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Old 02-19-2008, 05:18 AM
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Originally Posted by Cathe
Do you have a spring (darning) foot?

If you can, release or lower the pressure on the presser foot.

It is harder to do free motion quilting with the feed dog cover (instead of dropping the feed dogs) because it does reduce the space between the presser foot and the plate, making it harder to move the quilt.
I love my Spring darning foot and find it fantastic while doing free motion embrodery or quilting.
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Old 02-19-2008, 05:20 AM
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Originally Posted by barnbum
Thanks for the encouraging words. I have to find the right foot! Maybe I have one. :? Are they a standard with machines? I never think I'll find something that will fit my old girl. What do they look like?

I want to be able to quilt some of my smaller stuff. I have 5 tops piled up now. :roll:
My spring loaded darning foot was not standard with my machine so I had to buy it separately, but it was the best money I spent! It is a great foot for stippling too. I love to stipple and this foot makes it a breeze to do :)

Good luck with it!!

Never give up!!! Never Surrender!!! (I just love that Toy Story quote)!!!
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I found two diffferent feet in my sewing machine storage area--they look like they have arrows on them. One seems slightly higher up than the other--maybe my imagination. What are they for?

Note--when I took my machine in to be serviced a long while back, I borrowed one just like mine. Then it wasn't right, so I took it back again. :roll: But weeks later when I checked in the storage area realized the drawers had been switched. There was bobbin with colors I never would have picked, and different feet!
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Sounds like someone slipped you a mickey, LOL.
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Don't worry...you will find the right foot...(look for the round shape and let it be transparent...works best for me ....the foot must allowed you too see well not blocking the view....
I tried also with plenty of frastration at first.....The right tool (foot) helps a lot....Don't give up....Also remember to decrease the tension....(not only on the machine......lol).....
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Originally Posted by barnbum
Thanks for the encouraging words. I have to find the right foot! Maybe I have one. :? Are they a standard with machines? I never think I'll find something that will fit my old girl. What do they look like?
This is what the one on my machine looks like.


The photo shows the feed dogs down. I have never used a cover for them, they are well out of the way when I quilt. I have, however not used one at all. The presser foot has to be in the down position, whether you use one or not, just to engage the tensioning devices. If you are using a very thick batting, you will have difficulty.

When I was free motion quilting without the foot, I found it to be more difficult as when I crossed the seams the fabric would sometimes come up with the needle. It is also easier to sew through your fingers, something I strongly discourage...don't ask...

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Old 02-20-2008, 07:13 AM
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All I can say is keep up the practice - trying & trying & try again. I have just started trying free motion quilting this past year and, No, everything is not perfect, but it is fun and I am getting better. I have done nothing larger than a lap quilt, which is what I normally make. All the above hints are great ones.
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Miss Treated--that helps to know what the heck I'm looking for!! Thanks!! Now I'm really wondering what the feet are I have--I'll have to take a picture of them.

As far as I know--I'm not able to drop the feed dogs.

I'm happy to practice--but I have to get the right equipment first.

Losing my quilter--and saving money on the small stuff is VERY motivating. :? (determined smile face)
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What are these? I know--they are a rare kind of foot that are worth $100s, right? :wink:

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This site has a "free motion quilting foot" and a "darning / embroidery foot"

http://www.singersewingmachine.com/parts_standard.htm

Which one do I want? :?: :?:

Did I ever tell you how much I love this forum and all the help?? :D
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