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Thread: Best FMQ foot for a 301?

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    Best FMQ foot for a 301?

    I want to buy a darning/embroidery foot for my 301. There are a few options I have seen online. Does anyone care to recommend one? I don't have lots of sewing money to spend, so I want to make sure I make the best choice that I can.

    Here are some options:

    One from sew classic
    http://shop.sew-classic.com/Singer-S...F60417-FMD.htm

    Amazon, Big foot by Lynn Graves
    http://www.amazon.com/Graves-Free-mo...145068&sr=8-18

    Singer slant shank from Amazon
    http://www.amazon.com/Singer-Slant-s...145001&sr=8-14

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    I don't know about the others, but the Big Foot has been my FMQ foot for quite some time, and I love it. Would really prefer an all metal one (since the Big Foot was to replace a cheap FMQ off brand foot that snapped--literally!), but the Big Foot is great. Have you done FMQ before? The BF can be a little intimidating because it makes a lot of noise, but it really helps to time your movement with the quilt top.

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    Two of the three you have posted do not have an opening for the thread. That would drive me crazy. Here is my favorite. It's gone up since I bought mine, but the shipping is still free. When I took a FMQ class at a Janome dealer, the instructor liked my foot better than any they sold or her personal Bernina one.
    http://www.april1930s.com/html/slant...y___darni.html

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    Thanks for asking. I am interested too to see what others recommend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brynn View Post
    Have you done FMQ before? The BF can be a little intimidating because it makes a lot of noise, but it really helps to time your movement with the quilt top.
    I have not! Why does it make so much noise? Is that typical of this type of foot? I ask because my house is tiny, so if I am sewing everyone can hear. I don't want to add to the noise if I can help it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose View Post
    Two of the three you have posted do not have an opening for the thread. That would drive me crazy. Here is my favorite. It's gone up since I bought mine, but the shipping is still free. When I took a FMQ class at a Janome dealer, the instructor liked my foot better than any they sold or her personal Bernina one.
    http://www.april1930s.com/html/slant...y___darni.html
    Is that the same as the one Sew Classic sells? They look very similar to my untrained eye.

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    Quote Originally Posted by janeite View Post
    I have not! Why does it make so much noise? Is that typical of this type of foot? I ask because my house is tiny, so if I am sewing everyone can hear. I don't want to add to the noise if I can help it.
    It's mostly to do with the fact that it's got such a large circle, and that it's all plastic, so there's a lot of friction and clacking when it comes up and goes down. You know what, I'll record mine this afternoon for you so you can hear what I'm talking about. But I think you will find that any FMQ foot is going to be a little noisier than just regular sewing. There's no incentive to the designers of these feet to have the foot 'ease back' into the highest position while sewing; it's far easier to let it snap back with the help of the spring.

    Hope that made sense!

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    I have the one you linked from Amazon(actually, I have two of them). And it's very noisy too. I've tried removing the first thread guide and cutter to see if it helps with the noise and it doesn't. It works fine. I DON'T like openings in the FMQ feet as they tend to catch on things. I much prefer a closed foot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by janeite View Post
    Is that the same as the one Sew Classic sells? They look very similar to my untrained eye.
    It looks the same to me and I've had a year's worth of up close and personal activity with that foot. When I was looking, I don't think sew-classic had this one. It is not quiet, but I live alone and the dogs don't mind.

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    I have the one from sew classic and I like it fine. I like the grid on it.

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    I bought the one from sew-classic for my 401A and it will fit my 301.

    http://shop.sew-classic.com/Singer-S...F60417-FMD.htm

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    I have the Big Foot & rally like it.
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    I haven't done that much FMQ, so I am very glad to get this info as I begin to do more of it. So nice to have the sharing of info that this board has.
    To make lots of quilts, is to have lots of scraps, and I do, and I do.
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    you only want the 'slant shank' foot if your machine is a slant shank machine- otherwise it will not work- just like long & short shank feet- they are dependant on the correct machine-
    it is always best to get the feet made for your machine- when you use 'knock off's ' you take a chance of damaging your machine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose View Post
    Two of the three you have posted do not have an opening for the thread. That would drive me crazy. Here is my favorite. It's gone up since I bought mine, but the shipping is still free. When I took a FMQ class at a Janome dealer, the instructor liked my foot better than any they sold or her personal Bernina one.
    http://www.april1930s.com/html/slant...y___darni.html

    best looking one i have seen.....bet it works better than the one i have, so i ordered it !!!!!

