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Thread: Return Accufeed foot to the shop?

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    Return Accufeed foot to the shop?

    I purchased a Janome 6600 earlier this year and I like it, but I'm having trouble with it not sewing easily over seams and wanting to kick the fabric over to the left as I get to the end of a seam. Did a little reading & decided the special accufeed quarter inch foot would solve my problems. So, I called the local shop. They were having a sale and offerred to hold the foot for me and still give me the 20% discount this week even though the sale would be over. Well, I picked it up this morning and tried it, and I hate it. It's big & clunky and wobbly and there's no way I'll ever use it. Would it be tacky of me to return it, or try to? Really, I might as well have thrown the money out the window. This was the first time I've been to this shop & the ladies who work there were very nice & I'd hate to spoil my relationship with them. So should I write it off as a mistake, or return it? Thanks!
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    I'd return it and tell them why I didn't like it, maybe exchange it for something else you could use???

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    I'm sorry you don't like the foot....I use mine all the time for piecing (have to position the needle at 53 and shorten stitch length to 25).....I don't understand how it can be wobbly?....is the screw tightened enough?.....did you bring the accufeed foot down into position?.....don't mean to sound like you don't know what you are doing, just mistakes that I have made before....if you really don't like it, I would try to take it back as they are pretty expensive to just sit in your tool drawer.

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    I agree with Buckeye ... I use mine almost exclusively for piecing (paper piecing being an exception). It shouldn't be wobbly and I too wonder if A) the foot is a lemon, B) the screw is not tight or C) the "accufeed" gizmo is not in position under the foot.
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    Maybe if it is not too much trouble, take your machine in with you and show them the problems you are having with the foot.
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    I think deanneellen has the right idea. I would call before I go so you can be sure to talk to the right person.
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    I have the 7700 and use the accufeed 1/4" to piece all the time. It works great -- it does not wobble, but works fine. I agree it is big and clunky but I have had no complaints about how it workd. I too wonder if the foot is defective, or has some other problem.
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    Thanks everyone, for your suggestions. I checked the things you mentioned. The accufeed was engaged and the screw was tight. If I hold the foot by the "ankle" the foot itself will wobble side to side where the hinges are. Hope that makes sense. Maybe that's normal. I know it has to move up & down to go over seams & such, but side to side? Maybe I'll try it again tomorrow. If y'all like it so much, maybe I'm the problem. I do think the straight stitch plate that came with it is good.
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    I also use it all the time, it went over an intersection of 6 seams on my OBW easily without veering off. If possible I would take the whole machine in and show them the problems you are having as it should work fine. It is big and bulky but so is everyother type of walking foot I have ever seen.
    I have bought the open toed accufeed foot for paper piecing as well, as I love how evenly they feed the fabric.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wishfulthinking View Post
    Thanks everyone, for your suggestions. I checked the things you mentioned. The accufeed was engaged and the screw was tight. If I hold the foot by the "ankle" the foot itself will wobble side to side where the hinges are. Hope that makes sense. Maybe that's normal. I know it has to move up & down to go over seams & such, but side to side? Maybe I'll try it again tomorrow. If y'all like it so much, maybe I'm the problem. I do think the straight stitch plate that came with it is good.
    Mine does not wobble side to side at all, so I think you may have gotten a lemon. I'd bring it back to the shop and explain what's going on and ask them to try it on their machine. That way you'll be able to see if you're doing something wrong or if it's the foot. But I get no wobble side to side.

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    I agree that you should take it in and see if you can get to the bottom of the problem. The shop staff will have an opportunity to exhibit good customer service. If you approach them with "Can you help me?", I think you can expect that they will do their best to solve the problem.

    I purchased a generic walking foot for my vintage Pfaff machine from a sewing machine repair shop. It was lopsided, and it was a fight to sew a straight seam with it. The shop owner agreed with me that it was defective and took it back. She found another brand and told me to take it and try it out. If it worked, I was to come back and pay for it, which I did.

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    The machine wanting to kick the fabric over to the left as you get to the end of a seam could mean that the feed dogs need adjustment. You might want to ask about that if you take the machine and foot in to the shop.

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    I have the 7700 and of course the accufeed foot. I have never used it for pieceing though...except rag quilts. Why do you use the accufeed for piecing? my regular 1/4 foot works great.

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    I have the 6600 and have had no problems with it kicking the fabric to the side .... and I've done a lot of sewing over mutliple seams/layers of fabric and no problem.

    Don't second guess yourself ... in saying you are the problem!
    I think more likely there is something wrong with the machine and/or foot.

    I'll agree with all the others ... take the machine into the dealer and show them what's happening. Have them solve the problem for you so you can get on with loving your 6600!

