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Thread: Question about walking foot

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    Senior Member CarolLady's Avatar
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    I purchased a walking foot. 2 questions. Is it suppose to cover a bigger area than the feed dogs and is it suppose to be at this angle opposed to being "square with things"
    The plastic feed dog part of the walking foot kind of lines up with the metal feed dogs at an angle on left side and the feed dogs on the right side is covered by the bottom metal part of the walking foot (didn't think to get a picture of this but can if I need to)
    Just wondering if I ordered the wrong walking foot or if something isn't right. The screw is tightened that is holding the walking foot on it just sits at a weird angle.
    Thanks in advance,
    Carol

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    Carol, it does not look right. My walking foot lines up straight. Did you try taking it off and putting it on again, I think something is wrong. Lace

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    Thanks Lace I will try that. I don't think it looks right either.

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    The little short arm on the right side of the walking foot goes over the needle tightening screw also. Ans should sit straight. Yours looks crooked.

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    Mine would look crooked like that if I didn't screw it on right. The attachment screws onto the shaft with a 'u' shape, and it's easy to screw it on without the 'u' being completely in place around the shaft. Sorry, this is as clear as mud. I know what I mean, but I doubt anyone else will.

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    went back and tried again it's not as crooked as it was before but still not "square" here are a few more pictures

    Thanks for the feed back. open to more information or tips. Not sure if I should send it back. Figured if it fit low shank machine it would screw on and be good to go. I did purchase the metal area that screws on because I had read where the plastic ones tend to be tightened to tight and can break.

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    Something is just not right there. Maybe you got a defective one. I would send it back.

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    It still looks a little crooked. Do you have it in the screw straight? If so then can you return it for an axchange?

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    Did you sew anything with it?

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    Yes in the first picture I sewed the yellow and purple material together with batting and the guide was not in a straight line when I was trying to following the first line. I believe in the first picture I posted you might be able to see this a little bit.
    I purchased it through ebay and have emailed the person to see if they can give me any other ideas or their return policy :o(

    I also purchased a free motion foot and it doesn't seem to be working right either probably an operator error.
    Is there a trick to screwing the free motion foot on to get the spring on it to engage (probably not the right word to use) with the needle. (no instructions were sent with it)
    Thanks again for all the feed back.

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    Maybe they are not the right feet for your machine. What machine are you using?

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    I am using a low shank singer stylist 533. I checked and rechecked before I ordered these from ebay... :o( For the free motion one I have a feed dog cover plate so that it "should" work but I don't think something is right and the "spring" on the free motion doesn't go up and down when sewing ... Maybe I misunderstood how it is suppose to work.. not sure

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    I took a picture of the bottom of the walking foot and it doesn't look square to me. Could that be the problem?

    and on the free motion foot my needle is at it's highest position but it barely touches the wire "spring" part there fore the foot doesn't go up and down when trying to do the free motion any suggestions?

    Thanks again

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    What kind of machine do yhou have? Is this made for your machine?

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    I bought a walking foot that looked like that and had to put a wooden stake through its heart and bury it in the back yard. It didn't work right on the Janome I bought it for or the low shank Singer (An old Stylist) I still use a lot.

    My directions for the beast were not one bit of help.
    1. Raise the needle and presser foot.
    2. Loosen the set screw on the foot holder to remove it.
    3. Attach the walking foot to the presser bar with the lever on the needle clamp and secure it with the set screw.
    * Operate the machine at a low to medum speed.
    * Set the stitch length in the range of 0-4.

    I bought a different one from Nancy's Notions and so far, so good.

    Jois

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    Quote Originally Posted by CarolLady
    I am using a low shank singer stylist 533. I checked and rechecked before I ordered these from ebay... :o( For the free motion one I have a feed dog cover plate so that it "should" work but I don't think something is right and the "spring" on the free motion doesn't go up and down when sewing ... Maybe I misunderstood how it is suppose to work.. not sure
    I checked with the seller before I purchased and that model was listed at the bottom of their listing.

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    One time the foot popped out of its little holder. They're not really sturdy. When you take the walking foot off check to see if the foot is actually in its little holes as this has happened to me when I was trying to get the arm over the screw.

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    [quote=CarolLady]I took a picture of the bottom of the walking foot and it doesn't look square to me. Could that be the problem?

    It doesn't look square to me either. The white plastic case looks out of whack. The case snaps onto the presser foot. You might see if you could snap it into square. Nah, I'd send it back.

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    It does not look correct to me either. The foot should be square to the machine and the moving feet on both sides should line up directly on top of the feed dogs. They should also move at exactly the same speed and distance as the feed dogs.

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    Most walking feet have a "fork" that hooks around the needle tightening screw. The only walking foot I have seen like this, with a bar that goes on top of the screw instead of around it, was for a Janome. I think all of the generic feet I have seen have the fork, as does my Bernina walking foot.

    Someone mentioned there is a way to adjust the spring in a darning foot, but I don't know how to do it. If you cannot manually move the foot up and down on the spring, it seems to me the spring must be broken. I can push mine up, and it will "spring" back to its original position.

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    I think the foot is the wrong one for your machine. I put a Janome foot on a brother and it looked like yours, all crocked, I would send it back and try a different vendor on ebay.

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    Prism the spring can be manually moved up and down on the free motion foot. Its just the metal wire part that sits on top of the needle screw doesn't engage when sewing. "Assuming that is where it's suppose to sit"

    I checked the walking foot again and the plastic is just not
    formed squarely to begin with.

    The person I purchased them from said I should return them. However, he also said that I had ordered the correct feet for my machine. So if I ordered the correct feet for the machine, why am I sitting here scratching my head wondering why they don't work? (operator malfunction?)

    Does any one have a particular vendor they like on ebay for machine feet?

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    sewcrafty I checked and the pins were in the holes on the walking foot Thanks

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    You would be much better off going to a local sewing center and buying through them. I got one at Hancock fabrics, and bought the wrong one first. They wouldn't take it back. I had to buy another one, but at least I got the right one and it works.

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    I will look up local sewing centers around me. Thanks for the information.

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