 01:40 PM
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Even my old vintage machine I can adjust the pressure. It at the top of the machine and screws down to add more pressure. It took me awhile to figure out what that screw did!!
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