    Do you know someone else that has a 6600 that you could see how there;s works in comparison.
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    Quote Originally Posted by carolaug View Post
    I have the 7700 and of course the accufeed foot. I have never used it for pieceing though...except rag quilts. Why do you use the accufeed for piecing? my regular 1/4 foot works great.
    I was wondering the same thing... I have a 7700 and love the AccuFeed for free motion quilting, but haven't thought to use it for piecing....the 1/4 inch foot works great.... Do others use the AccuFeed for piecing as well? Just curious....
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    The Accufeed 1/4 inch foot keeps the top and bottom fabrics feeding evenly, so you don't have to worry about getting the end of a seam and them not matching up.

    I don't believe the Accufeed foot is supposed to be used for free motion quilting; the convertible quilting foot is the right foot for that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spokanequilter View Post
    I was wondering the same thing... I have a 7700 and love the AccuFeed for free motion quilting, but haven't thought to use it for piecing....the 1/4 inch foot works great.... Do others use the AccuFeed for piecing as well? Just curious....
    How do you use the accufeed for FMQ? I use my quilting foot (the round thing) for FMQ. I used the Accufeed foot the last couple of days for putting on binding and some general sewing (too lazy to take it off). It made a world of difference when I used it for putting on the binding. Wow. I had no problems at all using it--and things didn't get as wonky as they sometimes want to get.

    But I do usually use my 1/4" regular foot for piecing tops. I didn't realize there was an accufeed 1/4" foot! I have a Horzion 7700.

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    .... also an AccuFeed SITD foot
    ....... also the Convertible FMQ foot (different than the Darning Foot, and much nicer to work with)
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    I sewed another couple of seams with the accufeed quarter inch foot last night & feel a little better about it. However, comparing it to my regular accufeed foot there is definately some side to side play where the foot meets the "ankle" that isn't there in the regular foot, where there is no movement at all.

    QuiltE, thanks for the advice. I may take the machine in for servicing soon. This kicking the fabric over is a relatively new occurrence.
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    I think that it is probably your machine. I have had a love/hate relationship with my Janome 6500 for those very same reasons. It always balks and jumps or jams at seam junctions and veers off the seam line at the end. It also likes to munch fabric at the beginning of your stitching. Taking it to my dealer numerous times has never helped, the problem was never corrected and all the dealer ever told me was that it was "operator error". I will never buy another Janome or do business with that dealership again. I am now considering a Juki Exceed 600 or the TL 2010Q.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shelbie View Post
    I think that it is probably your machine. I have had a love/hate relationship with my Janome 6500 for those very same reasons. It always balks and jumps or jams at seam junctions and veers off the seam line at the end. It also likes to munch fabric at the beginning of your stitching. Taking it to my dealer numerous times has never helped, the problem was never corrected and all the dealer ever told me was that it was "operator error". I will never buy another Janome or do business with that dealership again. I am now considering a Juki Exceed 600 or the TL 2010Q.
    I luv my Janome machine. Ask what "operator error" means. I'm fairly new at this stuff but I have read on this Board that when a machine bunches fabric at the beginning stitch that changing the metal plate under the needle can help or else starting to sew before the seamline a couple stitches can stop this from happening. I think I have this correct if not please somebody correct me.

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    If I am having issues with the machine "munching" the fabric at the beginning of a seam, I use a thread catcher first, like I am gonna chain piece and it eliminates the problem....I refuse to change the plate everytime.....thread catcher may not be the correct terminology, but am sure someone here can direct you to a tutorial.....I always have one by my machine, rates right up there with scissors and rippers!



    Quote Originally Posted by margee View Post
    I luv my Janome machine. Ask what "operator error" means. I'm fairly new at this stuff but I have read on this Board that when a machine bunches fabric at the beginning stitch that changing the metal plate under the needle can help or else starting to sew before the seamline a couple stitches can stop this from happening. I think I have this correct if not please somebody correct me.

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    [QUOTE=LyndaOH;5605458]The Accufeed 1/4 inch foot keeps the top and bottom fabrics feeding evenly, so you don't have to worry about getting the end of a seam and them not matching up.

    That's why I use the Accufeed 1/4" too. Seems like every time I use the other 1/4" foot, I have trouble with the seams not matching.

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    Didn't get a chance to sew at all today but thanks for all your responses. I really want to love this machine. It's the first computerized machine I've ever had and certainly the fanciest, but it hasn't been love at first sew. And the extra stitch it takes after I take my foot off the pedal!
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    There is a 6500/6600 yahoo group that is full of experienced 6600 owners. They will have an answer or suggestion. I really get lots of my questions answered there.

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