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    I'm quite happy with the one from Sew-Classic. It's the same as the one from Aprils 1930's. I like a metal foot myself....Either one of these online vendors are first-rate to purchase from and I've done very well with both of them over the past couple of years. I have no experience with the Big Foot, but have heard it mentioned a lot with good comments. Good luck with your purchase.
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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose View Post
    It looks the same to me and I've had a year's worth of up close and personal activity with that foot. When I was looking, I don't think sew-classic had this one. It is not quiet, but I live alone and the dogs don't mind.
    Notice the difference in price also between these two online stores. Glad to see this thread today as I was doing my research last night online. I know this question was answered before in the vintage shop but didn't have the energy to search for it. Now.... Which walking foot do I need to find?
    Cindy

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    There isn't a great walking foot available for the 301. The width of the available feed dogs are ALL too large. So, none will work as walking feet should with matching upper feed dogs to the lower...you can find walking feet that will fit. They need to say they've been dremmeled out and tested. Sew Classics sells them and she tests them for fit. HOWEVER, know that even though they "fit" they don't work as walking feet are designed too...there are simply no walking feet on the market with narrow feed dogs. I wish someone would wise up and back engineer a correct walking foot for the 301.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    There isn't a great walking foot available for the 301. The width of the available feed dogs are ALL too large. So, none will work as walking feet should with matching upper feed dogs to the lower...you can find walking feet that will fit. They need to say they've been dremmeled out and tested. Sew Classics sells them and she tests them for fit. HOWEVER, know that even though they "fit" they don't work as walking feet are designed too...there are simply no walking feet on the market with narrow feed dogs. I wish someone would wise up and back
    engineer a correct walking foot for the 301.
    Thanks Candace, that explains why the one site mentioned a Dremel and said the foot had been tested. I love my 301 , but I guess I can keep Bernie the Bernina out for those jobs that need a walking foot. I'm definitely going to try the quilting foot with the grid markings on it.
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    Did a search and this came up. I have a new to me 301 that has a nice stitch until I put the big purple foot on it and then it won't sew! Any suggestions? New needle, threaded correctly, I think the foot is on correctly (the only way it will fit on) and like I said, on a straight stitch it is fine.

    Help!!
    Alyce

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stitchnripper View Post
    Did a search and this came up. I have a new to me 301 that has a nice stitch until I put the big purple foot on it and then it won't sew! Any suggestions? New needle, threaded correctly, I think the foot is on correctly (the only way it will fit on) and like I said, on a straight stitch it is fine.

    Help!!
    Are you sure it' s a slant shank foot?

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    I am guessing it is, because it seems to fit, and the label on the envelope says Big foot slant Shank for Singer. It is just curious to me that it will straight stitch fine, but won't pick up the bobbin thread with this foot on. I have re-cleaned it (not much to find) and am still very much a novice at this, but, am determined!!
    Alyce

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    You can try increasing the pressure on the pressure foot and going with a larger needle. This sometimes helps. Or at least lessens the number of skipped stitches. HOWEVER, I must tell you that most of my 301's that did this were a hair out of time. The straight stitch was fine, but the minute you start FMQing it would skip because the timing wasn't dead on. And the movements you make with the quilt sandwich while FMQing really test the machine's timing. I've had to retime most of my 301's for this very reason. And after retiming them, the skipped stitching was gone.

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    Thanks Candace. I have never retimed anything so I'll guess tomorrow I will get busy on trying to figure that out.

    I see a diagram on line from sewusa. I think I need a good night's sleep and some measuring tool for the clearances.
    Alyce

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    Check the timing to make sure it's a hair off before touching it. Alternately, you can try another FMQing foot to see if it likes it better than your purple one.

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